Outside Lights - Beautify, Secure and Raise the Value of Your HomeA properly designed and implemented landscape lighting d...
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Thinking about lighting up your yard with outside lights? A properly designed and implemented landscape lighting design will not only provide you with years of enjoyment and security, but the permanent improvements will also instantly add value to your home.

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Outside lights beautify, secure and raise the value of your home

  1. 1. Outside Lights - Beautify, Secure and Raise the Value of Your HomeA properly designed and implemented landscape lighting design will not only provide you withyears of enjoyment and security, but the permanent improvements will also instantly addvalue to your home. The warm and inviting feeling provided by landscape lights elevates themood and offers a welcome feeling to visitors.Thoughtful homeowners take pride in the appearance of their home. But outdoor lighting issomething that too often gets left out of the landscaping equation. If you are going to take thetime, effort and energy to make your yard functional and visually attractive during the day, itwould seem a natural extension to preserve and enhance these same qualities when the sunsets, right?The benefits of lighting your yard, walkways, driveways, decks and gardens are numerous.First, they provide a decorative level of creativity, flair and style to your landscaping. Second,decorative ideas like outdoor walkway lighting make nighttime strolls and activities safe andenjoyable. Also, if you live in a climate where conditions dont allow for spending evenings inthe yard, outside lights provide a picturesque backdrop when gazing through a window frominside the home.Outdoor flood lights, motion sensor outdoor lighting, patio deck lighting and outdoor tracklighting are excellent examples of how you can easily make your home safe and secure. Youcan use small lights to illuminate the pathway curves and use larger lights to shed light onobjects you want to highlight and reveal otherwise darkened spaces. First-time guests tohomes particularly appreciate path lighting leading up to an entrance way. The last thing youwant is for dear old Aunt Hazel to break a hip trudging up to your front door!If you like sleeping in a home secure in the knowledge your home is protected againstprowlers, scoundrels, and other mischief-makers, a well-lit home is a proven deterrence. Inaddition, outdoor security lighting may very well entitle you to lowered payments on yourhomeowners insurance policy. To find out, simply consult your policy or give your insuranceagent a call or send an email.For those having a house built, the ideal time to install outside lights is during the process oflandscaping the yard. It doesnt stretch the imagination too far to understand thatimplementing a lighting design after the landscape has been permanently installed is going tobe more expensive than incorporating it from the beginning.Should you do it yourself? Whether tackling an outdoor lighting project is something for you depends on howcomfortable you are working with such things as transformers, landscape lighting wires, wirestrippers, wire nuts, screw drivers, electrical tape, lights and bulbs. If this doesnt daunt you, itcan actually be relatively easy and inexpensive to set up a landscape lighting design thatfinishes off an overall landscape design in a way that is visually appealing, functional andsecure.Home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes offer pre-packaged outdoor lightingkits that make the job even easier by including all the parts you will need. If you have a
  2. 2. design of your own, you can select products individually.As long as you educate yourself, exercise some patience, and use your own creativity, youllfind that much of the work toward creating a beautifully lit landscape can be done withoutbringing in electricians or outdoor lighting experts. In short, just about anyone has the abilityto install any kind of yard lighting, whether solar patio lights, motion detector lights or evenpond lights.Tips for hiring a professional serviceIf you dont want to fool around with transformers, then youll most likely want to bring in aprofessional service to see your landscape lighting ideas through to fruition. But before youhire a service, you have a little research to do. To start with, you want to make sure anycompany you consider working with is bonded, insured and accredited. From this startingpoint, move on to inquiring of the companys knowledge and level of experience in landscapelighting design and execution.Also consider whether the company offers a yearly maintenance package that covers suchthings as outdoor light bulbs and other products used in the lighting system. The outdoorlandscape lighting company should also be able to prepare a presentation that includescurrent catalogs and pricing. Ask about the products used by the company and why they usethem. Request catalogs and thoroughly read through warranties, which should be included ineach catalog requested. The most reputable and trusted products will come with lifetimewarranties.A professional service should advise you about the best way to achieve an appearance thathighlights the best features of your home while beautifully concealing necessary items likepower lines, gas meters, air conditioning units, garden hoses, etc. This design should takeinto account proper placement of controllers and fixtures that uses the least amount of lightingto get the job done. In other words, a well-designed outside lights system should workefficiently and be extremely cost-effective.

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