Outdoor lighting displays are a time-honored holiday tradition. Do you enjoy driving around your town during December to see the different displays? Lighting up the night not only helps make December’s short days festive, it makes decorated homes come alive. And, as you’ve probably noticed, some homes have installed outdoor lighting for use year-round. Outdoor lights add beauty, safety and security, drama and a welcoming glow to your home in all seasons.
Well-designed outdoor lighting brings visual impact and increased safety and security. Effective lighting displays result from careful planning and the use of quality, long-lasting lights. Begin with a vision of your property, showing where your home, driveway, walking paths, deck or patio, and outdoor grill or fireplace are located. Other items to light include specimen trees or shrubs, flag poles, statuary or other permanent displays. Finally, think about characteristics of the home itself, such as a gabled roofline, large window, and other architectural features.
An experienced landscape designer will assist you in choosing the style of lighting suited for your home. You’ll want to consider solar or low-voltage lighting, contemporary vs. traditional designs, brightness, color and shape. Visitor safety and home security are also top considerations. Lights should be placed where guests can easily maneuver around them without fear of damaging them or falling.
ADDING A LIGHTING DISPLAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Add to your year-round lighting display for maximum impact during the holidays. Simply change out clear bulbs for colored bulbs to create a dramatic spotlight, or add stringed or shaped lights for a festive look. As you add lighting for the holidays, consider how they create dramatic effects. Placing the holiday lights around paths leading to your front door will create a welcoming, festive glow.
O’Donovan and Son Landscaping has over 45 years of experience in the Naperville area, designing and installing beautiful hardscapes and landscapes for residential and commercial customers. Call us at 630-355-3370 to work with our designers and make your home shine. Whether you are creating an outdoor lighting design or complementing an existing display, we hope you and your family enjoy the holidays this year and always!