Posted on October 20, 2017 by John Bruce
The holiday season means there are lots of visitors in town to celebrate. What better time to update your home’s outdoor lighting? With the shorter days and longer nights, outdoor lighting makes a huge difference in the way your home welcomes those visitors. Plus, you’ll want your holiday decorations to look their best too.
That’s why outdoor lighting is so popular this time of year. From pathway lighting to make sure your guests can find their way safely to your door, to architectural lighting to show off the features of your home’s facade, to landscape lighting that highlights trees, statues, retaining walls and more, outdoor lighting is the best way to accentuate your home for the long evenings of winter.
Don’t Make Amateur DIY Outdoor Lighting Mistakes
When people decide to light up their homes, they typically make a trip to their local home improvement store for a handful of lights and extension cords. It’s an easy way to get the job done, but there are a few drawbacks to this method. Here are some of the most obvious DIY mistakes we see with outdoor lighting:
- Adding every light in the kit – Pathway lights from the hardware store usually come in pre-packaged kits that contain anywhere from 6-18 lights. One of the biggest mistakes we see homeowners make is using every light in the kit when half would suffice. The effect is like an airport runway and an obvious sign that those lights were a DIY project, not a professional job.
- Unsightly extension cords draped across your sidewalk – cords stretched across sidewalks and snaking through the landscaping to the closest outlet are a sure sign of a DIY job – not to mention a tripping hazard.
- Glaring spotlights – because you are trying to light the home with only a couple of lights, the possibility of the lights shining in your eyes when you open the front door, or even through the windows, is a great possibility. Glaring lights detract from the soft highlight that was the original intent.
Outdoor Lighting Highlights Your Home and Looks Great All Year
We have good news if you find yourself in this predicament. The professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City can help. We start with a free consultation to determine the best outdoor lighting for your home. Then we demonstrate the lighting at night to make sure the lighting plans exceed your expectations. Finally, we offer long-term maintenance to ensure your lighting always works and looks professional.
When we light your home, the wires will be securely buried and the fixtures unnoticeable. After all, outdoor lighting is about the effect, not the fixtures. Not only will we make your home look its best for the holidays, your outdoor lighting system will continue to enhance your home all year long. It’s the best gift you can give yourself.
If you’d like help lighting your home and landscape, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives at (913) 859-9150 or contact us online.