Three Good Reasons to Update Your Outdoor Garden Lights

Posted on 18th November 2010 in Home & Garden

Are you thinking about updating your outdoor lighting arrangement?  Do you even think about your current outdoor lighting scheme?  For the vast majority of homeowners, outdoor lighting is routinely neglected.  We think about our outdoor lighting when we notice a bulb has burnt out but otherwise ignore the issue for years.  Many homeowners have lived in their homes for decades and have never considered altering their outdoor garden lights.

There are a number of reasons to take a good hard look at your current outside garden lighting scheme and consider updating or adding to it.  There are a number of new lighting products on the market that can improve the appearance of your house, increase the safety and security of your home while at the same time reducing your monthly utility costs.

The first reason to review your lighting is to replace aging technology with newer technology.  One of the most effective ways to increase the security of your home is to install motion detector lights.  The technology behind motion detector lights has been available for a number of decades.  However, the lights were expensive and sometimes difficult to find.  Currently, these lights are very reasonably priced and are widely available.  Most home hardware or home renovation stores will carry at least a few different models.  Even more conveniently, solar powered motion detector lights are now available making the installation of these lights very easy.

The second reason to review your outdoor lighting is with an eye to reducing your energy consumption.  Newer LED light bulbs are now widely available.  This new type of light bulb uses a fraction of the energy that the older light bulbs used and are capable of casting the same amount of light.  Another way to reduce your energy costs is to switch your outdoor lighting to solar lighting.  Historically, solar lights have been expensive and ineffective.  However, the technology behind solar powered lights has advanced significantly over the past decade and now solar lights are very affordable and are capable of casting much more light.  As long as the solar panel receives enough sunlight, your lights will work for years and will add nothing to your electrical bill.

The last reason to consider updating your outdoor lighting is simple curb appeal.  Adding a new fixture can add charm to your home and update the look of your home.  The range of light fixtures available is enormous.  There is a style and color to suit everyone and every budget.  With a very small investment you can add to the curb appeal of your home.

Whether you want to increase the security of your home, reduce your electrical bills, or update the home’s appearance there are a number of good reasons to consider changing your outdoor lighting.

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