With the coming onset of winter and daylight hours growing shorter, homeowners may find their minds turning more frequently to what their property’s nighttime appearance. Though frequently overlooked, outdoor accent lighting can completely change the appearance and utility of your Baltimore home at night. Accent lighting, that is lighting that is used for something other than direct illumination, has the power to redefine how your yard and house exterior is perceived and functions.
In terms of sheer aesthetic value, outdoor accent lighting can turn your once-vacant yard into an accessible and comfortable space, all with the proper application of a few choice lighting features. Accent lighting can extend the useable space of your property during the darker hours and help set the mood you want your property to have, along with highlighting certain choice features. Free-standing lanterns can provide a warm, comforting glow for your garden while certain ground lights can project a tree’s shadows for dramatic effect.
You can also use accent lighting to highlight specific features that you want to draw a visitor’s eye towards such as a pool, patio, or gazebo in a tasteful and subtle way. Accent lighting can also help define your property’s boundaries by illuminating any tree line, fence, or shrubbery that runs along your property border.
Exterior accent lighting is also proven to increase property re-sale value. Like any visually pleasing addition to a home, well-implemented exterior accent lighting will draw potential buyers to your home and help your house stand out from others on the market. Accent lighting can also help minimize security risks, as vandals and burglars are considerably less likely to target any home with improved visibility and motion sensitive lighting.
When selecting exterior lighting instruments keep in mind what you’re trying to accomplish with your lights. More modern looking houses will want to avoid antique style lights and vice-versa. Also be aware of inadvertently drawing attention to any unwanted areas. Make sure your accent lights aren’t also illuminating a property eyesore, like an old tool shed, or any private rooms in your house that you prefer to keep to yourself.
While the startup cost of outdoor lighting isn’t always cheap, it won’t cost you much over time and can increase your property value as well as your quality of life. To get started with an exterior accent lighting system for your Baltimore home, give Lehnhoff’s Landscaping a call at 443.921.5789, drop in, or visit LehnoffsLandscaping.com today. We’re looking forward to helping you!