Have you ever had a neighbor’s lights shine into your bedroom at night? It is possible to add exterior lighting to your home for security, safety, and visual appeal without disturbing your neighbors.
Take your time when selecting exterior lights. A well designed lighting scheme will not only make your home safer but will add enormously to its curb appeal as well. Whether your budget is large or small, you have a lot of options. It can be overwhelming to shop online or to visit the big box stores. There are so many options and price points.
You might want to start by visiting a store that specializes in lighting such as Lighting Concepts in Lewiston. Ask to speak with a representative, tell him or her what you are looking for, and be honest about your budget. We used Lighting Concepts to help make our model solarium pop. Mitch Deblois met us on site and brought a variety of lights with him along with some great ideas. It was extremely helpful to be able to see the various options. Do not assume that you will pay more at a specialty store. You are more likely to get better value for your budget by consulting with a specialist and buying the lights from him or her than you are by trying this and that until you get it right.
Color makes a huge difference. Do you want a warm glow or bright white? Do you want to experiment with colored bulbs? Most exteriors look best with a traditional soft and warm colored light. Your neighbors will be happier if you don’t flood the whole neighborhood with light all night long. Think about what you truly need and about what is attractive.
If security is what you are looking for, think about ways you can surprise a potential intruder with light and sound, like the muffled sound of a large barking dog, that is triggered to a motion sensor. A seasoned intruder is not put off by daylight or by lights that are left on all night. All they have to do is to pretend they are a delivery person or act like they own the place. They do not like dogs though and they do not like surprises. You should do everything you can to make it appear as if you have a dog, even if you don’t. Think about putting up a “Beware of the Dog” sign and light it up at night. You might even want to put out some dog toys or a leash on a rotating basis to disuade an potential intruder who is casing your neighborhood.
Here is a link that might interest you. A German company called NighTec®-Leuchtsteine has come up with solar powered pavers to light your way. Phosphorescent crystals embedded in the concrete absorb solar energy during the day and release it for about 10 hours at night. The pavers appear white during the day and emit a blue or green glow at night. Interesting idea, but what happens when it is covered by snow? This same technology can be used in railings, posts, walls, etc.
If you haven’t visited a lighting store in awhile, it is definitely worth the trip. Lighting has come a long way in the past 10 years.