Ex­te­rior light­ing im­proves ap­pear­ance and safety of prop­erty

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - NEWS - 7562428

Out­door light­ing serves var­i­ous pur­poses. Such light­ing can draw at­ten­tion to more im­pres­sive parts of a prop­erty. In ad­di­tion, such light­ing can im­prove se­cu­rity and de­ter crim­i­nals. Home­own­ers should first ex­am­ine the ex­te­ri­ors of their homes and make note of ex­ist­ing light­ing and where im­prove­ments can be made. If you're not sure where to be­gin, speak with an elec­tri­cian or a land­scape de­signer, each of whom can of­fer sug­ges­tions on light­ing and which op­tions are the best fit for your par­tic­u­lar prop­erty. In­cor­po­rate en­ergy-ef­fi­cient light­ing, in­clud­ing en­ergy-sav­ing LED bulbs or flu­o­res­cent lights, into your plans. Timers and other au­to­matic con­trols can pre­vent waste.

Think about the ap­peal of an ac­cented land­scape. In­clude lights to frame the front door and call at­ten­tion to cer­tain el­e­ments, such as dec­o­ra­tive trees or wa­ter fea­tures. Use lights to light up deck stair­ways or to ac­cent planters. Speak with a light­ing pro­fes­sional about how to po­si­tion lights to cover the most ter­ri­tory in the most at­trac­tive way pos­si­ble. Safety is an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion when im­prov­ing a home. Light­ing can help il­lu­mi­nate haz­ards or draw at­ten­tion to bor­ders or prop­erty bound­aries. Be sure that lights will clearly mark other walk­ways around your home, such as those lead­ing from doors to the yard.

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