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A well-designed landscape lighting system offers many benefits. Outdoor lighting increases safety, extends the hours you can use your yard and adds atmosphere to your landscape after dark. With the installation of outdoor lighting, Montanos Landscaping Inc. can help make your Naperville, IL, backyard as functional at night as it is during the day.
Increase Safety and Security
Without proper lighting, your landscape is filled with hidden obstacles once the sun goes down. Water features, masonry elements and even plants can pose safety hazards if they aren’t visible.
Walkway lighting will increase safety and ensure your property is easy to navigate. Path lights can also help direct traffic flow and guide visitors to different areas of your landscape. Post lights are a good way to highlight stairs and entry points. Post lights are also popular choices for lighting driveways and front yards.
Well-placed outdoor lights should also banish dark corners and deter unwanted visitors from accessing your property. Dimly lit areas, large shadows and obstructed views are appealing to intruders who want to remain unnoticed.
Add Curb Appeal
Good outdoor lighting will increase your property value and instantly add curb appeal. A dark landscape is forbidding and unappealing, while a well-lit front entry creates an inviting first impression.
Landscape lighting can also highlight your home’s architecture and put your best greenery on display. Masonry features such as columns, statues and seating walls can add texture and depth to your property when correctly lit. Uplighting used on plants and trees adds drama and interest to your nighttime landscape.
Many outdoor lighting systems offer a complete line of coordinating lights that cover different areas of your home. Pendant and post lights, wall sconces and walkway lighting all work together to create a cohesive look. With the variety of styles available, there are gorgeous options to complement any landscape design theme.
Create Functional Outdoor Rooms
Outdoor rooms extend your living space into the outdoors and add functionality to your yard. Illuminating outdoor spaces makes them useable at night and adds many hours of outdoor enjoyment. Combining different types of lights will allow for optimal lighting levels for any situation.
An outdoor kitchen should include task lighting for cooking and cleaning, as well as low-level lighting under cabinets and toe-kicks. When possible, overhead lights such as a chandelier or pendant lights will provide the best illumination for outdoor dining.
Your outdoor living room or patio has different lighting needs. Comfortable night time gatherings require enough light to see each other and to find food and drinks, but not so much light that the room is on display for all the neighbors to see.
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Highlight Focal Points
One of the best advantages of outdoor lighting is how it transforms dark spaces and produces a beautiful ambiance. While your favorite landscaping elements speak for themselves during the day, nighttime focal points are created with lighting. Statues, benches, fountains and attractive plants can all become focal points when highlighted properly.
Skillfully lit water features are especially attractive at night. A mix of submerged and above ground lights will provide the most attractive lighting for your pond or pool. The soft glow of underwater lights combined with the sparkle of an illuminated waterfall will create a relaxing and romantic atmosphere. New LED lights are energy efficient and last much longer than standard halogen lighting.