Outdoor Lighting
Littman Bros |  November 1, 2017

Tips for Making Your Exterior Landscape Lighting Look Amazing

Exterior landscape lighting is something that’s overlooked on a lot of Chicago homes. Many homeowners focus more on the interior design of their home while even more don’t stop to consider what their home looks like in the dark. But a little outdoor lighting can go a long way and provide your home with many benefits that you may not have considered. It’s a worthy investment for your home and something that the Littman Bros Lighting team would love to help you complete. We offer a great selection of outdoor lighting available in our online store and our Chicago showroom. Before you start to shop for your exterior lighting fixtures, though, it’s important to know why exterior lighting is so beneficial and how to design a lighting plan that will show off your home. This guide will help you get started.

The Benefits of Exterior Landscape Lighting

It can make your home safer.

Outdoor lighting, especially around entrances, can be a deterrent to would-be burglars. Criminals are far less likely to try to get inside your home using your doors or windows if there is a good chance that they will be seen from the street and reported by a suspicious passerby. Additionally, outdoor lighting can make your home safer for your guests, too. Those unfamiliar with the landscaping of your home may find it difficult to navigate to your door in the dark, so a little pathway lighting can help guide their way and prevent stumbles or falls. In that way, your guests will appreciate your outdoor lighting as much as you do!

It makes your home look more inviting.

If you drive through your neighborhood after dark, pay attention to the homes that you pass by. Which ones look friendly and inviting? Which ones look like they might as well have a sign out that says “visitors not welcome”? There is a good chance that the homes that look friendly and inviting are the ones that have some outdoor lighting. You want you home to be a happy and friendly place, and the right lighting can give it the feel that you want visitors and others to experience when they pull up outside. Make note of the things that you love about the more inviting homes and use that as inspiration for your own lighting design plan.

It can raise the value of your home.

Outdoor lighting is actually an investment that can pay off in the long run. That’s because the right lighting can actually increase the value of your home. That’s because it can boost curb appeal, highlight the architecture of your home, and demonstrate that a lot of care has gone into keeping your home. Potential buyers will appreciate all of that and are more willing to pay top dollar for a home like that. That means with the right exterior lighting, your home could end up bringing in a bigger sale price than an identical home down the street. So the small investment that you make in your exterior lighting could end up paying you back when you move!

How to Create a Beautiful Exterior Lighting Design

Start with a focal point.

You’ll want to start your exterior lighting scheme by considering what you want to be the focus of your lighting. Many people choose their front entry, and that can make a lot of sense for your home. It helps guests find the front door, provides a deterrent for criminal activity, and a lot of homes have beautiful front doors that deserve to be highlighted. Don’t think this is your only option, though. Other great focal points can include large trees on your property, fountains or other water features, or even a piece of artwork. Whatever you choose should be well-lit using flood lights, or in the case of your front entry, pendants or sconces.

Use uplighting on architectural details.

Uplighting is a very useful addition to your outdoor lighting design. It’s especially useful to highlight certain architectural details of your home. For instance, using uplighting to highlight detailed trim or stained glass windows will enhance the design and make it look more dramatic. Place flood lights down low and allow the light to just skim across the surface of the walls. This is an easy way to make your exterior lighting look especially well-planned and expensive.

Accent paths and hardscaping.

The details of your lighting plan should highlight the paths and hardscaping of your exterior space. Lighting along your pathways will not only add light for guests, but it will also add more visual interest to the overall design. Consider adding lighting to other hardscaping areas of your exterior as well, such as along raised flower beds or along your driveway. All of these areas can benefit from rope lighting for a more modern, clean look or the use of staked lights for a classic design.

Use timers on all outdoor lighting.

Whatever lighting you decide on for your exterior, you’ll want to make sure that the entire system is set up on a timer. That way you can set it up once and won’t have to think about it again. The lights can come on automatically when the sun goes down, and then either turn off when the sun rises or at a set time during the night. Some outdoor lighting systems will use a light-sensitive system to automatically sense when it gets dark and when the lights are and are not needed. These systems are absolutely worth the investment and will make your outdoor lighting system foolproof.

Remember a little light goes a long way.

Once you start to design your outdoor lighting, it’s easy to get carried away with it! There are so many gorgeous fixtures and beautiful ways you can light up the night around your home. But it’s important to remember that in the dark, a little bit of light goes a long way. You don’t want to add so much light that your home starts to look like a well-lit parking lot or a prison yard. If you opt for more fixtures, considering going with less wattage in your bulbs. This will prevent too much light from entering the interior of your home, too, where it can become an issue when you are trying to sleep.

Need help finding the right exterior lighting fixtures for your Chicago home? Littman Bros Lighting can help! Our team can help you develop a lighting plan that perfectly suits your home’s design and your budget while connecting you with fixtures that you’ll love. Visit our showroom or contact us through our website and we’ll find the fixtures that are perfect for your plan.