It should come as no surprise that most of your guests — and many would-be buyers, if your home is on the market — see your home only in the evening, which is, sadly, when its best features may be lost in the shadows.
Thankfully, with the proper outdoor lighting system in place, you can enhance your home’s architectural detail and effectively showcase landscape features, casting your home in the best light possible, while significantly adding to your curb appeal at the same time.
Outdoor Lighting Adds Significant Value
In fact, many real estate experts estimate that, for upper-bracket homes, an investment in outdoor lighting can yield the homeowner a 50% return. Think about it, when a potential buyer pulls into a driveway at night to see a gorgeous home, they’re going to be much more likely to pay more for it.
However, it’s not only about aesthetics. In all price ranges, outdoor lighting for security is important — both to protect against falls and intruders.
The Elements of Successful Outdoor Lighting Mimicking Moonlight
Much of the success of a home’s exterior lighting hinges on its overall design. Have a long enough conversation with outdoor lighting designers and you’ll hear a lot of talk about the “moonlight effect.”
The moonlight effect is basically a naturalistic appearance that features lighting that is no more intense than that of a full moon, while still being strong enough to create intense highlights and gorgeous shadows.
Adding safety and security
Falling is the foremost cause of home injury, even the Home Safety Council concurs with this fact.
When you’re outdoors at night, stair and pathway lighting help to eliminate such hazards from occurring.
With that being said, safety and security can often be combined. For instance, installing motion-detecting lighting that has been mounted near your garage will provide illumination whenever you get out of your car at night; the same function works when it comes to deterring intruders.
Additionally, you can also apply motion detecting to landscape lighting in order to illumine the more shadowy areas of your property, should anyone walk nearby.
Switching to LEDs
Once discouraged by consumers for their high cost and cold, unappealing bluish glow, LEDs are now the light source of choice for the majority of outdoor lighting designers.
This is due to the fact that LEDs have recently come down in price and now feature the same warm light that people love in incandescent bulbs. This love for LEDs among homeowners has grown so much, that it wouldn’t be shocking to find an outdoor lighting company that only installs LED lighting and nothing else.
While LED light fixtures remain twice as expensive as your average incandescents, installation is much simpler because they use low-voltage wiring. At the end of the dayl, LEDs cost only about 25% more to install, while saving the homeowner about 75% on their electricity bill.
Another advantage of LED light fixtures is their longevity, as they last at least 40,000 hours (or approximately 18 years of nighttime service).
If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s curb appeal, no matter the reason, contact the Atlanta outdoor lighting experts at NightVision Outdoor Lighting. We can help design the ideal outdoor lighting system for your home today!