Professional installations of landscape lighting systems have been on the rise in New Jersey and across the country, and it’s no wonder: There aren’t many home improvements you can make that can provide so many benefits and add such a dramatic impact to the way your home looks and feels. If you’ve been thinking about adding landscape lighting to your property, here are six top reasons why professionally installed landscape lighting systems can be a great investment for your home:
- It improves the appearance of your home. Adding landscape lighting is a relatively simple way to immediately improve the way your home looks by helping your home look inviting and more exclusive. Few enhancements say “welcome to my home” in quite the same way as professionally installed landscape lighting.
- It improves your home’s security. According to the home security experts at alarm company ADT, by focusing light on the areas around your home’s entrances, you can significantly reduce the chances of an intruder attempting to break into or vandalize your home.
- It adds to your home’s curb appeal and value. Outdoor lighting can pay back big time when it comes time to sell your home or even refinance, yielding a 50 percent return and more in some markets.
- It helps reduce slip-and-fall accidents. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) notes that “case after case” of both minor and serious property injuries, inadequate and poorly designed lighting have been to blame. Having inadequate landscape lighting can also play a major role if someone sues you as a result of a fall, with many courts awarding substantial monetary damages to those injured on properties that aren’t properly lit.
- It extends the time you can enjoy your outdoor spaces. In addition to making your home more secure and more beautiful, properly designed landscape lighting can light up decks, pools and other outdoor entertaining areas so you and your family and friends can enjoy your yard well into the evening.
- It complements your home’s architecture and landscaping. A well-placed spot or ambient lighting can provide a dramatic focus on a specimen planting or unique architectural detail, adding drama and style to all types of homes and properties.
Of course, to get the most benefits from outdoor lighting, you need to do more than just slip a few solar-powered stake lights from a home improvement store around your yard. The kind of outdoor lighting that provides all these benefits – and more – is professionally installed by experts who understand the proper placement of lights and the best way to maximize the value of your landscape lighting system. According to a report from ASLA, “outdoor lighting must be properly designed to illuminate both high and low traffic areas where hazards may exist.”
At Corbin Electric, we have significant experience installing landscape lighting systems for homeowners throughout New Jersey, using the most advanced lighting technology to achieve custom effects while still helping yous ave money on your electric bill. If you’ve been considering landscape lighting for your home, we can help. Give us a call today at (732) 410-7695 to learn more.
The popularity of outdoor lighting has been growing by leaps and bounds, and it’s no wonder: A well-designed outdoor lighting plan can increase security, enhance the appearance of a property, and even expand the amount of time a property can be used and enjoyed. While outdoor lighting is frequently overlooked by homeowners making upgrades to their properties, those who do add it are typically amazed by the improvements even a few well-placed lights can make.
Just as indoor lighting comes in lots of shapes and sizes for different tasks, outdoor fixtures are available to suit a broad range of varying needs in just about every style and finish imaginable. And, just as using multiple types of lighting indoors can improve functionality and appearance, “mixing it up” outdoors can achieve the same advantages.
Types of Outdoor Lighting
When it comes to outdoor lighting, many people think of lighting the area around their entryways – and that’s it. However, by extending lighting to other areas of your yard, you can increase the “wow” factor substantially.
One of the most effective uses of outdoor lighting is garden enhancement. Face it: You spend a lot of money keeping your plants, shrubs and trees looking great, yet they’re only really visible during daylight hours. Adding lighting puts the focus on your plants and adds considerable drama to your landscape. Garden lighting can include floodlights or “up lights” for trees and taller shrubs, a focal spot on a water feature or ambient lighting around the edges of flower beds. Lighting can also play an important role in nighttime gardens that feature all-white plants or night-blooming varieties that attract colorful pollinating moths. And of course, they’re ideal for providing soft light for a bench or arbor that provides an ideal perch for enjoying your garden long after the sun has set.
Patios and Pools
Lighting up hardscape areas like patios and pools has become especially popular in recent years as more and more homeowners have embraced the concept of the “outdoor living room.” By creating functional spaces for living outside your home, you essentially multiply your home’s square footage, in addition to multiplying your enjoyment of your yard. Plus, a few lights around a pool, patio or other outdoor living space helps provide the perfect spot for entertaining family or friends. If you enjoy using a grill, adding task lighting in addition to ambient lighting transforms a small, darkened patio to an open-air dining room that can quickly become the focal point for any gathering.
In addition to beauty, there are practical considerations when it comes to outdoor lighting. Lining a pathway with subtle down-facing fixtures prevents trips and falls, and makes an evening stroll much more pleasant. And lighting of just about any type can help deter would-be burglars who prefer to lurk under the cover of total darkness.
This season when you plan your yard and garden updates, consider outdoor lighting. If you’re not sure how much lighting you want to add, it’s okay to start small and add on over time. And most importantly, get some advice in planning your lighting project from experienced experts who can help you make the best selection!
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in 2013 about 2 million burglaries were committed in the U.S., representing tens of millions of dollars in losses, not to mention the fear and anxiety that go along with having your space violated by criminals. Every year, alarm and security companies come up with new devices and technology aimed at thwarting criminals, and every year crooks find new ways to “game” those systems. But throughout the years, one security tactic has remained amazingly effective, no matter what skills would-be crooks wind up mastering: Security lighting.
Properly and professional installed, security lighting directs light where it’s needed to prevent crime and halt criminal activity. But the key to being effective lies in having the lighting system planned and installed by an experienced contractor.
Too Much Light Is Not Good
On first consideration, it may seem like adding as much light as possible is the best way to keep burglars at bay. But in fact, studies have shown that providing too much light can actually make it more difficult for your property to be seen by watchful neighbors or passing police. Too many lights also can cause glare, and that can result in people actively avoiding looking at your property – which is just what burglars want.
