Richmond, VA (PRWEB) July 6, 2009
Many homeowners use outdoor lights for artistic reasons: to highlight new landscaping, or to add a warm wash of light to a home's façade. While the artistic use of outdoor lighting is widely understood, the effective use of outdoor lighting for safety and security is often overlooked.
According to outdoor lighting specialist Winston Edwards of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, "A common mistake in outdoor lighting is the overuse of floodlights. While they seem like a safe option, floodlights can actually create shadows in landscaping and blind a homeowner who is looking outside. The same goes for eave or soffit lighting, which can be a hazard to passing motorists or pedestrians and a nuisance to neighbors."
Using an system of outdoor lights with a series of energy-efficient, low-wattage outdoor fixtures strategically placed around the home is a safe and effective way to light a landscape. "Lights should be positioned on the ground and shine up on distinctive features of the home, creating a pleasing effect and providing sufficient light to ward off intruders," Edwards added.
Besides serving as a natural deterrent for burglars, outdoor lights can enhance safety in terms of walking and maneuvering. With more than 7 million slip-and-fall lawsuits being filed each year, outdoor lighting is an easy way to keep people from falling and possibly litigating. Pathways, stone pavers, decks and especially steps deserve attention when it comes to designing an outdoor lighting system.
Failing to correctly light stairways disrupts depth perception and navigational abilities, but placing a light at the bottom of steps to shine upwards is not a solution. Lights should be used to create shadows on stairs to help the mind subconsciously create transitions. To achieve this, it is best to place lights above each step to shine downward.
Edwards also notes that "a final consideration is timing technology for outdoor lights, which can be especially beneficial for security. Equipment such as Lighting Control Automation (LCA) allows for a natural progression of light through the house, as if someone were walking from room to room. Homeowners can take LCA technology one step further and install driveway sensors that trigger inside and outside lights when a car pulls into the driveway. To see LCA in action, visit Outdoor Lighting Perspectives on You Tube at http://bit.ly/WhNAr and http://bit.ly/2u4Ict
Combining proper lighting techniques and equipment can result in added beauty, comfort and convenience to your property, while also contributing to safety and security. These days everyone should consider outdoor lighting as more of a necessity than a luxury.
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is America's largest full-service outdoor lighting specialist and part of the Outdoor Living Brands franchise company based in Richmond, Virginia. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives has redefined the outdoor lighting category through the application of innovative outdoor light designs and eco-friendly technologies. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives design consultants offer no-obligation demonstrations in the latest concepts in outdoor lighting to enhance the beauty, safety, and security of a home. For more information, visit http://www.outdoorlights.com.