Outdoor Lighting Tips
Outdoor Lighting TipsAt Hortons Home Lighting, we love helping people find the perfect outdoor lighting options for their home. Whether you’re building a new house, or you’re simply looking for new exterior lighting for your front or backyard, our team is here to help. The right outdoor and landscape lights can make all the difference when it comes to your home’s curb appeal, as well as the safety and security of your property.
Finding New Landscape LightingIf you’re someone who is extremely proud of your yard, then you likely want to show it off both day and night. With new landscape lighting, you can accentuate your trees, bushes, and other greenery after the sun has set. Landscape lights can also highlight your hardscapes, such as stone walls, walkways, and more. If you
want to showcase architectural features on your home, uplighting can be a great way to do so.
Designing Your Landscape Lighting PlanComing up with a landscape lighting plan can seem like a challenge, but when you work with a member of our team, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. If you’ve already met with a professional landscape architect, and you have your greenery, hardscapes, and other features planned out, we can incorporate the perfect lighting choices into your plan. If you’re in the initial stages of planning your new yard, we can offer suggestions on what will go best with tall trees, hedges, stone pathways, and other aspects of your new design.
Choosing The Right FixturesIt can be beneficial to look through catalogs, magazines, and websites for landscape lighting designs and ideas. However, it’s often best to see lights for yourself before choosing which ones you want for your yard. At Hortons, our team can help you pick the right fixtures based on your yard’s design, your budget, and your style preferences. The last thing you want is a light that seems out of place once it’s been installed!
Installing Your Landscape LightsInstalling your new landscape lights can be challenging, especially if you’ve never worked with outdoor fixtures. Lights will need to be installed on the side of your house or garage, or wired underground for pathway and garden lights. If you have questions about landscape lighting installation, we’ll be more than happy to help.
Outdoor Lighting ChoicesThe outside of your home consists of the yard, the sidewalk, the porch, the back deck, and everything around it. Each one of these areas needs the right lighting, and it is our goal to help you find fixtures that you’ll love using for years to come. Adding a new light to a front porch or backyard patio can transform the space from ordinary to something absolutely amazing.
What Lights Will You Need?There are many different outdoor light fixtures to choose from, and whether you’re browsing our online catalog or visiting one of our showroom locations, it’s good to know what lights you’ll need.
Entry And Pathway LightsIt’s important to illuminate the pathways and entryways to your home, so that people feel welcomed whenever they arrive. The perfect porch light can invite someone in, and ground-level lighting along the sidewalk can help ensure no one stumbles or falls while making their way to your front door. You can also add a single post light next to the sidewalk, as well as outdoor sconces on either side of the door to provide that warm, welcoming glow outside your home.
Hanging FixturesThere are plenty of outdoor hanging fixtures that can be incorporated into your exterior lighting design. Outdoor lanterns, chandeliers, or pendants can be added to your backyard dining or seating area, providing that perfect touch of ambience. Cafe or bistro string lights are also a great choice, and can be ideal for outdoor dining. Hanging lights will not only add illumination, they will also provide great visual touches for spaces that are often linear or box shaped, such as a covered porch or patio.
Recessed And Step LightsThere will be spots around your home’s exterior that need lighting, but there’s no room for a hanging or flush-mount fixture. Low-hanging eaves, short walls, and steps can all benefit from lighting, but these fixtures need to be hidden so that you can’t see the light source, only the illumination that light source provides. Recessed lights can be a great choice for your garage, making it easier to see the driveway when you park the car at night. Step lights and deck lights are also a must, helping illuminate the places where people walk and making sure they don’t miss a step when coming up to the back door or onto the deck.
There are a number of light fixtures to consider when thinking about the design and aesthetics of your outdoor spaces. At Hortons, we can help you decide which choices will be best for your home.
Keeping Your Home SafeWhile you want your outdoor lighting to make your home more appealing and inviting, you also want it to make your property safe and secure. When placed in the right spots, outdoor fixtures will not only highlight the features of your home, but they’ll also protect it. You’ll feel safer when you come home at night, and you won’t have to worry about things when you’re gone on vacation or away on business for a few days.
Motion Sensor LightsMotion sensor lights are a great addition to areas where you don’t necessarily need the style of a modern fixture, such as the corner of the house, but where you do need bright illumination. Motion sensors will trigger the light to come on and stay on for a set period of time, illuminating a section of your property that would otherwise be completely dark.
Spotlights And FloodlightsSpotlights and floodlights are an ideal option for your garage or any other separate buildings that you want to keep safe. They can be placed on timers or sensors to come on at certain intervals, or you can keep them on all night to deter trespassers and intruders.
Lighting Controls And TimersIt’s important for your outdoor lighting to be versatile, and that versatility comes from having the right controls. Switches for each fixture or set of fixtures will allow you to turn on the lights you need, while leaving other lights off until you move to another area or go inside for the evening. Lighting timers are a must for exterior lights, especially landscape lights and other yard fixtures that you want to have on for a predetermined amount of time. Timers will also help keep your home safe while you’re gone, since the lights will turn on and off at the same time each evening. This will also help you remain safe when you come home after dark and you’re carrying groceries to the house or trying to get the kids inside.
Safety and security are top priorities for every homeowner, and with the right outdoor lighting, you can ensure that your home is protected. At Hortons, we can answer any questions you may have about where to put lights, which timers are best, and more.
New Outdoor Lights Can Mean A Safer House!
Updating Your Outdoor LightsPerhaps you’ve owned your home for several years, and you want to update the old outdoor lights that you’ve been using for a decade or more. If you’ve had the same fixtures on the outside of your house since you moved in, it might be time for a change. You’ve likely made upgrades to the interior of your home, so why not do the same to the exterior? There are so many new styles to choose from when it comes to outdoor lighting, and our team can help you decide which options will be best.
Affordability And EfficiencyMany homeowners want outdoor lights that are both affordable and efficient. We can help you find fixtures that fit your budget, as well as provide adequate lighting without driving up your monthly energy bill. There are a number of exterior fixtures that now use LED technology, and we can help you understand the wiring, installation, and maintenance for every light. We’ll also show you the best bulbs for each outdoor fixture, and with the right choices, you shouldn’t have to change any bulbs for years to come.
Your Local Lighting TeamWhen you visit one of our showrooms, you’ll have the opportunity to look at amazing lighting options for every one of your outdoor spaces. You can also talk with a member of our team to discuss which lights will be best and how you can come up with the perfect outdoor lighting design. We’re proud to be your local lighting team, and we’ll do everything we can to ensure you go home with the right fixtures.
At Hortons, we want you to have an experience that makes you feel confident you made the right choice in coming to us. It’s important to have outdoor lights that you’re proud of and that make your home safer and more inviting. Shop with us today to see how you can improve your exterior illumination.
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