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Why Light My Property With Landscape Lighting

You've likely spent countless hours planning and designing the features of your yard all to showcase your home. From yard design and plantings to specific accents used to give that special touch and make your house your home. In most cases, this has been done during the day with an emphasis on how it looks in bright light. But, have you considered how it might look when the sun sets?

With landscape lighting, you have the power to transform your outdoor living space into an outdoor sanctuary when the sun goes down. While this may sound easier said than done, there are a number of steps one can take to create that effect. To achieve a superior lighting effect, having an eye on design is a must, but so too is being aware of the options available to achieve your look. In this blog, we will walk through the foundation of landscape lighting and go over the multiple types of lighting to consider.  

Highlight Landscape Features 

Being a homeowner, you care how your home looks, inside and out. That's why at Landscape Lighting Pro we spend time customizing your outdoor lighting to achieve the look you want. While we know most homeowners want to make sure it looks good during the daytime, what happens when the sun goes down is where we focus.

After sunset, does your admired landscape disappear into the night? If your answer is yes, then you need landscape lighting. When installing landscape lighting, you can select what features to highlight which can bring a different or nuanced appearance to your home. Not only that, but you can actually bring out even more highlights than you knew was achievable. In fact, there are certain features in your landscape that can only become more enhanced through the right amount of light shadows created with strategically placed lighting. 

Bring Water Features to Life 

With landscape lighting, water features like waterfalls, streams, and ponds can really pop when adding light. Lighting water can do great things to enhance these features when lit up just right. When you add lights underwater, your pool of water turns into a glowing pool of light. Using an array of water lighting in your yard can automatically become a work of art. 

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Add Unique Accents When You Install Outdoor Landscape Lighting  

When you get outdoor landscape lighting installed, you can highlight parts of your yard that weren't highlighted in the sunlight. For example, you can highlight a pathway to direct people while they walk along up to your home that may be unmarked during the day. While you're at it you can light decorative lighting that outlines spaces to create a new shape for your home. 

You can light up trees from below, above, or behind to create different shadows which bring texture and motion to the nighttime experience. Similarly, you can add accent lighting to your home to highlight shapes, textures, and unique architectural flares of your home that might get lost in the daylight. 

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The number of options available to you is impressive. You may wish to only highlight one area of your yard, or illuminate the entire yard. You can focus on specific areas and expand over time. The choice is yours. 

Adds Security

In addition to the visual benefits, landscape lighting offers, when you have outdoor lighting, it also provides homeowners with a sense of security. When you're a homeowner you should be able to feel safe both inside your own home and in their outdoor spaces. 

When homes have an outdoor space that is dark it can cause concerns about safety. Sure, you may not be "afraid of the dark", but deep shadows all over your home can be pretty scary. Why not address these with properly located lighting solutions to minimize this risk?

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If you are worried about animals or people, or don't like not knowing what's out there, landscape lighting can make you feel better. While having a well-lit yard will help keep uninvited guests away from your home, it will make you feel safer as well. 

Installing outdoor lighting can allow you to entertain safely in your outdoor spaces. You don't have to worry about moving inside as the dark skies roll in. Rather, you can move around and see what you're doing rather than having to shift the party inside. 

Adds Value

With all home improvement projects, installing quality landscape lighting can add so much value to your home. You can enjoy the additional benefits whether you expect to stay in your home for a short-term or for a more long-term time. This will help you get both enjoyment value and resale value from installing outdoor landscape lighting. 

Installing exterior lighting can dramatically change the look and feel of any yard, helping you extend and enjoy more of your living space. 

Are you looking for a professional lighting design? 

If you are looking for a professional to help with your landscape lighting installation, 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 over 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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