When people purchase a brand new home, they can’t help but want to show it off. During the day it’s easy for homes to be a beautiful sight, but what happens when night falls? If you’re building or renovating a home, you need to take the exterior side seriously. Below are the top 6 reasons that 39% of homeowners and prospective buyers say landscape lighting is absolutely essential.
1. Commitment to Quality
Only 10% of homeowners/prospective buyers will accept the use of lower quality materials to make the home more affordable. That means 90% are willing to pay more for higher quality. Why should the quality stop after the home is built? Many people get so caught up in making the interior look flawless, but what about the exterior? Not everyone will see the inside of your home, but anyone that drives down your road gets to see the outside. Landscape lighting provides an opportunity for you to further customize your home, enhance its beauty, and increase its overall quality.
2. Curb Appeal
Homeowners work hard to make their home beautiful and inviting both inside and out. Maybe you or your spouse likes to garden, or maybe you choose to hire someone to keep your yard looking pristine. Regardless, there is a lot of time, effort, and money that goes into making the exterior of your home absolutely stunning, so why should the result of these resources go unseen for half of the day? With landscape lighting, all of the time, effort, and money you put into creating a beautiful aesthetic can be seen in the day and night time. Not only will this increase the beauty of the outdoor living area you’ve created, it can also increase the perceived value of every home.
Have you ever tried walking up to a new house in the dark? Sometimes it’s difficult to find the path or perhaps you miss a step and fall down. At night even navigating the outside areas of your own home can prove to be a difficult, and sometimes dangerous task. Landscape lighting can instantly improve the safety of every home. Path lights help your guests feel welcomed and guided as they make their way to your door, and with step lights you don’t have to worry about anyone missing a step because they can’t see where they’re walking. Adding landscape lighting can also provide a safer place for your children to play at night.
Landscape lighting provides a safer environment for you and your guests as well as a hostile environment for any criminals that may be lurking in the shadows. When you’re out late at night it’s natural to want to walk in well lit areas or try to park your car under a lamp post. Why? It creates a sense of safety and shouldn’t that carry over to your home? Think about the safety of neighborhoods. A well lit neighborhood is perceived as much safer than a poorly lit neighborhood. When a criminal is looking to strike at night, they try to stay in the shadows in hopes to remain unseen, so why should you keep your home in the dark? Adding landscape lighting leaves you feeling secure and leaves criminals frustrated with a difficult target.
If you have or you’re hoping to find a large yard area or an outdoor space built for entertaining, why should you be limited to the daylight hours to use it? Landscape lighting significantly improves the functionality of your outdoor spaces. Sunlight shouldn’t determine how long you and your family get to utilize your outdoor space. With the right lighting, you can transform your outdoor space into the perfect entertaining area, no matter the time of day. Landscape lighting provides ambient lighting allowing you and your guests to keep the party going all night long. Have kids? Outdoor lighting gives them a chance to keep throwing the ball around. The sun setting shouldn’t determine whether or not it’s time for you to go inside, and with the right landscape lighting it doesn’t have to.
6. Going Green
A whopping 82% of people are concerned about their home’s impact on the environment, but going green doesn’t mean you have to go dark. In the past, landscape lighting used a lot of energy, but did you know that there are a large number of energy efficient options available to you today? LEDs provide you with beautiful energy efficient light, meaning that you would not only be saving energy, you could also save money on your electric bills. With these energy efficient options, you can feel at ease about your new home’s environmental impact without sacrificing the benefits that landscape lighting offers.