Top Exterior Lighting Design Tips For Beginners

The curb appeal of your property is important for many reasons, such as increasing home value and making your home feel more welcoming. Perhaps one of the best ways to enhance curb appeal is with exterior lighting upgrades. If you're a beginner, you'll want to consider these design tips. 

Opt for LED

There are many different types of lights you can set up on your property, but one of the best is LED. These lights feature incredibly advanced technology that sends light through semiconductor materials. The end result is illumination from a tiny light source -- helping you save on energy costs.

LED lights also have a long operational lifespan, with some lasting for up to 50,000 hours. You therefore don't have to worry about changing them out as often, saving you time and money. Lastly, LED lights come in a variety of colors like blue, green, gray, and yellow. You can choose a color that either contrasts or vibes with existing exterior elements.

Avoid Light Pollution 

No matter what types of lights you set up outdoors, you need to avoid light pollution at all costs. This simply means shining light into unwanted areas, such as the neighbor's property, into people's eyes as they approach, and areas that don't add to the overall visual experience.

Avoiding these pollution areas is as simple as directing your light to the right areas. Some of the most common include walkways, garage doors, entry doors, windows, porches, and lawn accessories in the front. To help guide your lights in the right direction, you can always use light shields. They are essentially protective coverings that bend light in the direction you want.

Hire a Lighting Design Company

Since you're a beginner when it comes to lighting design, it never hurts to consult with professional lighting design companies. Not only do they provide you with unique ideas to take your curb appeal to the next level, but they give you access to all kinds of lighting equipment that would take you a long time to track down.

These companies will first draft up some blueprints, so you can make sure you're okay with their ideas prior to installation. These professionals also know what lighting schemes work best for your particular property, ensuring you're happy with the end results.

If you own a home, you shouldn't take your exterior lighting design for granted. You need to think long and hard about where lights will go and what types of lights you'll use, to achieve a memorable look for your exterior property. 

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