One of the easiest ways to boost a properties curb appeal and value is to put a little work into landscaping. Since landscaping is a relatively labor heavy low cost area, many homeowners opt to perform the work themselves. As a perfect do-it-yourself job, enhancing the appearance of any property requires a fair bit of planning. However, one aspect many homeowners and DIY’ers miss is landscape lighting. One factor in many great commercial locations, from theme parks to office buildings, is great lighting: both indoors and out. Adding a touch of light to a landscape can bring a home to life once the sunsets.
Homeowners concerned about safety and security after dark need only evaluate their particular needs. Outdoor stairways and dark paths are just a few areas where landscape lighting can be put to good use as a safety element so that residents and visitors can see where they are walking. In addition, lighting mulch beds and flower beds can help deter intruders. Lighting does not necessarily have to be bright, many times just a sprinkle of light on steps or an illuminated walkway can work wonders.
Whatever particular needs have to be addressed, chances are an outdoor light fixture or light designed for landscaping is available. While low voltage lighting is extremely popular and somewhat energy efficient, solar lighting has begun to creep into the mainstream. Since solar landscape lights do not need to be plugged or wired to a power source, they allow even more flexibility on location. As an added benefit, solar lights can be repositioned time and again without having to move a wire or run additional cable. While solar lights are generally not as bright as wired lights, they offer the ultimate benefit in operational costs.
Create Dramatic Effects
Creating dramatic effects with landscape lighting is completely possible. Using flood lights to brighten the side of a house or even to uplight a tree can produce some impressive results. However, using soft touches of light can bring the colors of a flower bed to life, while a series of lights can make the driveway look like it was professionally designed. Illuminating the landscape around patios and pools can even help define the areas and create a more alluring atmosphere.
While any homeowner can seek the advice of a professional designer, many choose to take a walk around the property and take notes. Since the entire project does not have to be completed at one time, DIY’ers can budget the job in steps, which greatly lowers the cost. All that is really required to undertake a landscape lighting project is a little imagination and some dedication. Checking out areas that could use some lighting and the availability of power supplies, if needed, is always a good place to start. Just as in any landscape project, sometimes trial and error is the best way to learn. While any home can look fantastic during daylight hours, making one stand out at night can be a reward all to itself.