Creating the perfect landscaping for your home’s exterior takes many different elements working in unison. At Turf Goat, we specialize in every area of landscaping, including lawn care, irrigation, and even outdoor lighting. Though it’s overlooked, good outdoor lighting can be a critical element of your home’s exterior. Here are four reasons why you should consider outdoor lighting for your landscaping.

Appearance

Lighting can significantly affect the appearance of your home and yard. The most obvious benefit comes from making your house and landscaping visible at night. Without illumination, your landscaping loses much of its appeal for half of the day. Properly positioned landscape lights can highlight features of your lawn, such as a favorite plant or an area for sitting. An outdoor light technician from Turf Goat can add a sense of drama to your landscaping and boost the curb appeal of your home at night. Outdoor lights can make your home will be more inviting to household members and guests. And in consumer survey of house shoppers, outdoor lighting was something that many people were looking for in a home.

Functionality

Another benefit of outdoor lighting is that it increases the functionality of your outdoor spaces. Instead of heading inside when the sun goes down, outdoor lighting allows homeowners and guests to continue using the front and backyard for outdoor fun. Depending on the type of lights you use, and where they are placed, they can provide enough general light to brighten a patio area or a portion of the yard. Similarly, smaller lights attached to deck posts can be used for late-night dining or conversation areas. Let Turf Goat know the purpose you need your lighting to serve, and we’ll create a lighting plan to accomplish that goal.

Home Security

Another reason to consider outdoor lighting is for the home security benefit. Increasing the illumination of your property at night makes it a less likely target for vandalism or burglary. Criminals and vandals know to avoid homes where the lighting makes it easy to see when something is happening in the yard or to the building. A well-lit exterior makes it difficult for a criminal to approach a house unseen. And adding additional illumination to doors and windows makes it difficult for a break into a house unnoticed. Turf Goat can advise you on the best places to put lights to illuminate your yard.

Personal Safety

Just as outdoor lights can protect your home, they also protect you and your guests from harm. Even without people with ill intent lurking in the shadows, a dark exterior produces hazards for residents and guests. Home exteriors are full of falling hazards such as steep drop-offs, stairs, uneven ground, and more. Lighting the path to the home and near specific hazards reduces the risk of injury to visitors. Lights that illuminate the driveway, walkways and house numbers beautifies the home and makes it easier for visitors to find your home safely. In fact, your insurance company may offer a discount for increased exterior lighting. In a FAQ about home insurance, National General Insurance wrote, “Reduce your home insurance premiums significantly with exterior lighting, smoke alarms, security systems, deadbolts, and other means.”

If you want to improve the lighting in your yard or any other aspect of your landscaping, Turf Goat can help. Send us a message online to learn more about our services. And let us know when you are ready to get a free quote.