Illuminating the Great Outdoors

Not everyone finds themselves living in a suburban setting with plenty of street lights to illuminate the night. If you are one of the many that live in the country, among the woods, or on the outskirts of town, you know how dark it can be at night. This creates many concerns. Poorly lit locations can be a security and safety hazard as well as unattractive. The following tips can help you solve these issues quickly and easily.

Functional Lighting

This includes basic lamps that every home should have on the exterior. Start by installing decorative outside lights near each door. This includes one above the garage door. If your yard is large, you may also want to have lamps professionally installed around the perimeter of the property. These are often similar to street lights and are mounted high on pressure treated wood utility poles like those from Brown Wood Preserving Company.

Illuminate

Safety and Security

Most exterior lighting is used as a safety feature. Motion activated lights are ideal for backyards or areas further out from the house where intruders are most likely to invade your property. They also keep pets safe when they wander to far from the home. Small solar lights lined along sidewalks and drives add additional safety by providing a lighted walk way to your front door. This is especially important for the elderly or any guests that may arrive.

Decorative Lights

Lighting can be used to decorate the outside of your home in many ways. Small solar lights look beautiful when used to line flower beds around the house. Spot lights can be aimed at the front door to not only make the entrance look grand, but to welcome people inside. Many illuminated garden and fountain features can be found at your local home improvement store that add interest to any outdoor area.

Once you have enough lighting installed to properly illuminate your home, you will feel safe and secure. This additional illumination will also add curb appeal to your house, even on the darkest of nights. Best of all, when you come home at the end of a long day you will be greeted with a warm and friendly atmosphere thanks to a few strategically placed lights.

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