Cast your home in a positive light by adding some needed outdoor illumination to your landscape. Outdoor lighting can be warm, dramatic or utilitarian, but it always adds value to your property, whether by means of security or for purely aesthetic reasons. If you’re considering adding some outdoor lighting to your property, ask a professional for advice, or look for your own ideas online.

Every home should have enough outdoor light to allow its occupants and guests safe access. A light should be positioned at the front entrance, affixed to the house or installed in the ceiling of a portico, to facilitate entrance and exit and to provide homeowners adequate lighting to unlock the door. If the front walk is long or has stairs, path lighting should line these areas.

Security Lighting

Physical safety is important, but so is your security — your personal security and that of your possessions. If your front and back entrances are bathed in light, potential burglars will not want to try to pick the lock or break a window to gain access to your home. All entrances to your home should always be lit overnight to deter any budding thieves that might be prowling your neighborhood.

Once safety and security are taken care of, you can concentrate on highlighting the beauty of your home. Many people with stately homes opt for spotlights trained on the façade and/or various landscaping elements. Spot and area lighting can provide illumination where it’s needed, but also can do double-duty highlighting your home’s architectural features such as gables, arches or intricate stonework. In a reverse installation method known as downlighting, lights under and along eaves shine down on walls and shrubbery. Wall washing is another method of lighting that bathes the front of your home in an even, more subtle glow.

Shadows and Highlighting

Another popular outdoor lighting feature in high-end neighborhoods is shadow lighting, a technique in which lights are added in carefully selected areas to play up the shadows cast on the home’s front by trees. The effect is particularly dramatic in a blowing breeze.

An equally dramatic effect can be achieved by placing the light on the opposite side of a tree, highlighting its stature. By varying the distance of the spotlight or adding more than one, you can achieve varying effects.

Moonlighting and Silhouetting

If you have large trees on your property, you can also use them to house the lights, training the spots on your home or front yard for an effect known as moonlighting.

A third technique, silhouetting, is done by placing the lighting element directly between the bush and the home, flooding the wall with light and casting the shrub in a stark silhouette. This is best done with plants that have distinct outlines and dense foliage.

Earthworks Landscaping Services can show you which outdoor lighting features would work best with your home and property. Call them today for a free consultation on how outdoor lighting can add beauty and value to your home.