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Is Landscape Lighting Worth the Money?

Starting any home project can feel risky. You never know how it will turn out, if you will like the results, but most importantly, if it will be worth the time and money spent in completing the project. This is true with a landscape lighting project as well. 

Landscape lighting can feel like an addition that is just a little too expensive and maybe not worth it...that is until the project is finished and the lights come on. There are numerous benefits that you won't even know exist until you see your home that first night. We've said it before and we'll say it again...once the lights come on, you will wonder why you ever waited so long to add landscape lighting to your home. 

So, what are some of the benefits that make landscape lighting worth the money spent?

1. Security 


A huge benefit of adding landscape lighting to your home is the security the lights bring. When you light the landscape, architecture, walks, and entrances, it creates this ring of security around your property. It gives you complete visual control over even the very back part of your property that would otherwise be dark holes.

In addition, a well-lit home is a major deterrent to potential trespassers because the lights make it challenging to go unseen when approaching. Therefore, even after you go to sleep, the lights are still on to keep your home and property secure. Landscape lighting is such a simple yet extremely effective way to enhance the security of your home at night, making it well worth the investment. 

2. Visual Appeal


We spend so much time and money on making sure our home's curb appeal is eye catching and beautiful. The landscaping, the architecture, and just overall look of the property is the first impression our home gives to guests or the neighbors. Landscape lighting is the best way to carry this visual appeal into the evening hours. 

Illuminating the landscape and architecture of the home creates a warm and welcoming feel when arriving to your home. It highlights all the unique and beautiful features of your home that are seen during daylight hours but get lost after dark. As you can see from the before and after images above, proper outdoor lighting completely changes the look and feel of your home at night. 

3. Accident Prevention 


Simple tasks such as taking the trash out, walking to and from the home, or trekking up and down stairs can become dangerous at night. Both you and your guests are unable to see the curves in the path, the rock on the walkway, or where the step is that leads to the front door. This is especially true during the dark, winter months that can bring snow and ice.

Landscape lighting helps prevent accidents like tripping and falling because it allows you to see exactly where you are going after dark. There are many ways to illuminate the paths, steps, walks and entrances around the property. Learn a few of our favorite ways to light these areas to make your investment well worth it here. 

4. Functionality 


Time in your outdoor living space is one of the best ways to spend and evening. Barbecuing, dining, reading, or simply enjoying time chatting with family and friends can all become difficult after the sun goes down. Landscape lighting allows you to extend the time spent in your outdoor living space.

From bistros, to uplighting, to moonlighting, there are so many ways to make your outdoor space functional after the sun goes down. Investing in lighting for your outdoor living space is not only worth it for the functionality after dark, it also makes your investment in the outdoor living space well with it because of all the extended use you will get!

Pro Tip: Invest in a Lighting Professional 

We cannot tell you how many times we have had to rip a lighting system out and replace it because a homeowner went with the cheaper option. The best thing you can do to make your landscape lighting investment worth the money is to hire a professional who offers high quality fixtures, installation, and system servicing programs. Doing so will ensure that your lighting system is going to last for years and years to come versus needing to be replaced after just a couple of years. To learn more about hiring a landscape lighting professional, download our hiring guide to learn what to look for when searching for the right company. 

Are you in need of landscape lighting professional?

If you are looking for a high quality landscape lighting system for your home but don't know where to start, take the first step and request a consultation here! Let our designers create not only a functional property, but one that highlights the beauty of your home even at night. 


At Landscape Lighting Pro, the art of outdoor illumination is a real passion we work to perfect. Designing elegantly bespoke landscape lighting systems is simply all we do. For nearly 20 years, our award winning team of designers and craftsmen have striven to bring the best outdoor lighting experience possible to people's homes and businesses across the Wasatch Front & beyond. 

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