Landscape Lighting Tips For Your Vacation Home


Getting away from the bright lights of the city doesn’t mean you want to pull up to a pitch-black home to start your vacation! Aside from the unwelcoming nature of a dark house, it’s also a safety hazard.

Lighting For Security

It is normal to worry about your vacation home being unoccupied. So how do you protect it from potential intruders? An alarm system is a great start. After that, the best way to keep intruders away is by giving your home an occupied look through the use of indoor lighting with timers and dimmable outdoor lighting. When a home looks occupied, intruders are far less likely to attempt a break-in to begin with.

Indoor lighting can be controlled through the use of mechanical timers or even your smart phone. It’s best to vary the times the lights go on and off, to give the house a more authentically “lived in” appearance.

Outdoor lighting is just as important to vacation home safety. It’s far more difficult to hide when a home is properly lit. With dimmable lighting, you can control the levels of your landscape lighting. It produces a soft light that serves as a guardian angel that watches over your property from dusk till dawn—gradually dimming down. Energy-efficient LED lamps use very little energy, so there’s no need to worry about the cost—you can easily afford safety and security for your family and guests.

Lighting For a Resort Lifestyle

Why have a vacation home, if not to help you relax and de-stress? One of our favorite ways to relax is to be outside. So why not let us make your outdoor area even more attractive after dark by highlighting the various features—beautiful trees, water features, fire pits, etc. Don’t forget about your outdoor kitchen and grill areas! Lighting makes the outdoors more inviting. It beckons us to linger and relax, and allows us to move comfortably and  safely.

LED bulbs also remove stress by requiring less maintenance. Halogen bulb generally last about a year and burn pretty hot, which can be a safety concern on a property that is not consistently occupied. LEDs can last as much as 50,000 hours, and only need to be replaced when they burn out. They burn cooler, which creates less need for maintenance on the fixtures as well.

Don’t neglect your vacation home when it comes to safety and serenity. Lighting makes everything safer and more enjoyable. Let your certified professional landscape lighting technician show you the tools and techniques he or she has to implement these and other great ideas for vacation home lighting.

Located in Summerfield, NC Southern Lights- Architectural and Landscape Lighting serves properties and property management companies throughout the state of NC including Greensboro, High Point, Jamestown, Burlington, Reidsville, Oak Ridge, Brown Summit, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Raleigh, Charlotte, Kannapolis, Salisbury, Gastonia, Matthews, etc.

Southern Lights has installed hundreds of outdoor landscape lighting systems and carries more certifications than anyone in the state. We specialize in lighting designs and service everything we install as well as lighting systems installed by others. With attention to detail and a solid knowledge of design, Southern Lights is the leading outdoor landscape lighting firm in the state of NC and beyond. See why our clients choose us. Contact us today by web (online form) or phone 336-451-4969.

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