Saturday, August 29, 2009

Security with Outdoor Lighting

Don't you wish that all that time and money you spent enhancing the curb appeal of your home did not go to waste after dark. Well worry no longer, you can solve this problem utilizing outdoor lighting that can enhance the overall look and appeal of the architecture of your home and your property as a whole. In addition to creating an elegant and beautiful effect, carefully placed outdoor lighting can increase the property value of your home as well.

But before buying any lighting it is best to develop a plan that will best create the effect that you desire. Things to consider when planning include, but are not limited to, areas such as walkways that assist people in finding the entrances to your home, stairways to eliminate any tripping hazards or outdoor lighting that creates a dramatic effect by lighting that truly amazing specimen tree. You may also consider lights for the security of your property. While some people utilize security lighting that comes on automatically when someone comes on the property, some police departments suggest that a better outside security light plan is constant low-level lighting when it comes to deterring crime.

Another place people seem to overlook is their garden. Perfect outdoor lighting in a garden can transform what would otherwise be just another dark area on your lawn into something that is a true eye catcher. Also consider lighting driveways, pathways and of course properly placed lighting on a porch or patio can transform those spaces into a truly magical spot for parties or that special romantic dinner you've been planning.

Always keep in mind that you can have too much of a good thing also. As you see the dramatic change that outdoor lighting brings to your property it is easy to keep adding lights and to overdo it. Excessive outdoor lighting can have a number of harmful consequences. Glare from unnecessary lighting can be hazardous and could actually take away from the effect you are trying to create. Also, too much artificial light just serves to be a waste of natural resources. Lastly, install timers that turn your lights on at dusk and off at dawn. As previously stated, there's no use in wasting energy because you forget to turn off the lights in the morning.

There are software programs available that allow you to simulate how your outdoor lighting plan will look. With the wealth of styles and types of lighting available today, and the availability of computer software simulators, I know that you will create the perfect outdoor lighting plan. After all is said and done, you will be overjoyed that you have turned a seemingly normal looking landscape into one that looks totally amazing when night falls.

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