Why do we pour so many resources into perfecting the curb appeal of our homes only to watch it disappear into the night? For the most part, your guests (and if you are selling your home, potential buyers) only see your home in the evening, when many of its best attributes go unseen.
Studies have shown that that investment in outdoor lighting can yield returns of up to 50%. Prospective buyers are likely to pay more if the outdoor space is visible and possesses a polished lighting scheme that highlights the exterior and landscape.
So if you are looking for landscape lighting that adds an abundance of curb appeal, remember these 7 crucial principles that will help your property apart:
1. Don’t Settle for Solar
Unfortunately, there is no solar-powered solution available that is worth the expense. Solar fixtures just cannot produce enough light to illuminate the surrounding area, which usually results in a single-file line of odd, glowing orbs that vaguely resemble an airport landing strip. If you’re looking for a stunning nighttime display that will amaze guests, neighbors and buyers alike, only a professional-grade system will do.
2. Visualize the Outcome
Before your consultation, make sure to envision the desired outcome for your landscape lighting project. Whether your goal is to increase curb appeal, safety or security (often all three), each objective is accomplished with a different design. By identifying what you want to achieve beforehand, you ensure that the final result lives up to expectations.
3. Consider All Your Options
While you determine your outdoor lighting goals, take some time to consider the following areas of your property as well. To light just one is fine, but combining three or four will result in a complex tapestry that elevates your curb appeal to new heights.
- Trees and Bushes
- Stairs and Changes in Elevation
- Entrances and Walkways
- Decks and Patios
- Unique Water Features and Architectural Elements
- Flower beds and gardens
4. Use LED and Run from Everything Else
Halogen and Mercury Vapor were once the latest and greatest when it came to outdoor lighting, so much so that many companies still promote them. However, LED technology has since surpassed older solutions by far, offering far greater versatility, reliability, longevity, and energy efficiency than Halogen and Mercury Vapor.
5. Cultivate Intrigue with Multiple Techniques
There are several approaches to consider when using lighting to boost curb appeal – from illuminating an entire lawn with broad strokes to highlighting individual objects and features. Rather than limiting yourself to one or another, combine multiple techniques to create a sense of complexity and mystery.
6. Accent, Don’t Overwhelm
Watch out for light pollution which can adversely affect your project and irritate the neighbors. Good curb appeal is typically hindered in one of the following ways: Placing fixtures that blind the viewer, Shining light on areas that don’t need it (or worse yet, the neighbor’s bedroom window!), or using bulbs that are too powerful, creating hot-spots and white-wash.
7. Set the Mood
Some nightscape designs are dramatic and bold, others are romantic, and still others are mysterious and alluring. In light of this (aren’t we punny), consider the kind of ambiance you hope to accomplish. The possibilities are endless.
If you are interested in finding out how Landscape Lighting can boost your property’s curb appeal, don’t hesitate to contact us or schedule a consultation! Lighting design can be a daunting subject, but with a little help, your neighbors will wonder how you make it look so easy!