This time of year, when it’s dark by dinnertime and winter grips us in its frosty grasp, there’s nothing like light to restore our glow.
Professionally installed landscape lighting benefits your home, making your property warm and welcoming on the darkest, coldest night.
And it’s not too late to have it expertly installed. There are plenty of cold, dark nights ahead.
Let’s take a look at a few of the illuminating benefits of expertly installed landscape lighting this winter.
Lighting Keeps You Safe
Dark plus ice equals a dangerous combination.
Imagine carrying in an armload of groceries, walking gingerly over your ice-slicked driveway. In the dark.
As darkness settles in earlier, you want your guests (not to mention, yourself) to feel safe and welcomed. That means your front porch and the path leading to it should be well-lit.
A combination of professional uplighting and downlighting is the perfect combination to keep front entrances, walkways and driveways safe.
Uplighting focuses the light up, from light fixtures that are mounted on the ground. Downlighting does the opposite. Fixtures are mounted high up, affixed to your house. The light spills down from above.
You don’t have to choose one or the other. A front entrance can use uplighting to highlight pillars on the porch, and use downlights to illuminate the steps so nobody trips.
In addition to fixtures mounted near the front door, entryway lighting often includes uplights nestled in the surrounding landscaping and fixtures along the walkway.
Lighting Offers Security
Everyone wants to feel safe in their own home.
Your home and property bathed in light is one of the best deterrents for would-be vandals and thieves.
Dimmable lighting, operating on timers, is a great way to light your home for security.
Timers control the brightness of your outdoor lighting. This means your house can be safely, efficiently and inexpensively illuminated from dusk until dawn.
Your outdoor lights can dim progressively through the night, casting less light as morning nears. Once the sun is up, the landscape lighting can turn off, then resume at nightfall.
When your home and property are illuminated through the night, potential criminals don’t want to skulk around.
You can rest easy.
Lighting Creates Curb Appeal
You take pride in your home. Why leave its pretty features in the dark?
Professional landscape lighting can beautifully highlight the landscaping surrounding your entry. If your home has great architectural features like unusual brickwork or stone, shed some light on them for eye-popping curb appeal.
Lighting the trees in front of your home adds instant drama. Even bare branches look intriguing and artistic at night, casting sculptural shadows.
Lighting the front of your house helps evening guests find your house more easily, too.
Flood lights placed low in the landscape and directed up at your house cast a wide beam to offer a wash of light, bringing inviting warmth to the front of your house.
Lighting Fosters Ambiance
There’s nothing like a wash of moonlight to cast your home in a magical glow. But this time of year, clouds often obscure that natural light. No problem — add your own.
It’s called moonlighting, created by installing lighting in tree branches overhead. As the light filters down, it creates subtle shadows from branches and leaves, casting illumination that’s the next best thing to nature’s glow.
No trees? Lighting can also be placed high up in the eaves and gables of your home, shining down on your driveway, pathways or patio to simulate the moon’s ethereal glow.
The Right Lighting Means Energy Savings
If you haven’t updated your landscape lighting system to LED lights, you’re spending a lot more than you have to in energy costs.
Outdoor LED lights not only use up to 75 percent less power than conventional lights, they also last 20 times longer. In fact, they have an average life span of more than 40,000 hours.
They’re practically worry free.
If you have an existing outdoor lighting system and want to take advantage of the more efficient LED systems, we’re happy to convert it for you.
Every penny counts, especially this time of year, when your heating costs are higher.
Don’t Brave The Elements — Hire A Pro
You’ve probably seen the do-it-yourself lighting kits at your neighborhood home improvement store. But do you really want to be crawling around in the ice and snow trying to run wiring and adjust light bulbs?
Do-it-yourself kits don’t come close to the quality of professionally installed landscape lighting.
But superior quality of materials is just one reason to hire a professional.
Experts know what they’re doing. We do this kind of work every day and are trained in the latest lighting techniques.
Climbing ladders is risky any time of year, but it’s especially hazardous in winter, when snow and ice are in the picture.
Pour yourself another cup of hot chocolate and leave landscape lighting to the pros.
This Winter, Let Neave Turn On The Lights
Neave Group Outdoor Solutions uses the best energy-efficient LED outdoor lighting in the industry to highlight your front entry, your driveway and your home’s beautiful architectural and landscape features.
A fully customized landscape lighting system will add warm ambiance to your home while offering safety for your family, friends and visitors.
We offer landscape lighting design, installation and maintenance services for residential and commercial property owners.
It all starts by meeting with a Neave consultant for a site analysis. We get familiar with your property and discuss lighting options that will meet your specific needs.
We custom design and install all of our lighting systems, so it’s perfect for you.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.
Winter is long and dark — light it up.
Image: Icy front step