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If you have an expansive backyard, you may not initially think about adding outdoor lighting to your home. But the reality is that this is something that many homeowners can do fairly simply, especially if they work with a company that specializes in landscaping lighting. While you probably shouldn’t attempt to create a lighting setup on your own, you can certainly pay for lighting to be professionally done. The question for many homeowners is whether or not having a landscape professionally lit is worth the investment.

There are actually a lot of advantages to investing in outdoor landscape lighting, likely beyond what you may initially imagine. Your outdoor lighting does not have to serve a singular purpose. It can be a multifaceted investment in your property. With that being said, let’s look into some of the reasons why you may want to have your outdoor spaces professionally lit.

1. The Aesthetic Appeal

Let’s get this one out of the way first. Yes, there are many aesthetic benefits to investing in outdoor lighting for your landscape. Outdoor lighting companies typically offer many different types of lighting for this reason. Some types of lights are brighter, acting more as beams, while others create a soft, blurring effect. You can discuss your preferences with the company that you choose to work with, keeping in mind the different aspects of your landscape.

For example, if your landscape includes different types of shrubs, perhaps some of which are kept professionally trimmed, you may want to invest in silhouette lighting. Silhouette lights can create a dramatic effect for your home, emphasizing shadow and brightness. Additionally, those that have water features may prefer a softer type of light, which may reflect better off of the water. Different lights may create a more flattering effect than others, which is something that you should consider before moving forward.

2. Enhanced Security

Did you know that outdoor lighting may cut nighttime crimes by as much as 39%? That’s what a recent study found, and it really shouldn’t be surprising. When an area is more well-lit, potential criminals will be less likely to act in that area because they know that they’ll be more easily identified. Furthermore, outdoor lights may indicate that homeowners are present and perhaps even awake.

Many burglars actually case homes weeks or even months in advance before actually acting. Therefore, they’ll likely notice the lights well before they advance. The brighter and clearer the lights are, the more likely it will be that they’ll deter criminals. This is why some homeowners invest in outdoor lighting purely as a deterrent, especially if their homes are larger or in communities more likely to be targeted by burglars.

3. Safety

Quite simply, it’s safer to walk around outside at night if there are lights available. This doesn’t just speak to the threat of criminals, though that is something to consider. It also speaks to the general accidents that can happen when you’re walking around outside at night. It’s all too easy to trip, fall, and hurt yourself, especially if you have vision issues.

Of course, a lot of people do need to go outside at night, whether they’re caring for their landscape or walking the dog. Therefore, they may want to have a path lit by small lights, guiding their way. Some of these lights are also motion-activated, which means that they’ll only light if you’re present. Any water features should be lit to ensure that nobody falls in accidentally.

4. Highlight Your Decor

If you’re like many Americans, you’ve probably extended your home to your backyard, perhaps through a deck or a patio. You can not only highlight your outdoor furniture but enjoy your outdoor space well into the night if you have great outdoor lighting. This is especially useful if you plan on preparing dinner outside, perhaps through an outdoor kitchen or a grill.

There are clearly a lot of benefits to installing outdoor lighting. You don’t need to worry as much about hurting yourself if your outdoor spaces are well-lit, and in general, you can enjoy them more if they’re lit properly. Just make sure that you’re working with a reputable company when you invest in lighting!