Lights outside the front of homes used to be a very expensive affair, and an elaborate outside lighting setup was really reserved for those people that were in high paid jobs and had some cash to spare. However, with recent advances in technology, it is now possible to light the front of your home for very little cost indeed. Lighting outside the front of your home does not only look great, but it also provides a very effective deterrent to thieves and other people that may be up to no good. Here are a few of your options when looking at lights for the outside of your home:
Porch lights – Porch lights go next to your front door and are essential for you to see who is at your front door and what they’re up to, as well as to help light the way to your front entryway at night. You can get lights that are motion controlled if you prefer, so they only come on when people get near your home. These are a great way to save electricity because you don’t have to remember to switch them on and off and they don’t remain on for long extended periods of time.
Driveway lights – These are another good way of lighting the front of your home. Solar powered driveway lights are very easy to install, as they require no cables. They produce a dim, but useful, light and will allow you to see where the lock is on your car and will also help guide your car up and down the driveway. They’re also very handy for highlighting the silhouettes of people, and so again will provide a useful deterrent against thieves.
Brick lights – As the name suggests, these lights are in essence shaped like bricks and can be fitted into walls and into the ground (usually along walkways, patios or driveways). There tends to not be many solar powered varieties of brick lights available and so installing them may be a little bit more complicated than some other styles of outside lighting and they will therefore cost more. Brick lights are a great way, though, of highlighting potential hazards such as step edges and curbs. They really do look fantastic and will enhance the curbside appeal of your home significantly.
It’s a good idea to not just have one type of lighting outside the front your home, but to have a mixture of lighting types. A combination of all three of these exterior lighting options can provide a depth to your front garden and driveway. There are many other options for lighting up the front of your home as well, such as post lighting, walkway lighting, and other types of landscape lighting. You can have lights shining against the front of your home or lighting up an interestingly shaped tree, or you can have a few subtle lights that are dotted throughout the front landscape to create more subtle pools of light to draw your eye in.
If you are at the design stage of the front your home, then the world is your oyster and you can pick and choose lighting options as you please. If however you are retrofitting lights to an existing design, your choices may have to be more carefully considered, as some are more difficult to install than others.