Many of us want to increase the value of our property by adding beautiful lighting designs. We also want to be safe. However, a floodlight with two 150-watt conventional bulbs can add $100 to the electricity bill every year, and no one needs to be wasting money like that. Smart designs are more efficient, easier on the pocketbook, and better for the environment, too. So, here’s some advice about what to look for in well-designed outdoor lighting

Choose dark sky compliant lighting

Don’t waste light (and valuable electricity) by using fixtures that allow light to shine in all directions. Light that is properly focused and aimed will use less electricity and provide more consistent exposure, which reduces glare and shadows.

Choose solar powered outdoor lighting

I don’t think there is anything on the market in outdoor lighting these days that is easier and more efficient than solar lights. Use around the garden, pathways, driveways, patios, even wall lighting for your doors.


Choose motion-sensitive lighting

Instead of opting for security lighting that will stay all on night, choose lights that have motion sensitive switches. These lights will not be on when an intruder first arrives, ensuring that they don’t know the lights are there. This is important since would-be thieves can find ways to evade always-on lighting. Lights that surprise them are harder to predict and may scare intruders away simply by catching them off guard.


Choose LED light bulbs

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can also be used effectively in outdoor lighting. Many security lights come with LED bulbs, solar panels, and motions sensors, making them virtually free to operate. Plus they require little installation. But they do cast very focused light, so are best suited for applications where light is required in specific, smaller areas.


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