Purchasing a home is the single largest investment most people will make in their lifetimes. Choosing the most efficient and economical ways to protect and enhance that investment is not always easy. However, one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to accomplish both tasks is with the use of outside lighting. Here are a few examples that may help in your decision.
Theft and Vandalism Deterrent
Estimations indicate that if you are the victim of a burglary, it could cost you more than $2,000 in property loss. With the installation of outside security lighting, you will possibly avoid that loss. When motion-detection light comes on when you are home, it affords you the opportunity to see what is going on outside your home from the comfort and safety of being inside. The cover of darkness encourages would-be thieves and vandals; outside lighting might be the deterrent they need to move on to another target.
Exterior lighting can light your way after the sun sets. The use of motion-activated lighting assures that you never have to enter your home in darkness. Also, evening guests will feel more confident visiting when the pathway is lighted.
Insurance companies like when homeowners are proactive in protecting their property. By potentially saving the insurance company expenses in the form of claim payouts, they are more likely to pass some of that savings on to you in the form of reduced premiums.
Lighting is a significant deterrent to nuisance animals like rabbits, raccoons, and the occasional stray dog, keeping out of your garden or flower beds. Most of these animals are often scared off by any change in scenery, and lighting up your area constitutes a change in scenery. You have put much hard work into your landscaping; don’t let these pests ruin that effort.
Motion-activated lighting as your outside light source can result in energy and bulb-replacement savings. These lights are not continuously illuminated, only coming on when there is detectable motion.
Your home becomes more inviting with the addition of outdoor lighting. Showcase the areas that you are proudest of by illuminating them with some well-placed lighting. A well-lit home raises the aesthetic value by displaying its best characteristics.
Extension of Living Area
Exterior lighting added to most any part of your home extends the living area and usage of your entire home and property. Darkness should not force you inside. If you have outside areas such as porches or patios, outside lighting allows use them no matter the time of day or night.
Sometimes the simplest solutions to problems turn out to be the best ones. When choosing ways to protect and beautify your home, outside lighting is a clear choice. There are more reasons to add light to the exterior of the home, but these few should get you started on the road to making the best decision for your situation.