Outdoor lighting can be an integral part of your home’s security. While standard floodlights may help deter potential intruders, there is much more to consider when it comes to strategically illuminating your outdoor spaces.
Let’s take a closer look at outdoor lighting design options that don’t just improve your home’s aesthetic appeal but also contribute to your safety.
The Role of Outdoor Lighting in Safety and Security
Illuminating dark areas makes it more challenging for trespassers to approach or enter your house undetected. Studies show that outdoor lighting can reduce the likelihood of home break-ins. A well-lit home discourages criminals. They look at your illuminated home and quickly move along to an unlit one. Outdoor lighting for your driveway and house can also give you more peace of mind about security while you’re away on trips, or when teenagers or aging parents stay alone at home. Well-placed exterior lights can highlight risky spots such as uneven walkway surfaces, pool surrounds, and stairs, helping reduce the chance of accidentally tripping.
Essential Outdoor Lighting Tips
1. Hire a Professional Outdoor Lighting Contractor
To optimize your outdoor lighting design for both aesthetics and security, consider hiring an outdoor lighting specialist from Pro Lighting Outdoors. We offer expertise in selecting optimal light placement, recommending high-quality products that will last the longest in our Florida climate, and designing a complete outdoor lighting system with energy efficiency in mind. Check out some of our work to see local examples and get inspiration for your outdoor lighting project!
2. Light Up Your Driveway
Illuminating your driveway is aesthetically pleasing and can enhance the safety and security of your home. We can light up your driveway and front walkways to accentuate any paver or stonework that has been laid. Low voltage, energy-efficient LED lights work great for driveway lighting. Moon lighting using post lamps, spotlights, or cored LED paver fixtures are some more options to consider.
3. Secure Your Perimeter
Many homes in a large community have fencing around the backyard. Perimeter lighting not only deters potential intruders but also can help you or your neighbors spot any suspicious activity around your property. By illuminating your fencing, you create a visible barrier that discourages trespassing and provides peace of mind. The type of lighting to choose will depend on the style and material of your fencing. We can help evaluate whether recessed lights or post lights would work best along the perimeter.
4. Make Your Front Porch Visible
Front porch lighting provides excellent illumination to the focal point of your home. This is an area where homeowners can get extra creative with their exterior lighting choices. For example, one option could be to install hanging lights, such as pendants or chandeliers, to elevate their entry space. Wall sconces or string lighting can also add character and ambience. No matter which routes you decide to go, illuminating your front porch space is the perfect way to improve security, safety, and visibility as guests approach your front door in the evening.
5. Spotlight Trees, Windows, and Entry Doors
Illuminating trees and entry points into the home not only enhances the beauty of your outdoor space but also serves as an effective security measure. If there are trees that sit close to your home, intruders may try to climb them to access the upper windows. Uplights can be placed at the base of a tree and recessed soffit lights can illuminate alcoves and second-story dormer windows or patios. Wall washing is another lighting design that eliminates shadows and highlights a home’s architecture by flooding it with bright uniform light at a wide angle. These types of lighting fixtures are typically mounted on the ground and positioned in a way to produce an up-lighting effect.
Staying Safe With Top-Notch Outdoor Lighting Design
Investing in quality outdoor lighting is beneficial for enhancing your home’s safety and security. Pro Lighting Outdoors has a unique approach to lighting homes and our goal is for our customers to have exactly what they want and be thrilled with how everything turned out. Allow Pro Lighting Outdoors to install exterior lighting at your house to show you what the possibilities can look like. Once you can see the possibilities at night, it’s much easier to choose! If you’re interested in bringing your house to life with outdoor lighting, call Pro Lighting Outdoors for a great experience and a great result. Contact us today for more information.