Balancing the amount of light and the types of lights on a property is the key to achieving the ideal mix that will provide the greatest boost in security.
Even if you have a system that was professionally installed, having it reassessed is a good idea. That’s because research into the effects of too much light or light directed ineffectively is relatively recent, and your system may need to be adjusted to suit new data.
Upgrade Lighting to Downgrade Your Bills
Another reason to give an existing system a second look – or to consider adding a system if you don’t already have one – is to take advantage of new technology that has resulted in significant cost decreases. Just in the past couple of years we’ve seen the advent of LED lights that are designed to offer plenty of lighting while minimizing the use of electricity. As a result, you can increase your security without substantially increasing your electric bills – and if you have an older system in place, you’re likely to see a decrease in your bill. As an added bonus, many insurance companies consider lighting to be a worthwhile enhancement as well, and that can mean a decrease in homeowner’s insurance premiums.
Having your security lighting reassessed doesn’t take long, and by working with an established company like Corbin Electric, you can feel assured the assessment will be conducted using the most up-to-date techniques and information so you get a custom plan based specifically on your unique needs. If you’re ready to schedule an assessment for your property, give us a call today at 732-536-0444.
The primary purpose of security lighting is to provide enough light to prevent and deter crime as well as provide security for workers, visitors and other people in the area. Unfortunately, all too often, security lighting simply addresses the task of “feeling” safer rather than “being” safer. And there’s a big and important difference between the two. Feeling safe can actually place you at greater risk for crime since you’re operating under the illusion that you’re safe, when actually the lighting might be just bright enough to offer a criminal a clear view of what he or she is doing, but not enough to keep them away. Being safe, on the other hand, ensures the types of lighting in use as well as their placement and design maximize visibility for everyone, providing a major deterrent to criminals.
If you haven’t upgraded your lighting lately, the new year is a great time to review your needs as well as some of the new design and fixture options that can help boost security for your property, your employees and your loved ones. Here are four tips to consider when deciding whether your security lighting needs an upgrade:
- Safe lighting does not mean blindingly bright. One of the biggest mistakes people make when installing security lighting is to opt for the strongest lighting available. Instead of providing extra security, lights that are too bright can make it more difficult for eyes to focus and see clearly, making it more difficult to see potential dangers. Plus, super-bright lights can cause problems with neighbors and may even result in “light trespass” or nuisance charges, which means your effort – and cash – will be for nothing.
- Safe lighting doesn’t mean saving money by installing poor fixtures that only “look” safe and bright. Good, effective security lighting isn’t always cheap, but many people try to cut costs by opting for the least expensive fixtures they can find, a move that can result in inadequate lighting and shadows that actual favor criminal activity. Invest in high-quality fixtures that offer direct lighting without glare and without the risk of burnouts or breakage that often go hand-in-hand with cheap fixtures.
- Safety lighting and security lighting are not the same thing. Safety lighting for use on steps and other areas where hazards can be a problem should not be confused with security lighting, which is typically brighter and covers a larger area. Don’t think that because you light up stair treads, that’s enough lighting to make stairwells safe and secure from criminal activity.
- Take care with positioning. Not only do you want the area to be properly lit, you also want to be sure there’s enough light in areas where security cameras are in operation. A combination of visible cameras and good lighting is often enough to make even the most committed criminal turn back.
The take-home message: Good lighting can significantly increase security; poor lighting always compromises it. To learn about all the lighting options we offer and how they can help your property stay safe and secure, give us a call.
If you’ve been considering outdoor lighting but you’re not sure if it’s a good choice for you, you may not be considering all the advantages. Here are four big ones:
One of the most compelling reasons to add outdoor lighting is to increase the security of your property. Whether you choose a motion-activated system that lights up only as needed or you opt for a complete outdoor lighting system that’s turned on and off by a timer, adding lighting can ensure your property is adequately lit, providing an effective deterrent for would-be burglars. Don’t limit yourself to lighting only your backyard; keeping the street side lit – even if there are street lights nearby – ensures police on patrol (or vigilant neighbors) are able to spot suspicious behavior wherever it occurs.
Navigating your yard after dark can be an accident waiting to happen, especially if your yard includes stairs, hardscaping, water features, winding paths or changes in elevation. Adding lighting along pathways can help you and your friends and loved ones avoid potential slips or falls that can cause injury.
Lighting adds a new dimension to your landscape; in fact, if you’ve never had good outdoor lighting, you probably don’t realize how beautiful your landscape can look after dark with the addition of just a few lights. From ground-level path lights to lighting mounted under rock ledges or around ponds or waterfalls to a single spotlight illuminating a tree or architectural feature, your lawn and garden will be transformed into a new oasis of calm and beauty, right before your eyes.
If you’re relying on the sun to light your outdoor living spaces, you’re missing out on a lot of outdoor relaxation. Outdoor lighting opens up your outdoors for evening entertaining and just plain relaxing, long after the sun sets. From enjoying a late-night dip in the pool to hosting a dinner party to just hanging out with friends and family on a Saturday night, outdoor lighting extends the usability of your yard and makes it an inviting place to gather after dark. If you’re considering extending your living space with an outdoor room, deck or cooking area, outdoor lighting is an absolute must to make sure you get the most out of your investment.
At Corbin Electric, we’ve helped hundreds of customers add lighting to their property, and we’re ready to help you. Our lighting and installation experts will work with you to help you decide what type of lighting is best for your needs, and they can even suggest lighting options you may not even have considered. To learn how we can help you shed some light on your yard and home, call us today at (732) 536-0444.