Your home is your castle and you never want to feel unsafe. Should you become the victim of a burglary, however, you will lose your sense of security. If you have little ones, the fear following the incident can paralyze them. One thing burglars do not like is lit exteriors. This is why commercial space is always lit at night. You don’t need to install a bunch of unsightly and noisy mercury lights outdoors to feel safe. You can choose an exterior lighting design that wows while it protects. Here are some tips:

5 Exterior Lighting Design Tips

5 Exterior Lighting Design Tips

Layered Lighting Design for Exterior

One thing that won’t protect you much less look good is to install a few solar lights on the property and call it quits. It should go beyond solar lights along your walkway. It should include many different types of lighting to turn your front and back yards into a showplace and with a proper exterior lighting design, you can do just that. The following are the layers of your lighting design you might want to consider:

  • Safety
  • Accent
  • Security

Don’t Forget Your Side Yards

Your exterior lighting should not ignore your side yards. Not only are they good places for burglars to hide, but they are also ignored by many other homeowners. The lighting can be simple if you don’t have a lot of space between your home and your neighbor’s houses, and it can also be installed with infrared sensors to keep the lights off unless someone is on your property. This prevents the lights from bothering your neighbors but can scare away an intruder.

Go Green with Your Exterior Lighting Design

Don’t forget about the environment when you plan your landscape and safety lighting. You should use LED lighting absolutely everywhere you can because it’s environmentally friendly and it lasts longer than old-fashioned halogen lights. Capable of lasting up to 100,000 hours, each LED bulb can also stand up to the outdoors better than halogen can. These lights handle inclement weather, shock, and vibration better than other options, and they can be dimmed and brightened to add depth to your design.

Position Everything at Night

It’s best to position your design ideas at dusk so you can see how they work in the dark. When you set everything up during the day, it might look good at the time but uneven and haphazard once the sunsets. Install and arrange as much as you can after dark. This way you can see how everything is lining up while you’re in the process of setting it up, and changes can be made easier rather than having to redo the whole thing.

Use Timers

Finally, security experts such as Alder Home Security agree that all lights, outdoors and indoors, should be on timers. Unless you live in Arizona, once everyone “falls back,” it is dark by 6 p.m. You do not want a thief to think the house is empty, even if it is. You also do not want anyone slipping and falling on your property on the way to your front door. Use timers to turn on your beautiful landscape lighting to protect your home and those approaching it. If your home is automated you can program your automation to run through the same lighting sequence that happens when you are home.

Exterior lighting is a fantastic way to revamp your home. It also increases its curb appeal, which can increase the value of your property, and that’s a good thing no matter what.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.