Posted on September 11, 2014 by John Bruce
When outdoor lighting is done right, it enhances the look and atmosphere of your home.
Are you familiar with the old saying, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right”? I’ve heard it all my life and have found it to be quite true, especially when it comes to outdoor lighting. Illuminating your home and landscaping can transform your property – elevating its look, creating an atmosphere where you can relax, and increasing your property value. But poorly done outdoor lighting can actually make your home look worse than it would without any outdoor lighting at all, and often, that lighting isn’t functional either.
What are some problems inexperienced outdoor lighting designers and installers create when they are trusted with your Kansas City outdoor lighting system? Consider the following.
You’ve seen the house that has a couple outdoor lighting fixtures installed at the corners. Bars of light illuminate the gutters or perhaps a column but not much more. Such lighting draws more attention to itself than to the property. It also does not provide enough light to navigate driveways, paths, or the entryway into the residence.
With inadequate illumination, the entire top floor of this home disappears in shadow.
Believe it or not, it is possible for designers to use too many fixtures and too much light. Such a property is as bright as your local high school football field. The system can make the property so bright it appears stark and is difficult to view.
Poor Fixture Placement
Outdoor lighting fixtures should, for the most part, be invisible. And those that can be seen should blend into the environment. They should not be the first thing you see.
The Airport Affect
I know you’ve seen driveways and pathways that are lined with outdoor lights evenly spaced on both sides, and it’s very reminiscent of a runway. Unless your goal is to attract small planes, this is to be avoided. All anyone will see is the fixtures.
Staggering fixtures along a path prevents the airport affect.
These mistakes are easy for non-professionals or general contractors to make because such lighting providers do not have the experience or training needed to make the system look its best. They just aren’t specialists.
But at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we are specialists. We take outdoor lighting very seriously and we apply grandma’s wise words to each system we design. Not only do we know how to bring out the best of your property at night, but we also know how to fix the problems listed above. Your Kansas City outdoor lighting system is worth doing right. Why? Because you are paying for it to be done right, because our work speaks for us, because we take pride in what we do, and finally because we love creating beautiful outdoor lighting. Contact us today. We will use experience, high quality fixtures and components, and creativity to give you the outdoor lighting system you’ve always wanted.
John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City