Already, days are getting shorter, and nights are getting longer. You’ve probably noticed this when you wake in the morning, and it seems your alarm is going off earlier and earlier. Of course, it’s not, but when it’s dark out, your body is telling you otherwise. In just a couple short weeks, dark will arrive even sooner when our clocks all fall back an hour for Daylight Savings. Whether you will be coming home from work or bringing the kids home from practice and rehearsals, you’ll be doing so in the dark, and that prospect simply isn’t enjoyable. No matter if you live in a community or in a more remote area, returning to a dark home can present some challenges and dangers. Finding the correct key can be maddening, catching your toe on a raised spot in the concrete can be treacherous, and having ample shadowed places for unsavory characters to hide present serious security problems. But all of these concerns can be alleviated simply by adding outdoor lighting to your home in three important areas.
Whether your drive is straight, curved, level, or on a steep hill, it is important to have visibility, especially if you are the parent of a young driver. Good visibility can help prevent collisions, running off into the ditch, or smashing into those nice new hedges or the mailbox. Driveway lighting provides the illumination needed for drivers to park and back the car without mishaps and for an uneventful trek to the door.
Every home has paths. Perhaps you routinely enter your home through a side door, or a long path leads from the drive to your front entryway. Even paths through the back of your property or in your garden need illumination if they are used regularly. Why? Because even if you know a path well, objects can make their way into it. Perhaps a child leaves a toy out, or you forget to put a tool back in the shed. You could even come upon spider webs or snakes when walking your paths, but if path lighting is present, you, your family, and your guests can see dangers before stepping into them.
General exterior illumination of your home is also especially important when we have more hours of darkness. Areas of dense shadows provide places for thieves and vandals to hide. Criminals are more likely to target dark properties because they are more likely to get away without being caught. Illuminating your architecture and landscaping minimizes those areas around your home. Of course, you don’t want to light your home up like a football stadium, but beautiful, relaxing outdoor lighting can provide enough illumination that it will be less appealing to those who are up to no good.
As we draw closer to the winter months, more hours of darkness is a fact, but you and your family don’t have to fumble and stumble around in the dark. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Columbus. With many years of experience designing, installing, and maintaining outdoor lighting, we can provide your property with beautiful illumination that helps protect you as well. Contact us today.
J.K. Smith, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Columbus