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Show Off Your Landscape At Night With Outdoor Lights

Apr 4, 2008
Outdoor lighting has many benefits for homeowners. One of the major benefits is that it will make your home safer. It does this in many ways. First, it will deter intruders from approaching your home at night. Also, if you have motion sensing lights, neighbors will be able to see when people are around your house to help check up on it while you are not home.

Also, it will help add visibility so you don't trip or slip while walking to your door after you park your car, for example. In addition to safety, outdoor lighting also has the benefit of looking nice and lighting up your prized outdoor landscape. Also, the lights will allow you to spend time outside with friends and family in the late evening hours into night.

You need to decide what the primary purpose of the lighting is before you go out to purchase the lights. You can simply get porch lights or deck lights if that is the only area that needs illumination. If you use your yard often after dark though, other types of lights should be considered. You need to light all areas where people may walk at night.

You may also want lights to deter thieves. Motion lights work best in this situation. When something moves in a certain area, the lights will come on. This kind of light is not on all the time, so it is more energy efficient. Anyone who triggers the light will be startled and if they had intentions of breaking in, they will likely leave.

You can also use solar landscape outdoor lighting to highlight areas of your landscape. The fixtures you choose can also add style to your yard. You can highlight your favorite trees or flowers, your pond, or your entire garden. Possible fixtures include lamps, tikis, spotlights, etc. After you decide what you want the lights to do, you can use your creativity to choose the style of light.
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