Your lawn, driveway and landscape may look good in the daytime when the sun is out. However, it could be an entirely different story once nighttime comes. Outdoor lighting provides a solution to this particular issue. Not only does it enhance the appearance of your home’s surroundings, but it also boosts the safety and security around the area. Here are five spaces that you need to illuminate according to Sherwood Gardens Landscape Design and Development.
1. Front Door
Your front door shouldn’t be hiding in the shadows. Front door lighting serves a variety of purposes. For one, it allows people (yourself included) to see where to enter. Secondly, it saves you from fumbling with your keys and locating the keyhole, allowing you to enter your home more quickly. It also prevents accidents such as tripping. Lastly, outdoor lighting allows you to see who is at the door. Wall lanterns that flank your entry door are a wise investment.
You need to illuminate your pathways and steps primarily for safety purposes. However, this does not mean you can forego style entirely. Try to conceal the light source itself without compromising the end result. Consult your landscaper on how to best achieve this effect.
The idea is to help determine the limits of your driveway pavement, not imitate an airplane landing strip. Shaded, low-voltage spreadlights are a good choice to achieve the right amount of lighting to illuminate the entire length of your driveway. Consider lantern posts to mark your driveway entrance.
4. Decks or Patios
Leaving your deck or patio without any lighting is a failure to utilize it to its full potential. Be careful not to go overboard with the lighting setup as it can ruin the relaxing atmosphere outdoor spaces are supposed to exude. Note that lights can attract pesky insects, so choose lighting options that are designed to keep bugs away.
5. Landscape or Water Features
Showcase your prized landscape or water features by installing accent lighting. If you don’t have a water feature, illuminating landscape features such as your flower bed or even that big tree in your yard is a good compromise.
Turn to Sherwood Gardens Landscape Design and Development for all your landscaping needs. Call us today at (405) 212-5113. We serve Oklahoma City, OK.