In essence, for as long as humans have been around, landscape lighting has been a part of society. Landscape lighting is not only used for aesthetic appeal, but also for safety, and simply for light to be able to see where you are going.

Prior to the introduction of electricity as the main power source for lights, landscape lighting was powered by gas, and before that, there were candles and torches or lanterns covered with animal or plant oils.

If you consider landscape lighting any lighting that is room decor used outside, it is certain that you would be able to come up with many forms of it. Street lights, lit up signs, and even your porch light.

What is more interesting though, in the opinion of many landscapers, is lighting used to add dimension and appeal to outdoor features. Below are a few ideas of ways to use landscape lighting to make your home more unique and beautiful.

Adding lights along your driveway is like calling out to your guests “you have arrived!” It makes a first impression on visitors that they will not soon forget because of the beautiful entrance it provides to your property.

Lighting a water feature truly brings it to life. Of course a water feature is beautiful on its own, but when you add illumination to the feature, you are adding so much more than just light. You are adding reflection, sparkle, and vibrance. The light also makes the water feature more visible in the night when you invite people over to your home for parties or dinners. You may not have fountains like the Bellagio in Las Vegas, but with the right illumination, your home water feature could add a lot to your overall landscape.

When you add light to the side of a building or to the side of your home, you draw attention to it in a positive way. A home with landscape lighting that points to the walls outside of the house seems to glow at night. It shows that you are confident in your home and you want people to notice the beautiful details of it throughout the whole day and night. Consequently, lighting the outside of your home makes it less of an attractive stop for burglars. Burglars cannot creep unnoticed through your yard and up to your home when you have high powered landscape lighting illuminating the whole area.

So whether it is for safety, general lighting of a street or walkway, or to add beauty and aesthetic appeal to a home, landscape lighting is a great investment.

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