There’s nothing quite like having a spacious and welcoming outdoor living space at your home; a place where you can relax or entertain guests. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, enjoying refreshing drinks on your patio, or hanging with friends around your fire pit, you’ll want to make sure your space is safe and well lit. Outdoor lighting fixtures are incredibly versatile, they can be aligned to almost any lighting need.
We at G&R Contracting believe that there are a few different reasons to invest in proper outdoor lighting for your home or office. Today, we’re counting down the top 3 reasons to consider outdoor lighting for your next home improvement project.
1. Outdoor lighting reduces crime and theft.
Many office buildings and workplaces have very specific rules about lighting that must stay on while the property is vacant. The reason for this is because over the course of history, people have learned that well-lit buildings offer a sense of maintenance and security. If a home or office building is lit, it gives the impression that people are there. But even if it’s obvious that no one is there, the impression that the area has a level of maintenance is often enough to deter would-be crime. It isn’t hard to put two and two together; to a crook, more lights equal more chance of getting caught.
According to the National Institute of Justice, well placed security lights can be the difference between a safe area and a crime ridden area. Street lights, college campuses and parking lots are all examples of proper use of outdoor lighting to reduce or eliminate crime.
But don’t take our word for it. You can check out the study on how lighting reduces crime at the National Institute of Justice’s website here.
2. Outdoor lighting adds functionality and safety.
There are two obvious benefits to adding lighting fixtures to your property. You can’t deny the wow factor that you feel when you drive by a home that has well placed landscape lighting to accent the architecture. Lighting can also add a level of functionality: The most basic types of lighting are walkway or path lighting. Walkway lighting can illuminate dark pathways that lead to doors – this is especially useful for first time visitors.
Deck and patio lights offer spot lighting that allow you to make use of your outdoor space after the sun goes down. It’s your property! Why should you not be able to make full use of it at night?
Regardless of if you’re planning an evening BBQ, or you’re just taking out the trash at night, exterior lights offer incredible security.
3. Outdoor lighting improves appearance and can increase property values.
A well planned and well executed lighting or landscape design can create increase property values by as much as 15-20%. The wow factor we spoke of earlier is called “curb appeal.” You can use strategic outdoor lighting to highlight walkways, lawns and other architectures to give the space a bigger feel, make it more aesthetically pleasing and in all of that, increase the overall value.
Bad lighting decisions or faulty electrical or lighting equipment can cause harm to you or your property. Before you dig, wire or install anything, make sure you have the know-how of industry experts to help you plan and implement your vision. What sets G&R Contracting apart is the proven history of expertly executed lighting projects, and our incredibly satisfied clients. Give us a call at (804) 360-2686 or fill out the contact me form and let’s talk about how outdoor lighting can work for you.