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Beautify and Secure Your Home with Outdoor Lighting

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Beautify and Secure Your Home with Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is useful for many things. Not only can it beautify the outside of your home’s architecture or landscape, but it also makes it safe at night and keeps intruders from trespassing, helping you and your family feel safe and protected.

Bright lights discourage crime by making it harder for thieves to approach your home under the cover of darkness. According to a six-month study done in 2018 by the New York Scientific Research, Crime Lab, neighborhoods and homes that had outdoor lighting were 7% less likely to be victims of crimes. Furthermore, neighborhoods where new outdoor lighting was installed saw an instant decrease in crime by 39%.

If you’re interested in protecting your family, increasing your peace of mind, and beautifying your home, outdoor lighting may be the perfect solution! Continue reading below for techniques and tips for the best ways to employ outdoor lighting at home.

4 Ways to Illuminate Your Home’s Outdoors


You can view outdoor lighting as a sort of warm hello or handshake for those coming over to visit. When a home employs outdoor lighting, it makes it much more approachable for people than if they were walking up to a dark, shadowy house.

You want the front entrance, as well as the path leading up, to it to be well lit and clear. One of the most common and effective ways to light up your home’s front entrance is by using path lights on your walkways. Path lights can cast a 10’ to 14’ wide light to the entrance, providing the necessary guiding light for guests and increasing your home’s curb appeal.

Using pathway lights will not only invite your guests inside, but it will also make it safer for them to traverse your front yard and driveway.

Deck & Step Lighting

Deck and step lights are great options. Undermount deck lights won’t show up by day, but at night will add a great lighting effect to your home. Rope lighting is also very effective, as it’s not easy to spot in the daytime but will give off the right amount of illumination in the evenings, especially for outdoor entertaining. Step lights are ideal for keeping your steps safe and visible at all hours of the day, preventing someone from tripping and injuring themself.

Beautiful exterior of a house that's lit up


Your landscape is one of the most beautiful parts of your home, so show it off! You have gorgeous gardens, trees, statues, fountains, and more. Illuminating these areas will add the right amount of sophistication to take your home to the next level. You can ensure curb appeal by adding outdoor lighting for your front landscape. Landscape lighting also goes a long way when it comes to creating a welcoming atmosphere for your property. With that said, you’re going to want to use the right lighting fixtures to keep your decor consistent, safe for the environment, and on theme.

North Carolina rains are no joke! Using solid copper and brass light fixtures is perfect because they can weather the elements. Between harsh sunlight and rainstorms, you’re going to want fixtures made of sturdy material. With all the weather we experience, brass and copper will patina over time, which goes great with the outdoor look.


The fourth kind of lighting you will want to employ is uplighting your home’s architecture. Doing this will allow you to highlight the unique aspects of your home, adding to its warm welcome and curb appeal.

Halogen lighting used to be popular, and it then progressed to LED lighting for increased efficiency and life span. Now, even more people are using LED with color lighting to provide the home with colors for special moods or occasions. No matter what your mood or style is, architectural lighting is the way to go.

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Looking to implement all these awesome tips, but having trouble finding the time? Call your favorite, local, and licensed professionals today! We won’t only save you time, but we’ll also safely save you effort, frustration, and stress with all your electrical installations and repairs. Call Zar Electric at (919) 200-6551 today! We have people standing by to help you schedule an appointment.