Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, November 7. And while the whole “fall back” thing brings…
With the days getting shorter and darkness coming earlier in the day (thanks to Daylight Savings Time), November is a good time to think about lighting up your property with professional outdoor lighting. This is especially true if you have a large outdoor entertainment area, a longer driveway, or beautiful landscape features you would like to enhance.
You can increase security and beauty around your home with landscape and outdoor lighting. And if leaving for work in the dark and coming home from work in the dark gets you down, outdoor light can also be a great mood lifter as well as make your home look welcoming for the holidays.
Outdoor vs. Landscape Lighting
A lot of people use the terms outdoor lighting and landscape lighting interchangeably, but there are some subtle differences. Let’s take a look.
Outdoor lighting fixtures offer a finishing touch to your home and property. The styles can be Colonial or modern or something in between with finishes to coordinate with the exterior of your home. The fixtures should be sized properly for your home and reflect the style of the home.
Common fixtures and locations include:
- Front entry lights
- Lamppost lighting
- Garage entry lights
- Patio entry lights
- Motion sensor lights
Many of these lighting fixtures are attached to your home and are all the same style.
Landscape lighting, on the other hand, is designed to be unobtrusive yet elegant. Lighting fixtures can be incorporated into garden beds, beneath trees, and along pathways. Hardscape lighting is part of landscape lighting.
Hardscape lighting is most easily installed when we’re installing a new patio, steps, retaining wall, and walkways. Recessed lighting is built into the hardscape element from the beginning, providing safety, security, and nighttime beauty.
Some of the landscape lighting options include:
- Step Lights
- Wall Lights
- Garden Lights
- Stake Lights
- Water Feature Lights
That’s not an exhaustive list, but you get the idea.
Make It Smart
If you’re going to invest in a professional outdoor lighting and landscape lighting design, make it a smart system. Install a unified outdoor and landscape lighting system with controls. You can integrate it with your smart home system or control your lighting from your smartphone.
Set a schedule, and the lights come on and turn off automatically. You can set up zones that come on and shut off at different times or only light the areas that are being used at any given time. An outdoor and landscape lighting professional can help you come up with a cohesive design and installation plan that will beautify and protect your home for years to come.
Make It Exceptional. Make It Woodfield.
If you’re looking to enhance the look of your property after the sun goes down, make sure you hire outdoor lighting contractors who see the big picture. You deserve an exceptional experience from the first consultation to the lighting design phase all the way through to that first evening when the lights come on.
We design and install custom outdoor lighting and landscape lighting solutions for homeowners throughout the Baltimore area, including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Harford County, and Howard County. Schedule a call today.