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Love Your Outdoor Spaces4/26/2014
Transform your yard into a beautiful and fun place.
Warmer weather has arrived! There’s no better place than your own backyard for relaxing, entertaining and enjoying the outdoors.Just as lighting is important inside your home, lighting outside of your home is equally important. Outdoor lighting can make your home look beautiful and highlight the architectural features in the evening. Aside from looks, safety and security of your home can give you and your guests added security and peace of mind when entering and leaving your home. Here are some helpful tips when considering exterior lighting for your walkways, landscaping and home’s exterior.
Beauty: Outdoor lighting enhances the beauty of your property, makes your home safer and more secure, and increases the number of pleasurable hours you spend outdoors. And it is an investment that pays off handsomely in the value it adds to your home.
Choose lighting for safety: . There are numerous varieties of lanterns to align your sidewalk, and integral sidewalk and stair lighting to match your home’s exterior design. If you have added exterior features like a swimming pool, exterior porch or entertaining space, ensure these areas are well lit as well
For added security, illuminate any side of the house that would otherwise be in shadow. To conserve energy, install a motion- or heat-sensitive control that will switch on the light only if someone approaches that side of the house. An automatic timer can control a portion of your outdoor lights to turn off at a certain hour, while basic security lights can be left on through the night. Another proven safety measure is to use timers on interior lights to make your home look occupied when you're away.
Energy savings: Don’t let your exterior spaces drive up your home’s energy bills. New LED deck and landscape lights are low-maintenance, cost-effective options. Lasting up to 40,000 hours – about 15 years – these fixtures use 70% less energy than incandescent lights.
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