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The Benefits Of Installing Outdoor Lighting

23rd August 2013

outdoor lighting

 
The exterior of your home deserves as much attention as the interior. Fortunately, installing outdoor lights can help you upgrade your home’s exterior. Here are some of the benefits of installing outdoor lighting.

 
Security

Burglary is a big problem in the United States. According to figures released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, burglars break into 1.5 million homes every year and the cost of these burglaries adds up to about $4.6 billion annually. Of course, by installing outdoor lighting, you will make it harder for intruders to break into your home at night. For instance, you could install outdoor lights to illuminate walkways, the backyard, and the front yard. In addition, outdoor lights that illuminate entry points into your home such as doors and windows play a big role in discouraging intruders. A study carried out by the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association found that 23% of burglars broke into homes through windows. Therefore, the aforementioned lighting is likely to deter such burglars.

 
Curb Appeal

Besides security, outdoor lighting can also add curb appeal. This can translate to a higher price if you decide to sell your home in the future. In general, outdoor lights are likely to elicit the “wow” factor from potential buyers. The HomeGain National Home Improvement Survey 2012 found that 97% of real estate agents advice their clients to buy properties with beautiful landscapes. Additionally, the Husqvarna Global Garden Report shows that 63% of homebuyers pay more for properties with great curb appeal. In view of this, you should hire a professional to install the lights instead of installing them yourself.

 
Beauty

Outdoor lighting accentuates the beauty of a home as well as landscape features such as gardens, water features, patios and decking. You can use the beautiful outdoor setting created by such lighting as the backdrop for party, wedding reception, or even an al fresco family meal. Alternatively, you can just relax outdoors to unwind and enjoy the beautiful scenery after a hard day at work.

 
Affordable

Contrary to what you probably believe, the aforementioned lighting is not necessarily expensive to install and maintain. To start with, if you are working on a budget, you should choose low-voltage lights that will not use too much power and consequently lead to high electricity bills. In addition, you may not need to keep outdoor lights on throughout the night. If this is the case, you should install lights that turn on automatically when motion sensors detect movement within a defined area. Such lights will help you keep your electricity bill as low as possible.

All in all, illuminating your property at night has several advantages. Firstly, it is likely to deter most burglars from breaking into your home. Secondly, it will increase your property’s curb appeal and possibly its resale value. Thirdly, when installed properly, such lights accentuate the beauty of landscaping features. Finally, outdoor lighting offers some money saving options such as low-voltage lights and automatic switches with timers that you can use, particularly if you want to keep your electricity bill relatively low.