Light landscaping is becoming more widespread in residential houses. Light landscaping consists of improving the land and exterior of the home with commercial lighting. Outdoor commercial lighting actually provides many advantages to the homeowner. These are just some of the benefits of architectural lighting.
Increased safety of the house
Outdoor commercial lighting can improve the safety of the house. Criminals tend to target houses with minimal lighting because there is less of a chance that they will be spotted and caught. In fact, many studies show that increased amount of lighting in both residential and commercial properties reduces the number of criminal break ins. Utilize light landscaping to illuminate the most important parts of your house, including the front and back doors, windows, and any other entry points.
Increase in curb appeal
Homeowners are constantly hearing about curb appeal and how important it is. Curb appeal is the initial impression of your house from the exterior. It is often improved with landscaping such as planting trees, flowers, and bushes. Additionally, painting and updating the exterior of the house can also improve the curb appeal. Studies show that an increased curb appeal improves the value of the house and creates more buyer interest when on the real estate market. Nearly 90% of real estate agents encourage homeowners to invest in landscaping prior to selling.
Better outdoor entertainment areas
Entertaining into the evening hours can be difficult if you do not have sufficient lighting. Outdoor commercial lighting can allow you to take the party into the evening hours, while still feeling comfortable and safe in your backyard. Over half of all homeowners who are upgrading their outdoor spaces spend six or more hours there per week (51%). Relaxing, gardening, and entertaining are the top three uses of the space. Exterior lighting designs can be planned to highlight entertaining spaces.
More energy efficient houses
Using floodlights and area lights can also improve the energy efficiency of a house. Many outdoor commercial lighting sources are powered by solar energy. This means that they recharge during the day when the sunlight is out. LEDs, for example, use only 15% of the energy a standard halogen light uses and provide up to 85% more light output. While this makes LEDs highly efficient in comparison, some power is still utilized. However, homeowners are also likely to see a decrease in their home energy costs. The light from the exterior allows homeowners to use less interior lightings, especially at night. They can feel safe and secure without leaving household lights or exterior door lights on throughout the night.
The ability to complete household tasks at night
At initial thought, it might seem odd to complete household tasks in the dark. However, many states have shorter days in the winter, meaning it gets darker earlier. For some months of the year, the sun can set by 6 PM. With many people working until this time, the household tasks need to be completed in the dark. Tasks like taking the garbage out, removing debris from the yard, and leaf removal might occur when the sun has already set. Outdoor commercial lighting can help homeowners to complete these household tasks, while still feeling safe.
Light landscaping is the process of improving the exterior yard of a home with lighting. There are many commercial lights to choose from and a careful light design can reduce theft and crime, increase safety in the house, increase the curb appeal and value of the house, reduce energy bills, and create an outdoor entertainment space, even into the night hours.