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Landscaping Lighting Tips for Your Property

February 1, 2016

Landscaping Lighting Tips for Your Property

Curb appeal is important for any home, and landscaping plays the most important role in that. But, what happens when the sun sets? Will your landscaping still stand out?

Proper landscaping lighting can bring out the best of your design, even at night. You don’t need to light everything; just a few strategically placed lights can bring it to life  and provide a pleasant illuminated glow during the nighttime hours.

To help you properly set up landscaping lighting, here are a few tips:

  • Set a goal. Define your vision for your landscaping. Do you want a romantic atmosphere? Do you want lighting for added safety? Your goal will help you determine how to set up your lights.
  • Plot the lighting location. Create a visual blueprint of how your lights should appear in your yard. Know where you can add lights and what you want to highlight at night.
  • Set a budget. Lighting your landscaping can be expensive. However, there are also lower-cost lighting options that you can find in local stores. If you set a budget beforehand, including labor, you can control your spending while still achieve your desired look.
  • Purchase the right kind of lights. Make sure that you are buying lights that are meant for the outdoors, not indoors. Outdoor lighting can withstand harsher weather conditions, and this is also better for safety.
  • Consider energy efficiency. Your landscaping lighting will add to your energy expense, but fortunately, there are ways you can minimize the cost without compromising your goal. LED lights and energy-conserving bulbs use less energy. If you are placing lights in areas that receive a lot of sunlight during the day, you can even opt for solar-powered lights which use zero electricity.
  • Don’t overdo your lighting. The idea is to softly highlight features at night, not look like a Christmas tree. Strategize your lighting locations, so the total effect is classy, not comical.
  • Consider added features like a timer and photocell. These added features can help you minimize energy costs. You can set the timer to when you want your lights to automatically turn on and off, which maximizes energy efficiency since sunset and sunrise happen at different hours throughout the year.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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