Are you considering having a landscape lighting system installed? Maybe you’ve been thinking about it for a while, but just can’t get off the fence. Or maybe you were planning on getting it done this summer, but just kept putting it off.
But there’s no time like the present.
The Best Laid Plans
I think this scenario plays out many times each year: A homeowner is really interested in installing landscape lighting. They’re looking forward to the many benefits:
- The enhanced safety for family members and visitors
- The increased security – making your home a less attractive target for bad guys
- The practicality of getting more utility from your outdoor areas
- The beauty that’s added to your home by converting a ‘black hole’ into a lovely nightscape
- The real value that landscape lighting adds to your home by bumping up its curb appeal
But summertime is when many homeowners pull the trigger on projects such as installing outdoor lighting.
And when summer winds down and leaves begin to swirl, homeowners oftentimes put those planning-to-do projects on the back burner: “Well, it’s kind of late in the season to start that project now. Maybe I’ll just wait until next summer.”
But that’s a mistake.
Fall is Primetime for Installing Landscape Lighting
If you’ve been thinking of installing landscape lighting, don’t let the season of the year put you off. Anytime of the year is a good time to get that project started.
But fall is a particularly good time, and here’s why: The benefits of landscape lighting pay-off better during the winter than during any other time of year. That’s because most of the benefits associated with landscape lighting are of more value during the winter than during any other season.
Think about it: Just the simple fact that the nights are so much longer during the winter means that your landscape lighting system will be more important.
Consider each of the benefits we listed above:
- Safety: It gets dark early during the winter. And that means that it’s often already dark as your family arrives home from their daily activities. Same is true of the morning; it’s often dark as your family begins their day. Having walkways and driveways well lit both morning and evening reduces the likelihood of a trip-and-fall or parking accident while people are coming and going.
- Security: Nighttime is primetime for bad guys. And the longer nights of winter extends their working hours – but not for your home, if it’s well lit all hours of the night.
- Practicality: Do you not use your outdoor areas during the wintertime? Well, that’s a shame! As we noted in a recent article, outdoor entertaining is booming (outdoor kitchens are all the rage right now). And that includes during the wintertime. Radiant heating can keep any outdoor area quite comfy during the depths of winter. But you can’t use your outdoor areas if you can’t see them for the darkness!
- Beauty: Because of the longer nighttime hours, your home will stand out even more during the winter as a sparkling jewel among a neighborhood of black-hole landscapes. (Unless, of course, lots of your neighbors are already enjoying the benefits of landscape lighting. And if that’s the case, then your home is the black hole dragging down the neighborhood’s nighttime appearance!)
- Curb Appeal: OK, this one doesn’t really change during the winter. By why wait until spring to increase your home’s value?
No Better Time Than Now…
TLC’s crews work all through the winter. So it doesn’t matter to us whether it’s spring, winter, summer, or fall. We’re ready at anytime to get started on your landscape lighting project.
So if you’ve been thinking about it, why not pull the trigger? Because no matter what time of the year it is, there’s no good reason to wait.