Make Your Home Shine with Outdoor Lighting

One of the perks of owning your own home is the ability to put your personal stamp on it.  It’s a joy to express yourself with stylistic choices when updating your home. An area easy to overlook, though, is your exterior lighting.

When you add lights to the outside of your home and yard you gain numerous benefits.  Top among these are aesthetics, functionality and safety improvements. Here are just a few of the reasons you should consider adding new outdoor lighting to your home.

Make Your Home Shine with Outdoor Lighting

Show Off All Night

If you’re proud of the way your home looks, then adding outdoor lighting allows you to ensure that others can see how great it looks all day and into the night. If you’ve put a lot of hard work into making your home look great, it only makes sense to take advantage of the ability to show it off. Turn on the lights and let it shine into the night.

Wow factor

Adding exterior lighting doesn’t have to just be about calling attention to the attractive details you’ve added to your home and yard.  It can provide the attractive details. When used properly, outdoor lighting can create dynamic tableaus by shining it in a manner that creates stunning displays of light and shadow.

Working with a professional is the best way to create this beautiful effect.  It takes a trained eye to identify places in your home and yard’s structure where lighting can be applied to have eye-catching effects.

Attention Where You Want It

Some homeowners opt for fairly comprehensive lighting, shining light on the majority of the front of their home. Using outdoor lighting also provides the opportunity to choose how your home is displayed. If you have particular outdoor features or portions of your home that you want passersby and visitors to notice, focus the layout of your outdoor lighting on just those areas helps to direct where anyone seeing your home looks.

Welcome Them In

Lighting the exterior of your home is also a great way to make guests feel welcome. A brightly lit home feeling more welcoming as your friends and family approach it. It’s also safer when they get out of the car.

Proper lighting on your driveway and walkway is very important for ensuring that everybody can see where they are going. Even if you can walk into your home in the dark, those without the same experience of where to go and what’s safe to step on need the help of outdoor lighting.


While outdoor lighting may make for an inviting opening to those you have invited over, it has the opposite effect on any unwanted visitors. When looking for a home to break into, a burglar is less likely to try their luck with a home with generous exterior lighting as it makes it harder for the criminal to get up to your home and away from it when the deed is done without being noticed by neighbors as they cross the beams of light.

If your home lacks exterior lighting, the time to change that is now. Take a trip to the hardware store or get in touch with a professional about adding lights today.

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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