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.
All this lighting does is distract the viewer from looking at the house.
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.
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.