There are many benefits to pathway lighting, walkways, and stairs outside a home, including increasing the beauty and value of your home. Well-lit pathways create a warm, welcoming environment for your family and guest. But did you know that one of the biggest benefits of pathway lighting is safety?
How does pathway lighting increase safety?
More and more homeowners are realizing the importance of providing adequate lighting for themselves and guests. Outdoor entertaining spaces are quickly growing in popularity, and in such beautiful spaces an early dinner party can easily continue well into the evening. This same space that has been so enjoyable for you and your guests can quickly become dangerous in the dark.
The risk of falling
We don’t know about you, but most of our dinner parties involve at least a little bit of alcohol. Well, mix that with a dimly lit, or worse – unlit, path and we think you can guess the rest. A wonderful evening of drinks and fun with friends isn’t the only reason a fall could occur because of inadequate lighting.
Older people, those who are less stable, and those with impaired vision all need better lighting to safely navigate our outdoor living spaces. These types of accidents happen at home more often than most of us realize. As the population ages, the incidence of these falls is increasing.
Here are just a few statistics according to the CDC:
- 1 out of 5 falls causes serious injury, such as broken bones or head injury
- Every year, 3 million older people are treated in ERs for fall injuries
- Falls are the most come cause of traumatic brain injuries
- There will be 7 deaths every hour due to falls for those over 65 by the year 2030
- Falls are the 2nd leading cause of injury-related death for those 65 to 85
A huge step in the right direction is properly designed and professionally installed lighting to provide illumination along pathways, walkways, steps, and stairs. Pathway lighting isn’t just pretty; it protects the people you love.
Ok, so enough about the sad stuff, there are many other benefits of landscape lighting that you can enjoy. Of course, pathway lighting is important, but it doesn’t stop there. Trees, decks, pools, you name it – it can be made to look stunning with the right lighting.
Added Curb Appeal
A home that has had professional landscape lighting installed just looks better. Think of how beautiful homes can look during Christmas but make it classy and year-round. That’s what we can do for your home. It will capture the eye of everyone who drives by and create a welcoming place to come home to every night.
That increased curb appeal also means increased home value. After all, who wouldn’t want to buy your house when it looks that good? Then again, you may never want to sell once we’re done making over your home.
Even though all those beautiful lights will capture everyone’s eyes, it won’t bring any unwanted guests to your door. Visibility and crime don’t mix, do we need to say more?
Types of Lighting
What are some options? There are 7 main types of outdoor landscape lighting fixtures, each can be used for specific areas and effect desired:
- Spotlights (used to highlight specific area)
- Flood Lights (cast a wide-spread light across a large area)
- Uplights/downlights (creates visual appeal, depth, and shadow)
- Step Lights (increased visibility and safety)
- Garden Lights (cast a gentle light to highlight plants)
- Bollard Lights (mark and light pathways)
- String Lights (used to create visual appeal and mark entertainment areas)
With the right technique lighting can be customized to best fit your landscape and provide a beautiful outdoor space for you. Not only does this make your home safer, but it also makes these beautiful areas even more beautiful. Sometimes we even think houses look better after dark once we are done with them.
Let us work with you to create the perfect entertaining space for you. We think that once you see our work you will realize just how amazing your home could be in the right lighting.