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Posted on: September 25, 2014

One of the easiest ways to increase your home’s security and beauty is to install outdoor lighting. By combining beautiful outdoor lights with your home’s landscaping, you can increase the value of your home while creating a gorgeous outdoor area that you can enjoy at any time of the day. But what outdoor lights are the best? Let the electrical experts at Kolb Electric help.

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What Outdoor Lights Should You Install?

Like everything, it depends on what you’re looking for with your outdoor lighting. Do you want security for your home, or landscaping? These questions will point you toward not only what style lights you need, but how bright your lights should be.

When you choose to use outdoor lighting for security, you can go in two different directions. You can either:

  • Always keep your lights on. If you’re trying to illuminate a dark area of your yard all through the night, you may want to choose a more energy efficient light, which means a lower-voltage bulb. Our electrical experts can help find the right bulb and wiring that will offer you the security you want without dramatically increasing your energy usage.
  • Install a motion sensor. When you put your lights on a motion sensor, you can afford to have brighter lights, since they’ll only turn on if the motion sensor is triggered.

If you’re choosing to install outdoor lighting for landscaping purposes, it’s important to keep these few things in mind:

  • Keep it low-voltage. You don’t need extremely bright lights to illuminate your yard. By keeping your lights low-voltage, you can create a beautiful outdoor space but won’t see a dramatic increase in your energy bills.
  • What do you want illuminated? There are two types of outdoor lights—uplighting and downlighting. Uplighting is pointed from the ground upward, while downlighting shines down from a higher angle. These two types of outdoor lighting styles are combined to highlight landscaping in your yard. Think about how you want your yard illuminated.

Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

Kolb Electric offers outdoor lighting that will increase your home’s:

Beauty – landscape lighting can be used to showcase interesting features in your home’s architecture or your yard! At Kolb Electric, we can design and install outdoor lighting that will illuminate and call attention to your landscape at night. Landscape lighting is a fully customizable way to improve the look of your house after the sun goes down, particularly if you enjoy entertaining or you want to improve your home’s curb appeal.

Security – dark spots in and around your yard can be dangerous, particularly if they are around entry points into your home. With low-voltage landscape lighting, you can shine a light on potential problem areas in your home and deter intruders late at night!

Safety – in addition to keeping your home safe from intruders, low-voltage outdoor lighting can make walking around your yard safer. It can be used to light up stairways, paths, etc. to prevent tripping and injuries.

To learn more about Kolb Electric’s outdoor lighting installation services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, contact us today!

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