The latest numbers show an annual drop in burglaries, and that’s the good news.
There were still almost seven million property crimes, though, and those include burglaries.
Want to make your property safer?
One way is to make sure you have good lighting around your property.
A landscape lighting installation adds beauty, charm, and security to your home.
Keep reading for our comprehensive guide about residential Oklahoma City landscape lighting.
Upgrade Your Landscape With Lights
You’ve spent a lot of time, money, and energy on your landscape but it’s possible you’ve left something out.
What is it? Outdoor lighting!
Once you’ve got your landscape the way you like it, why not show it off at night?
Outdoor landscape lighting enhances the beauty of your outdoor space at night.
It also means you can spend more time outdoors as sunset turns to dusk and then dark.
Outdoor lighting also creates a dramatic and artistic effect on your landscape while minimizing the possibility of trip-and-fall accidents around your home.
A good outdoor lighting plan can even increase your home’s value.
Outdoor lighting is also a good way to deter would-be thieves.
No thief wants to stand on a well-lit path if he’s planning to break into your home.
Planning a Landscape Lighting Installation
Electricity is something best left to the experts unless you have some experience working with it.
There’s always the danger of shock or even electrocution to the inexperienced amateur.
An expert knows the best way of installing lights, both for aesthetics and safety.
They know how to avoid over-lighting your yard.
You don’t want the yard looking like a football stadium!
A professional can tell whether you’ll need a lighting transformer.
If you’re using a lot of lights in your landscape lighting installation, you’ll most definitely need one.
Look for low and high areas of interest to which you want to draw attention.
Do you have a prized tree? That’s a great spot for some lighting.
Use variety with both high and low lights.
Be sparing with the high or bright lights.
There are decorative lights that look great and shine beautiful light.
Like bright lights, use decorative lights sparingly.
They’re great for lighting up a path or doorway.
When working with well lights and spotlights, conceal them as much as possible.
You don’t want to draw attention to these types of fixtures.
They’re great for adding lighting effects around the landscape.
Do you have a water feature? That’s the perfect place for outdoor landscape lighting.
You can even use underwater spotlights for unique effects.
Types of Residential Landscape Lighting Fixtures
Quality lighting fixtures stand the test of time and weather.
They’re durable and reliable.
An experienced electrician can help you choose the right outdoor lights while staying within your budget.
You have many types of outdoor lighting fixtures from which to choose.
- Outdoor lanterns
- Wall lights
- Ceiling light fixtures
- Post lights
- Well lights
- Accent lights
Outdoor lanterns, sconces, and wall lights are perfect for doorways, windows, and garages.
They’re also a nice enhancement to square pillars or walled areas.
Ceiling fixtures are a good lighting solution for patios and covered porches.
They also work well for covered walkways and breezeways.
Post lights come in different sizes, from short posts lining a walkway to tall, single posts near a front entrance.
Small post lights are picturesque around lakes and other pools of water as well as near an outdoor bench in the garden.
When outlining borders, use low-voltage landscape lights such as diffusers and spreads.
These offer a softer lighting option.
If you want to focus a beam of light on a specific area of your landscape, use a bullet-shaped, square, or cylinder light.
These are all spotlights.
Well lights are perfect for lighting up trees, plants, or walls and they’re flush in the ground and hidden from view.
Accent lights come in many sizes and heights and are another type of spotlight.
Landscape Lighting Techniques
Landscaping contractors use many different types of lighting techniques.
This is another reason why it’s good to use a professional.
Figuring out the type of lights, the wiring, and the techniques is a big undertaking.
If you’ve seen a beautifully lit landscaped yard, you’re familiar with uplights.
Those are the lights placed low and aimed up into a tree, wall, or outdoor sculpture.
Uplights add a dramatic effect as well as unique and interesting shadows.
Downlights are higher up and aimed down.
They’re especially good for lighting up dark areas for increasing safety and security.
If you have outdoor sculptures or a beautiful water feature, backlighting creates a nice silhouette.
Backlights in combination with spotlights achieve a nice focal point and can even add a glittering effect to an area.
If you’ve got a large shrub or tree, cross-lighting offers a more three-dimensional effect at night.
You can even use “moonlighting” for a simulated moon that throws off interesting shadows.
Eco-Conscious Lighting Choices
You don’t have to worry about using tons of electricity.
You can use energy-efficient LED lights in your yard.
LED lights last much longer than traditional incandescent lights while using more than 75% less energy!
LEDs also emit less heat than traditional bulbs so there’s no danger to your plants or grass.
Landscape Lighting for Beauty and Security
A landscape lighting installation adds both beauty and security to your home’s outdoor space.
Highlight your landscape while protecting against slip-and-falls and deterring possible thieves.
Get more hours outside because when the lights come on, you won’t want to go inside!
Are you ready to add beautiful and unique exterior lighting to your outdoor landscape? Call us for a consultation today!
Are you looking for a licensed residential electrical company in the Greater Oklahoma City area? Contact Spartan Electrical Services,to request an estimate for service online today! Or Call (405) 833-5030!