Many Ways Outdoor Lighting Can Improve Your Home

Lighting isn’t just a matter for your home’s interior, with most homeowners having multiple outdoor lighting fixtures as well. These can provide a little extra style for your home or improve your security. There are many different types to choose from, so anyone in the market for outdoor lighting has plenty of choices.

Achieve the Style You’re Aiming for with Uplights and Downlights

Other key components used in designing custom outdoor lighting solutions are uplights and downlights. This kind of landscape lighting is just what it sounds like. Uplights point straight up, and downlights point straight down. The key is in how you use them.

Uplights are commonly used around the base of a home to cast light upwards against its exterior walls. This approach gives the front of the house a very distinct look. 

Because the light is shining straight up, you don’t have to worry about the excess light coming through your windows like you would with a spotlight aimed straight at your home.

Downlights are typically used as outdoor landscape lighting for patios and other outdoor areas used after dark. They’re mounted on walls, fences, or other areas where they can be kept relatively low to the ground, below head height at least. This positioning illuminates the ground without casting excessive light anywhere else.

With downlights, you can maintain and even improve the ambiance of dusk outdoors while still being able to see where you’re going.

Decorating Your Patio with String Lights and Other Features

One of the latest trends in outdoor lighting is string lights. While they’ve been around for a long, long time, they’ve become much more popular over the last few years. String lights provide adequate lighting for nighttime entertaining while also being very stylish.

Of course, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the unique styles of outdoor lighting. Sconce lighting, lampposts, lanterns, and more; there’s no end to the ways that you can use lighting to make the exterior of your home truly unique.  Travis Electrical Service can even add GFCI protected outlets to your patio or porch so you can add all the string lights you need!

Keeping Your Home Safe and Secure with Outdoor Lighting

Landscape lighting provides many opportunities to show your style, but outdoor lighting plays another purpose as well. Floodlights and motion sensor lights act as an essential deterrent for keeping your home safe from break-ins.

Floodlights for Illuminating Your Entire Property

A floodlight mounted to your home will provide ample lighting for that entire face of the house, illuminating your yard or driveway completely. If you ever need to see what’s going on outdoors at night, this is the way to go.

These powerful lights aren’t necessarily what you need for your home, but you might consider them if you have landscaping that makes it easy for intruders of the human or animal variety to evade detection.

Additional Security with Motion-Sensor Lighting

Of course, the most effective lighting deterrent for any kind of prowler is the motion sensor light. These lights have infrared sensors that detect motion, like a person or animal walking across your driveway, yard, or path. When they detect activity, they turn on the lights.

If the intruder is a potential burglar trying to access your home or vehicles, this will quickly scare almost anyone off. They aren’t going to stand around to figure out if it was just a motion light or someone noticing them. They’re going to leave as quickly as they can.

These lights are also a great way to automatically have lighting when you arrive home after dark. Furthermore, they can often encourage raccoons and other pests to keep away from garbage bins or other points of interest.

Professional Outdoor Lighting Upgrades

If you’re considering upgrading your outdoor lighting for style or security, you can count on the professional team at Travis Electrical Service.We’ve provided lighting upgrades and other essential electrical services for 14 years and can carry out your new outdoor lighting installation safely, reliably, and as soon as possible. Just give us a call today for a quote on any of your outdoor lighting needs.