The Business Benefits to Landscape Lighting

Whether you run a successful business out of your home or you see clients at your office, the proper outdoor environment constitutes the hallmark of a great first impression. Your appearance is your brand and first impressions really do matter.

As a business owner, you know that client meetings can become the foundation of your success. When you run business meetings outdoors at your home or another establishment, the environment must be warm, comfortable and inviting. When the sun goes down, your outdoor space must shine and display an atmosphere of professionalism. A professional landscape will not only help you to land new customers, but it will also help you to retain them.

Visibility

You may love your business, but if it is hidden behind brush and darkness, your potential clients/prospects will never know you exist. Outdoor landscape lighting will invite new and existing professionals to pay attention to your business. Furthermore, your customers must be able to locate your business quickly and without difficulty. The proper lighting makes all the difference.

Security

The security of your business is a top priority. If you have employees, you must ensure their safety when exiting the building at night or arriving early in the morning before the sun rises. A dark entryway signifies possible safety concerns especially for people who are sensitive to these unsatisfactory conditions.

Your customers must also feel safe in the winter months when you are open for business even when it is dark outside. Your clients must also feel comfortable and safe to arrive at your place of work at any time of the day. Furthermore, proper landscape lighting will protect you from any legal liability should a harmful incident occur on your private property.

If you run a business inside your home, ensure that all pathways, stairs and entryways that lead to a door are lit well. From the driveway to the entryway, every step should be illuminated enough so that even the physically challenged can find their way without difficulty.

Aside from lighting a landscape, ensure that your business is secure from burglary. Burglars will gravitate towards darker homes so they can hide without being spotted. The right lighting can scare them away since they cannot enter your home inconspicuously.

Impression

Everyone knows that a beautifully lit landscape design will turn the heads of even the most high-profile clients. Whether in front of your home or in a courtyard of your office building, landscape lighting brings a level of luxury that speaks to the high-quality of your business. Yes, people shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but in the business world, the better looking the cover, the more attractive the inside. An elegant, well thought-out, sophisticated landscape shows your customers and your potential clients that you take the time to make your establishment inviting which automatically suggests that you will invest the same time and dedication into your products and services.

First impressions are everything in business. Make yours count!

 

Accent Lighting to Make Your Landscape Stand Out

Want to know why your neighbor’s yard attracts your attention every time you pass it? Most likely, it’s because of the accent lighting. Accent lighting illuminates and beautifies landscapes with its subtle glow and soft hues. It highlights the best areas and provides an atmosphere to which onlookers gravitate.

Your exterior lighting creates the atmosphere for your landscape. Once the sun fades and the moon glows in the night sky, accent lights will make your yard come alive. Your properly lit landscape can become the envy of your neighbors and the talk of the town. And thankfully, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to get the look you want.

Beauty

There are many reasons to add accent lights to your landscape and beauty is one of the top. Is there a tree, fountain, pond, or an object that brings the entire landscape together? It’s important to direct the accent lights toward the special features of the garden so people can see them when the sun goes down. Even a beautiful rose garden can be the subject of illumination. Be careful not to accent the entire landscape, though. Sometimes too much is a recipe for disaster. If you accent too many features, it will confuse the eye and take the focus away from the objects you are highlighting. Keep it simple and make sure your accent lights are positioned to add, and not distract.

Safety

Accent lighting is also very helpful for safety and security reasons. In fact, the lights can serve a dual purpose if they are positioned correctly. Lighting that flanks the driveway will look beautiful and also provide illumination at night for walkers. Other safety lights will illuminate the area enough to ward off intruders since most thieves prefer to work in dark places.

Consider accent lights for the areas where people walk and congregate. Steps, walkways, paths, driveways, decks and patios are all ideal locations for a little accent lighting to keep the yard safe and secure.

Types

Landscape lighting comes in a variety of types but generally homeowners choose from LED, solar and low-voltage. All offer an inexpensive alternative to traditional lighting. Solar lights will be the easiest to install because there are no wires.

Home Value

Accent lighting will not only beautify your landscape, but it will also add value to your home. Landscaped yards can add thousands of dollars to your home’s sale price and set you apart from the competition in your neighborhood. Curb appeal is one of the top criteria on buyers’ minds and a beautiful landscaped space sets the stage for a great home tour. When buyers see a manicured lawn with attention to detail, they automatically assume you gave the same level of consideration to the inside of the home. They will feel settled as a result and if they like the home, a sale may be imminent.

Helpful Landscape Tips for Lighting Your Driveway

Did you forget the driveway when you designed your landscape lighting? It’s a common error to design an entire lighting scheme and forget about the lonely driveway in front of the house.

It’s also a common misconception that driveway lights are only installed for safety reasons. While safety is the number one concern, driveway lighting also adds a level of luxury to the home and sets it apart from other homes that do not take advantage of the same attention to detail.

Before you run out to decorate your driveway, consider these tips first:

Take Proper Measurements

Measure the length and width of your driveway. If your driveway is larger than average, make sure your lights are large enough to illuminate at least halfway across the width of the driveway. Also, don’t overpower a small driveway with large lighting fixtures.

Devise a design on paper to help you determine how many lights you will need and how far to space them apart. Take into account surrounding scenery and safety issues. The lights should not be too bright so they blind night walkers or passing cars, but bright enough to illuminate the driveway so people can feel safe to walk. Observe where water can penetrate and run the wires to avoid potentially hazardous situations.

Lighting Types

Choose from surface, flush mounted or post lights. You can also select lanterns in large or small sizes depending on your personal style. To save money, use low-voltage or solar lights. Solar lights install easily, cost virtually nothing to operate, and use the energy from the sun to illuminate its surroundings. The only drawback with solar lighting is they need to be installed in a place that receives ample sunlight. Also, if you live in a location that gets cloudy or endures harsh winters, you may not receive enough energy from the sun during the day to light the driveway at night. In these cases, low-voltage lighting may be the best choice as they are relatively inexpensive as well.

Before you purchase your fixtures, assess your ideal purpose for the lights. Of course, safety is the utmost concern, but what else do you have in mind when you think of lighting your driveway? Do you want to include some of your personal style? Impress your neighbors? Use them for a functional purpose? Use the answers to these questions to guide you in your purchase process.

If you are a low-maintenance type of person, choose fixtures that won’t cost an “arm and a leg” to maintain. You should be able to change the light bulb and keep them clean without much hassle.

Installation

Homeowners should take extra precaution when installing driveway lighting. If you are using solar lighting or even low-voltage, your risks are not as severe. If you decide to run off your home electricity, it is recommended to hire a professional. These projects can be very dangerous for someone who does not understand proper handling.

Enjoy!

Once you install your driveway lights, your landscape will be complete, front and back. You will be the envy of your neighbors and the talk of the town and your home will look great from every angle.