Proper outdoor lighting adds safety and security to your home

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Using outdoor lighting as a means of security is often something overlooked by most homeowners. While directional lights, path lights, step-deck lights and other well-lit garden lights often supply enough power to brighten up your outside space, they also provide your home with enough safety and security to deter any unwanted visitors — both human and animal — all while enhancing your outdoor living space. But just how do they keep your property safe?

Outdoor lighting adds safety to your home

A dark, dim lit property poses a number of risks to you and your visitors. Putting acts of crime aside, when walkways and stairs are not lit properly, it’s hard for people to see those obstacles, which could result in a bad fall.

The best way to avoid this hazard is to install lights along your walkways and steps to improve the visibility of the surroundings once the sun goes down. Path lights are always a good source of illumination along your walkways and often come in a variety of designs to suit almost any kind of outdoor decor. Garden lighting is another handy option as it outlines the proximity of the area all while accenting the beauty of your yard.

Outdoor lighting adds security to your home

It seems like a no brainer that when the lights aren’t on, nobody’s home. Criminals feed off of this notion assuming that the homeowner left for a night out, but forgot to turn on any interior or exterior lighting. Needless to say, outdoor lighting has been known to deter some crime once darkness rolls around.

Flood lights, or directional lighting, is a good choice for added outdoor illumination. It targets certain areas of your property, shedding light on all the corners of your front yard, backyard, porch and driveway. To save money on energy, and to avoid your home looking like Alcatraz, some directional lights offer the option to be installed with a motion sensor. If a motion is detected, whether it’s a guest or an intruder, the light will turn on. Now that’s security at its finest!

Outdoor lighting adds functionality to your home

If you don’t believe that you need any added security or safety features for your home, then at least use outdoor lighting to provide an extra element of functionality. Exterior lighting allows you to enjoy your backyard deck or patio even after the sun has set for the evening.

Deck lights or stringed twinkly bulbs can also be integrated around your outdoor entertainment space to provide an enhanced, ambient look to your space. Overall, illuminating the area will allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy the visibility of your backyard whatever the time of day it is.

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When to downlight or light up your landscape

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Light has the ability to evoke emotion and add a tasteful element of beauty when it is placed in the right spot. Needless to say, It can be very challenging, but also fun, to mount your outdoor lighting either above or below features in your garden, depending on what you are hoping to illuminate. In the end, it is all about direction. Whether you delicately place lights in your trees our strategically mount lights along a pathway, there are so many possibilities when it comes to directional lighting.

When should you light up your landscape?

Up lighting provides your backyard with alluring effects that embellish your landscape. When outdoor lights are mounted below a tree or shrub and are shined upwards, they have the ability to show off added elements of the plant or structure that is not as visible during the day.

For instance, directional lighting that is placed upwards shows the intricate details and bumps of the tree bark, the curvy structure of the branches and the gentle venation pattern of each individual leaf. When it comes to architectural structures, lighting up columns has the ability to add a dramatic effect by casting shadows against the pillars.

It is important to note that you can also up light your garden using well lights — fixtures that sit even with the level of the ground shining directional lighting onto lower sitting shrubbery. These lights are ideal for flower beds because they shine straight up highlighting the beauty of the petals.

When should you downlight your landscape?

Although it may seem like the more light you have to display your garden features at night the better, sometimes less is actually more when it comes to lighting. Outdoor seating is a perfect feature to consider downlighting. Usually benches and chairs are not as pleasing to the eye so when you cast a subtle shadow, usually underneath the objects, they are highlighted enough to see in order to navigate around them, but not highlighted as something that needs to be put on display.

Use faux lighting to resemble natural lighting

One of the best and most effective form of downlighting is the beautiful hued glow of the moonlight beating down upon your garden. If the moon doesn’t always grace you with its presence, perhaps placing a light fixture high up inside your tree could offer the same aesthetic appeal that feels natural to the eye.

Patios, driveways and ponds are two ideal places that always look amazing cascaded under moonlight, while also helpful to guide you in the pitch darkness. Entertain your guests with your own moonlit sky and light up your garden the way mother nature does with some awesome directional lighting.

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Decorating ideas to highlight your garden fountain

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There is a certain hint of elegance that resonates when you hear the sound of a slow trickling stream echoing throughout your garden. Garden fountains are beautiful additions to any outdoor living space and come in an array of designs and styles. Placing one of these statement pieces in your garden has the ability to turn your backyard into a magical oasis, though there are many ways to add unique touches that highlight your garden fountain.

Plant flower beds around your fountain

Adding flowers is always an ideal way to decorate any garden but planting a colorful variety of flowers around your fountain will really make it stand out from a distance.

Aside from making sure the flowers you select will grow well in the area around the fountain, you may also want to consider the maturity height of them. You wouldn’t want your flowers to grow above the fountain and hide it from your field of vision! Ideally, you’d like your blossoming beauties to compliment the space and accent the garden with their natural charm.

Don’t be afraid to add a little greenery

Although your garden is already popping with various shades of green and deep brown tones, the more greenery you plant in and around your fountain, the more natural your outdoor space will look. Ivy is always a flawless choice as it has the ability to climb the finish of your fountain and camouflage the base. Remember, just like flowers, keep in mind your greenery choices because you don’t want them to block the fountain.

Use herbs to spice up your fountain

Planting herbs around your garden is both beneficial for the look of the area and growth of the plants. Herbs provide a different visual view of your garden and the simple splashes from the trickling fountain also provide them with the suitable amount of moisture that is needed to help them grow. Another bonus is that herbs don’t usually grow too tall, making them the perfect plants to highlight your garden fountain.

Accompany the area with vegetables and fruits

Vegetables and fruit add a sweet touch to any backyard garden, but they also add a tasty bit of color. Just like ivy, strawberry and bean plants also weave themselves around the fountain base.

Construct a pathway to your fountain

While plants and flowers with vivid colors create a visual pathway, constructing a physical pathway creates a finished look and allows an easy access to your fountain. Also consider installing some path lights to light your way when the moonlight isn’t doing the trick.  

Figurines gives your fountain a personality

Garden gnomes and ceramic mushrooms are a few wildly popular choices when it comes to garden figurines. These objects give your garden a personality and they provide visual accents when you are trying to highlight your garden fountain.

Take a seat and enjoy the sounds of nature

If you really want to immerse yourself in the beauty of your garden, providing the appropriate seating will allow you to enjoy the fascinating elements for longer periods of time. Read a book, take a nap or simply bird watch as nature unfolds before your eyes.

Outdoor lighting with make your fountain glow

We’ve already made it pretty clear how you can enjoy your fountain when the sun is shining brightly, but how about when moon comes out? Adding some twinkly directional lights to your outdoor fountain will really accent the piece at night, while placing some well lights can also add character to the landscape surrounding the fountain.

Make your fountain something that you can enjoy around-the-clock.

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