4 Reasons to Have Outdoor Accent Lighting

4 Reasons to Have Outdoor Accent Lighting

Outdoor accent lighting, also known as directional lighting, directs light at a particular object or architectural element you want to accentuate. Often used to illuminate and highlight a specific plant, tree, or prominent feature, it adds visual interest to your property while providing a multitude of benefits to homeowners. In this blog post, we’ll discuss four reasons to have outdoor accent lighting.

1) To enjoy your landscaping at night:

Whether you’ve toiled at it and completed your own landscaping or whether you’ve hired a professional landscaping service, there is no reason you should only enjoy the fruits of your labor (or your investment) during the day. Outdoor accent lighting directed at shrubs, plants, trees, or your most prized decorative feature will allow you to continue to enjoy the beauty of your garden.

2) To enhance your home’s curb appeal:

By incorporating outdoor accent lighting, you’re increasing the curb appeal of your home. For instance, you could illuminate a stone path, specific areas of the garden, or the majestic trees in your front yard. Accent lighting adds warmth to your property and creates an inviting and convivial atmosphere.

3) To extend the usability of your outdoor entertaining areas:

Outdoor entertaining areas require a combination of task and ambient lighting such as accent lights to get the best results. While task lighting is best for areas such as the grill, accent lighting, used with additional ambient lighting is excellent at creating a warm atmosphere around the seating areas.

4)  To add value to your home:

Outdoor lighting is a great investment and an inexpensive way to increase the value of your property while making it stand out at night. If you’re planning on selling your home, it can help you get a higher valuation and convince that potential buyer to put an offer on your property.

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Benefits of Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

Benefits of low voltage landscape lighting

First things first, what is low voltage lighting? Low voltage lighting uses a step-down transformer through which the electricity is transformed from 120 volts to 12 volts. Although initially popular in indoor applications, low voltage landscape lighting has been growing in popularity because of the many benefits it offers.

Security

One of the benefits of low voltage lighting is that it emits even levels of illumination. Used strategically to light up walkways, outdoor pools or ponds, driveways, and entry areas, low voltage lights improve security outdoors by dissuading potential trespassers and intruders from entering your property.

Usability

It’s a no-brainer that illuminating your outdoor areas such as your deck enables you to make the most of your property, especially during the summer months. Low voltage lighting enables you to continue to make use of your outdoor entertaining space even after sunset.

Aesthetics

Creatively placing low voltage landscape lighting enhances the overall look of your property and highlights the landscape elements that bring you the most pride. For instance, using a technique called uplighting, where the light is focused directly on a plant or decorative feature, you can create unique looks, giving your property that wow factor.

Economy

One of the many benefits of low voltage lighting is that it is energy-efficient; it consumes less electricity compared to high voltage systems, saving you money in the long run.

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Is Your Outdoor Lighting Too Bright?

If you or a neighbor have noticed a glare coming from your outdoor lights, the problem may be that your lights are shining outward, rather than down, directly on what they are supposed to be illuminating.

It’s important to remember that good neighbor etiquette doesn’t start and end with keeping music to a low volume, indeed, the brightness of your outdoor lights will also impact the relationship you have with your neighbors.

Of course, people want and need outdoor lighting but to avoid any conflict, the remedy can be as simple as installing unidirectional lighting with shielded fixtures or flush-mounting, rather than unshielded floodlights.

If the purpose of your outdoor lighting is to simply illuminate objects, you can choose lights which are typically lower wattage (and therefore reduce energy consumption). As well as enhancing the visibility of the illuminated area, there is also a reduced glare.

The great thing about smart lighting is that it’s directional in nature. This means that rather than lighting the sky, it just illuminates the intended area. We may be unaware of this, but the natural light of the sky that we’re used to may be largely influenced by the number of outdoor lights. The more people that have awareness of the glare of their outdoor lights, the more likely they can play a role in reducing light pollution.