Walkway lighting seems to be the rage for the average house these days.
Did you ever wonder why you see walkway lighting on an average house and not on a more well-to-do house?
Homeowners of more substantial homes use landscape lighting to highlight some of their landscaping and the house – never the walkway.
Using walkway lighting fixtures on the walkway or in the landscape is just a cheap way to copy the right way to do it.
Read on and we will show you what to get and what to stay away from to give your house the best curb appeal.
Never Use Walkway Lighting
Never ever use walkway lighting. The lights used for walkway lighting are similar to those in the photo above.
They produce indirect light.
All they do is make a house look cheap and tacky.
I have been driving all over the place and never have I seen a house with walkway lighting that looks good.
Walkway lighting is merely cheap clutter.
It is just a gimmick to get people to buy something. People are always looking for “stuff” they wrongly will believe will improve curb appeal.
All this lighting does is distract the viewer from looking at the house. It takes your eyes away from the entrance and makes you look at these lights. Why not get pink flamingos instead?
If you’re worried people will fall on your walkway then install a lamp-post but don’t even consider sticking these cheap looking lights into the ground along your walkway.
Also once it rains and the ground freezes and they will be crooked and look even more unsightly.
Please do not cheapen your house with this junk.
Do Use Landscape Lighting
I recommend landscape lighting. Landscape lighting can really add a nice warm touch to a house.
When doing landscape lighting the lights are spread evenly across your landscape and your house.
Different light fixtures are used and vary depending on their purpose.
Landscape lights are direct lighting. The light is directed onto plantings or architecture which creates a nice warm appearance. The goal is to see the effect of lighting not the light itself.
Landscape lighting must be done right to look good. It may be best to hire a professional to do this.
When using outdoor lighting always choose warm light. Some led lighting produces a cold blue light – never use them.
Read more about landscape lighting and how to do it for the best curb appeal.
Lighting Is Important to Have
All houses should have a light at the front door. This is the light you need to have that welcomes visitors by lighting up the entrance. Lighting up your walkway or plants is not the same thing. I see many dark houses that have their landscape lit up and think what is wrong with these people? It is just common sense that the priority should be a light at the front door. If you have a house from the 1950’s then a lamppost would be a nice addition – not substitution.