When it comes to lighting up the outside of your home, you need multiple different elements to create the ideal landscape lighting effect.
Many homeowners focus their attention on lighting the entry areas to their home, spending time and effort choosing the best overhead porch lights and outdoor wall sconces that will provide direct light to the door.
However, when organizing outdoor lighting for your home, another important kind of lighting fixture to consider is post lighting. Post lights can provide much-needed illumination in open-air settings, like driveways and walkways.
Here are the top 3 reasons to include post lighting as part of your overall outdoor lighting plan:
Post Lights Make Your Property Safer
In order to keep your home safe for visitors, you need to make sure there is ample light every step of the way leading up to your door. Post lighting is one of the most efficient ways to ensure there is plenty of illumination along walkways, around patios, and approaching up to doorways. Not only do post lights provide the desired lighting your guests need, they can also serve as a deterrent for any unwanted lurkers who may be looking to target houses where it appears no one is home.
Post Lights Add Curb Appeal to Your Home
Outdoor lighting adds instant ambiance to a home. Consider installing a post light at the end of the driveway as a friendly, welcoming touch. If you install the same light fixture in multiple locations, you can create a layered look for maximum curb appeal.
Post Lights Give You a Unified Landscape Design
By arranging lighting across your property, you will be able to accentuate the best features of your house and landscaping at night while simultaneously creating a new point of visual interest during the day with the design of your fixtures.
Pro tip: make sure your outdoor lighting comes in the same style or from the same lighting collection in order to ensure a cohesive sense of design.
When choosing post lights, you’ll want to pay attention to both the size of the post and the number of bulbs on the fixture. Every piece of property is different, so you may have to experiment with the number of fixtures you’ll need and the space between them in order to make sure you’re achieving proper illumination with no “black holes” or gaps between the light.
Also, you will want to make sure your post lighting is “wet rated”. This means your post lights will be able to withstand direct exposure to rain, snow, and heavy moisture, which you will definitely want unless your fixture is somehow protected from the elements.
For more outdoor lighting inspiration, check out the post lighting we have available at Going Lighting.