Home Security & Landscape Lighting
Posted on February 2, 2011
Add Beauty and Safety to Your Home with Lighting
Outdoor residential lighting has come into its own. There was a time when outdoor lighting meant simply a porch light and driveway light, and perhaps these lights would only be turned on when company was expected, or when the kids came around at Halloween for trick or treating. During the holidays this might be extended to a few strings along the gutters or a light-up plastic holiday display in the yard. These simple fixtures served their purpose, but did little to enhance the home. Today, outdoor lighting is much more sophisticated and can improve the home in both beauty and functionality. There are many different ways to light up the outside of your home, but most fall into two categories; security lighting and landscape lighting.
There are many benefits to adding security lighting to a home. The most obvious is that it acts as a deterrent to prowlers and would-be vandals. It’s a well-known fact that criminals love the cover of dark, and a home that has security lighting installed is a less appealing target because there is more of a possibility of the perpetrator being seen. In the event that criminals decide to break into a home, security lighting can help make it easier for them to be identified by those who may have seen the crime take place. Security lighting can also help in warding off wildlife, keeping pesky raccoons and skunks at bay. In some cases they can also be tied into the indoor lighting. This way, even if the homeowner is away they can create the illusion that they are still at home. When the homeowner does return after dark, security lighting can make it easier for them to find their way up darkened walkways.
Security lighting comes in two different categories. The first type is that which stays on all the time. This type of lighting might be used light up a darkened alley between two urban houses, or out in the country to light up adjacent buildings, like garages or barns. Often this type of lighting will have a solar sensor on it, so it will automatically come on at dusk and then shut itself off at dawn. Sodium vapor lights are a great example of this type of light. Low in energy usage, they require a warm-up time before reaching their full brightness. The second type of security lighting is that which comes on only for a short time, and then goes back off. Standard filament-type flood lights work well for this purpose. These lights are often used with motion lighting. When an object is detected in the path of the motion sensor, the light will come on for a predetermined period, and then shut itself off. Motion lighting is especially beneficial in scaring off prowlers and everyday wildlife.
Although lighting can improve a home’s safety, it also has a great deal to offer in improving beauty and functionality. Landscape lighting can help tell a story and highlight focal points of the home. Flower beds, fountains, and shrubs can come to life at night when properly lit. Lights can help accent the angles and texture of a home’s exterior. Those who have lived in Texas for any period of time know that our nights can be warm and pleasant, and many choose to continue their entertaining into the evening hours. Lighting can help usage of entertainment faculties after dark, like swimming pools, hot tubs, BBQ grills, and outdoor seating area. Properly placed lighting can help guests navigate a property and avoid possible accidents.
Installing landscape lighting is something that should be planned carefully. Think about what areas of your property you would like to highlight, and then map out how you imagine the lighting being placed in your yard. When in doubt, follow the old adage “less is more”. Be careful not to overdo outdoor lighting as it should accent your property but not overpower it. The best fixtures will be completely hidden from view, so that only the item that is being lit up is seen. Some fixtures can even mimic their surroundings and camouflage into the area they are being placed. For those with an eye for color, a carefully placed color bulb can add additional nighttime beauty.
Because security lighting and landscape lighting can be a large project, it’s generally better to hire a licensed electrician to complete the work rather than trying to do it yourself. Our Master Electrician can help you make the most of your outdoor lighting plans and bring your ideas to life. We are a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business, and our electrician is licensed and insured. We proudly service the following Texas cities: Addison, Richardson, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Highland Ridge, Corinth, Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Prosper, McKinney, Allen, Little Elm, Frisco, and Plano. We offer free estimates for all jobs; give us a call today!