Humans are drawn towards light. We just can’t get enough of it: we choose bright lights for our office spaces, seek out homes with big windows and have an almost-instinctive aversion to walking down dark alleyways.
It’s only natural to want plenty of light for your home. But have you thought about how you’re lighting the outside of your house?
Why outdoor lighting is a bright idea
There are a variety of reasons why you should have a properly lit entryway and porch:
A well-lit porch and entryway is more than just something to look at – it can also make your home safer to live in!
Fumbling around in pitch darkness with your phone as the only light source, brushing against plants, and tripping over uneven ground… sound familiar? It’s not exactly safe!
On top of making it safe to venture into your front yard after dark, effective garden lighting can also be an effective deterrent to would-be thieves and burglars. Nothing scares a thief more than getting caught. Anything that increases that risk – an alarm system, yapping dog, or secure locks – is anathema to burglars.
And that includes light. Some studies suggest less crime occurs in areas with well-lit streets. It goes without saying that a well-lit exterior can have a similar effect!
Boost the “curb appeal” of your home
They call Paris the City of Light. That nickname comes from the 1800s, when Paris was one of the first cities in the world to illuminate its alleyways and boulevards with streetlights.
Funnily enough, that’s also roughly when it started becoming a major tourist destination. Coincidence?
Apart from providing a sense of safety and security to you and your home, adding outdoor lighting fixtures to your porch and entryway can also increase the value of your home.
It’s not hard to see why. Outdoor lighting makes for some fantastic entertainment spaces for when you have guests over for a late barbie and can make your home feel much more modern… not to mention, it just looks plain good!
When it comes to your porch and entryway lights, there are a lot of design and installation ideas that can increase how desirable your house is.
Outdoor lighting can also be used to accentuate your home’s landscaping and any fixture you have in your garden. You can also think about lining your pathways with lights to improve safety as well as aesthetic.
Choosing the right lights for the outdoors
The style of light you choose needs to fit the outside of your house, your porch and your needs. And there are certainly plenty of options out there!
The amount of choice homeowners have when it comes to outdoor lighting is dizzying. There are a lot of things to think about if you want to get the most effect from your outdoor lighting. Here are just some of the things to consider for your outdoor lighting plan:
Wall-mounted lighting fixtures like sconces and lanterns don’t just light up your outdoor area – they draw people’s eyes towards your house.
Whether you want your home to stand out from the crowd or just want to bring attention to that renovation job you’re so proud of, wall lighting is a perfect choice.
If your focus is on making your home feel inviting, naturally your focus is going to be on the front door.
And what better way to bring a bit of style to your front door by installing a hanging light?
Install lights that don’t just brighten up your front door, but also add a bit of class and sophistication to your porch.
Sometimes you don’t need all the bells and whistles. Sometimes, you just want a light that does its job, plain and simple.
In these cases, ceiling lights are a simple and straightforward way of brightening up your outdoor areas. This type of lighting is perfect for a no-frills porch and entryway, illuminating your outdoor area without breaking your bank.
Pathway lighting to line your driveway or the path to your porch is another effective way of illuminating your outdoor areas. This type of lighting is affordable and can be easily installed by a local domestic electrician.
Outdoor lighting is built for the long-run
Melbourne has a bit of a reputation for having… shall we say, unpredictable weather patterns. One moment it’s sunny and balmy, the next, it’s hailing! And your entryway and porch lights are completely exposed to all these elements.
While entryway and porch lights are generally covered, they’re still outdoors. It’s not enough for your outdoor lighting to look pretty – they need to be able to stand the test of time.
We recommend choose highly durable outdoor fixtures made of brass and aluminium as they are water and moisture resistant. Not only does it keep your light fixtures looking good, but it also protects the sensitive electrical wiring within!
Searching for a reliable domestic electrician around Malvern?
Victorian law is clear – under no circumstances should you be doing any electrical work on your own.
One of the first things anyone installing porch or entryway lighting needs to consider is getting help. If your plan involves electricity or wires in any capacity, call your local electrician.
Getting new fixtures such as wall lights installed can required completely new wiring. Even swapping out your existing porch light involves fiddling with wires. The law is clear: when it comes to electricity, you must not DIY.
As one of Melbourne’s premier domestic electricians, you can rely on us for all your outdoor lighting needs. At Briggs Electrical, we’re big fans of safety, professionalism and above all else, high-quality electrical work. It’s your home, after all… doesn’t it deserve the best?
Whether it’s for outdoor lighting or an electrical emergency, you can rely on our team. From Moorabbin to Malvern, our team of expert electricians are ready to turn your garden lighting dreams into reality!