Are you ready to start taking full advantage of your home’s outdoor space, making a better impression on visitors and neighbors, and improving your family’s safety? The right residential outdoor lighting can help you accomplish all of those goals.
Master Electrical Service treats outdoor lighting with the same degree of seriousness as we do indoor lighting designs and fixtures. No matter what your goals are when it comes to lighting your landscape, driveway, and exterior, we’ve got all of the experience and expertise required to help bring them to fruition.
Just like there are different ways to illuminate the inside of a home, there are also many options for home outdoor lighting. Choosing the right types of fixtures is largely a matter of determining what your primary goals are, then working to accomplish them. Outdoor lights can generally be broken down into several categories according to the purposes they serve.
Landscape lighting focuses on generating nighttime curb appeal by highlighting unique landscaping features, hardscaping elements, or building components. Landscape lighting designs typically include multiple types of fixtures, each of which can be chosen based on your unique needs. Uplights and directional lights can create layers, flood lights can highlight specific features, and wash lights produce soft, diffuse light that’s perfect for brightening up home facades, exterior walls, and privacy fences.
Even homes that feature very little residential outdoor lighting typically have entry lights. They provide illumination for front entryways, including not just the door but also the path and stairs leading up to it. Entry lights can be incorporated into landscape lighting designs, but they typically prioritize function over fashion. Entry lights help to protect against injury and reduce the risk of home invasions.
Driveway and pathway lights can be incorporated into a broader landscape lighting design, or they can be viewed from a strictly pragmatic standpoint. The type of lights you use will likely depend on the layout of the yard and your primary objectives. If your driveway is short and ends in an attached garage, for example, and you aim to improve home security and resident safety, a motion sensor light hung from the garage may be sufficient. If you have a large yard with a long driveway and want to prioritize curb appeal, lampposts lining the driveway may be a better option.
If you don’t have any outdoor lighting installed yet, you have two options for providing power. You can either purchase solar-powered lights, or we can run wiring from your home. In most cases, this requires adding an extra circuit and potentially upgrading your breaker box. Because every yard is different, our team usually performs a property evaluation and schedules a design consultation before deciding on the best way to power your outdoor lights, but don’t worry. We will find a way to accommodate your needs.
If you already know what types of lights you want and where they will go, it may be tempting to view outdoor lighting installation as a DIY project. You shouldn’t, though. Installing any kind of lighting fixture can be dangerous and is always a job best left to the pros, but it’s of particular importance that you work with expert electricians for outdoor lighting services.
There are specific safety concerns that need to be addressed when installing new outdoor lights. The fixtures must be weather-resistant, and any outlets required to support temporary or seasonal lighting displays need to be GFCIs. Plus, safety concerns aside, it’s very difficult to get the positioning right, especially for landscape lighting designs. Working with an experienced outdoor lighting installation company is the only way to make sure everything goes smoothly and the whole design comes out as planned.
Tackling very minor issues such as replacing burnt-out bulbs is something you should be able to tackle at home, provided you can safely reach the fixtures. Beyond that, though, the best solution is always to call one of our home outdoor lighting specialists to perform repairs as soon as possible. If there is any possibility of water, ice, or snow reaching exposed wiring, you should shut off the circuit providing power to the area and wait until we’ve resolved the problem to turn it back on.
If you need any kind of outdoor lighting services in Ogden, UT, or the surrounding areas, you can count on the experts at Master Electrical Service. We’ve been in business for over half a century, and in that time, we’ve learned what it takes to provide exceptional service. Let us be your go-to outdoor lighting installation company. Give us a call to discuss your project today.