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Benefits of Functional Outdoor Lighting

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Benefits of Functional Outdoor Lighting

When you spend time outdoors with family and friends, you’ll need adequate outdoor lighting to illuminate your landscape areas. Whether you’re sitting outside on a deck or patio or you wish to place a spotlight on a specific area of your yard, outdoor lighting can serve these purposes.


You have a variety of options as you choose outdoor lighting designs. The Energy Savers website provides assistance and information to help you select outdoor lighting. It’s important to consider what you need and how you will use the lighting to ensure that you choose lighting with the features you need. With many benefits of functional outdoor lighting, find the lighting fixtures that will add beauty, function and safety to your outdoor areas.

  1. 1.Safety

    Use a combination of uplights as well as lights installed on outdoor structures to illuminate your seating areas effectively.

    Outdoor lighting can add safety in a variety of ways. Light walkways to ensure that people navigate these areas safely. Use zone lighting to illuminate areas of your yard and landscape for nighttime use. Zone lighting can be effective for lighting a patio, deck, garden, pool area or outdoor seating area. Illuminate sidewalks, driveways, garages and entryways to keep your landscape safe after dark. The more lights, the safer your outdoor areas will be.

  2. 2.Security

    A well-lit landscape and yard presents a feeling of security and maintenance. When you keep your outdoor areas illuminated, you present a feeling of care and involvement. When people view your well-lit yard, they often interpret your property as cared-for and well maintained. This can discourage trespassing and theft.


    Install lights with motion detectors so they illuminate when motion activates them. A dark yard can be splashed with bright lights when someone walks through your yard – this can be helpful for family and friends to keep people safe and it can also deter would-be criminals from trespassing on your property.

  3. 3.Comfort

    Extend your living areas by lighting your outdoor landscape. If you have a deck or patio with seating, add comfortable and attractive lighting to enable you to use these areas after dark. The ambiance of outdoor seating can be pleasant and inviting, especially when you feature attractive outdoor lighting that adds to your outdoor decor. Use a combination of uplights as well as lights installed on outdoor structures to illuminate your seating areas effectively.

  5. 4.Decor

    Showcase and highlight specific areas of your landscape with decorative lighting. By installing uplights around your landscape in various spots, you pull the eye to these areas and display them attractively. Landscape lighting is an effective way to display planting areas or flower gardens. Install mood lighting along outdoor buildings to add pleasant splashes of light in your landscape. You can even add low-voltage exterior lights to trees and shrubs outdoors to illuminate planting areas and add beautiful accents to your exterior areas.

  6. 5.Curb Appeal

    A well-lit home presents a cared-for impression to the entire neighborhood. Your house will appear warm and inviting as it sits quietly on your property. In contrast to a dark and drab home, your illuminated home will draw people in and offer a warm refuge for family and friends.


    Regardless of the purpose of your outdoor lighting, the benefits are all positive. From increasing safety and security to creating a warm and inviting environment, adding outdoor lighting will enhance and beautify your home.

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