Outdoor landscape lighting is an investment that many residential homeowners have benefited from. From aesthetic appeal to improved safety and security, outdoor lighting has many advantages. Depending on the goals you hope to achieve with your lighting, there are many types of outdoor lighting fixtures available to choose from. However, in this guide, we will be specifically highlighting spotlights. Spotlights are a great choice for outdoor lighting as they will give your landscape the edge you want. In the following sections, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about selecting and installing spotlights outside your home.
What Are Spotlights?
Spotlights provide a beam of light that is about 45 degrees in width and generally less than 25 degrees wide. This type of focused lighting emphasizes specific features for safety, wayfinding, or aesthetic purposes. They allow you to illuminate a specific area or particular object without casting wide beams of light elsewhere. They can be used to highlight architectural or landscape elements such as statues, doorways, trees, etc. Spotlights are typically used near signage and entryways or along pathways. What’s great about spotlights is that they offer versatility in lighting design. They use light and shadow to create visual interest. They can be used to create visual accents horizontally and vertically, helping distinguishing features stand out while leaving others in silhouette.
What Are the Benefits of Spotlights?
As previously mentioned, there are many advantages that homeowners can benefit from after having spotlights installed. Here’s a list of just some of those benefits:
Safety and Awareness:
Having exterior lighting outside of your home can improve personal safety. You can avoid accidental injury by illuminating your driveway, backyard, pathway, porch, etc. By having light around your home, you can eliminate the possible risk of getting hurt especially during a season of ice and snow.
Appeal and Functionality:
Keeping your home’s exterior well-lit is great for entertaining purposes. A well-lit area can enhance get together experiences with friends and family. In this way, your social gathering doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. Spotlights placed around your home can double as accent lighting, as well, producing warmer, ambient tones. You can create an inviting setting that encourages your guests to comfortably stay the evening.
Improved Home Security:
Burglaries are a serious concern for homeowners given that they are a common threat. One of the greatest benefits in installing spotlights is that you can improve the security of your home. By adding bright lights around your home, you can make it easier to see any intruders encroaching on your property. Potential burglars can easily be noticed by neighbors, pedestrians, cameras, or even you. Having outside lighting is a great way to deter a possible break-in.
Increase in Property Value:
Having spotlights around your home can improve the overall property value. Exterior lighting is a prime feature as it can possibly lend to a higher appraisal if you ever sold your home. In addition to your home’s worth, adding spotlights can reduce your home’s insurance rates. Because they reduce the likelihood of break-ins, many insurance companies have discounts and deductions off premiums for homeowners that have outdoor lighting.
Selecting the Best Spotlights for Your Home
Now that you know what spotlights have to offer, you must figure out which spotlights are best for your home. You’ll get different features depending on the brand you go with. The selection process may seem a bit overwhelming, but you have to decide what it is you’re looking for and what is going to match your needs. To help give you a push in the right direction, we’ve compiled a small list of the best spotlights currently on the market. Here’s what we recommend:
JIOR Solar Landscape Spotlights
JIOR solar landscape spotlights are a great choice for both pathway and landscape lighting in your yard. It has three working modes such as dim mode, bright mode, and highlight mode. It automatically turns on at night and turns off at sunrise. JIOR spotlights have specially designed ground stakes and wall brackets making it easy to insert in the ground or fix on the wall. This 32 LEDs solar landscape spotlights set is brighter than regular outdoor spotlights on the market, thus maintaining longer lighting distances. With its high-strength ABS material and IP65 waterproof design, these spotlights can brighten your home no matter the weather.
SUNTHIN Outdoor Landscape Spotlights
SUNTHIN outdoor landscape spotlights provide a warm, white glow with their upgraded, glare-free lens. These lights last longer than traditional lighting and use less energy. They are easy to install as the kit includes 8 spotlights, 1 transformer, and cables for a quick set-up. SUNTHIN spotlights are waterproof, able to withstand extreme weather conditions such as rain, snow, frost, or sleet. By investing in this set, you get durable lights that create a warm and pleasant landscape.
Linkind StarRays 12 LEDs Landscape Solar Spotlights
What makes the Linkind StarRays landscape solar spotlights stand out is their compact and space-saving size. Still, this small size does not impede the brightness of these lights as they are able to shine at 350lm, brighter than many in the market. These spotlights have two lighting modes such as low light mode and high light mode. It automatically comes on at night and shuts off at sunrise. The head of the spotlight is adjustable at 180 degrees horizontally and 90 degrees vertically, making it extremely easy to direct the light to the areas you want. In fact, the 90-degree angle makes the beam more focused and able to brighten spots necessary for highlighting ideal outdoor features.
How to Install Spotlights
Before you select any options of spotlights, you should make sure that you have a full understanding of how spotlights work. Once you have this understanding, you can decide what features will best suit your home. It’s important that you know what you need before having spotlights installed so that way time, effort, and money isn’t wasted. Only after you have a firm grasp of what you need, should you make plans to have spotlights installed. Here are a few ways on how to install spotlights outside your home:
Before you install your spotlights, it is essential that you know exactly where you want the lights to be. This is important because the location of the lights will determine how your spotlights will be mounted. Your spotlights can typically be stake-mounted, surface-mounted, or mounted in-ground. You should pick a location where the lights will be the most effective.
The ease of installation depends on the type of spotlights and where they will be located. Because you have a range of options to choose from, installation may vary with each project. Still, you’ll need to ensure that you have the correct tools and equipment required for the job. You need to go into this project with a detailed, step-by-step plan of action so that your spotlights are installed correctly and efficiently.
That being said, spotlight installation can be complicated. It is best to seek help from the Fairfield County Electrical Professionals so that you can avoid any missteps.
Call Santella Electric for Spotlight Installation!
Ready to move forward with installing your spotlights? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Santella Electric is here to help with all your landscape electrical needs. All of our electricians are marked by their expertise and excellent customer service. They are more than qualified to handle your spotlight installation. You can count on us to get the job done right. Contact Santella Electric today for spotlight installation around your home!