The mulch has been spread, the flowers have been planted and you’ve even picked out the perfect patio set, but your landscaping project isn’t quite done yet. It’s now time to think about your outdoor lighting.
“Landscape lighting highlights the most beautiful parts of the home, from ornamental shrubs and trees to the home’s architecture, making sure your investment shines day and night,” Dan Merkel, Current Electric service electrician explained. “Illuminating the home’s exterior can also enhance your safety by deterring would-be intruders and creating a path of light for people walking on your property, from loved ones to delivery drivers.”
A recent report from the National Association of Realtors showed that outdoor lighting was “the most desirable” addition to enhance a home’s curb appeal.
“The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way Americans use their homes for daily living, relaxation, and entertainment,” Dr. Jessica Lautz, NAR deputy chief economist and vice president of research, said. “Homeowners have embraced their outdoor spaces — transforming them into oases with pools, patios, plants, and greenery. These outdoor features are embraced by the homeowner and can also attract buyers if the owner wants to sell.”
Of the 11 outdoor features included in the report, outdoor lighting is tied with pools for bringing the most joy to homeowners and potential buyers.
While landscape lighting is an important part of enhancing curb appeal, it is also one of the simplest electrical upgrades you can schedule for your home.
“Because landscape lighting uses underground wiring, a system can typically be installed without any damage to the home that often accompanies indoor wiring, such as hand holes in drywall,” Merkel noted.
Typically, there is no need to remember to turn your landscape lighting on and off. Pair it with a smart switch or timer, “so you can simply set it and forget it!” Merkel said.
“It’s no surprise that nearly all REALTORS® and most homeowners place a high value on the curb appeal of a well-maintained yard,” Britt Wood, National Association of Landscape Professionals CEO said. “Healthy outdoor living and green spaces help the environment, increase home values, make communities more desirable, and improve people’s mental and physical health.”
Increasing your home value doesn’t have to mean increasing your expenses.
“Modern landscape lights use LEDs as their primary light source, reducing maintenance costs and dark spots, while keeping the added cost on your electric bill nearly imperceptible,” Merkel noted.
Whether you are looking to add outdoor wall sconces or porch lights or you are wanting to add spot lighting to your outdoor oasis, Current Electric has you covered. Call us today at 262-786-5885 or schedule an appointment online at callcurrent.com.