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Outdoor Lighting to Make Your Summer Shine


Summer is a time for tasty barbeques, long days by the pool and late-night fun. Don't let the sun decide when the party's over. Besides, outdoor lighting has more benefits than just brightening up your backyard. Take a look at some positive aspects of outdoor lighting:

Added Functionality

If you find yourself retreating inside as soon as the sun goes down, then outdoor lighting could be a great investment. There are many different types of lighting that can help improve the functionality of your outdoor spaces and allow you to spend more time relaxing outdoors. For example, trim lighting on the edges and banisters of your deck allows the space to be used safely and comfortably at any hour. Flood lights are also a fantastic option for post-dusk ball games in large backyards. There are even lights specifically made to illuminate your grilling station, making food prep a breeze.

Heightened Security

Shadows and dark spaces are ideal for potential intruders, so using outdoor lighting in those at-risk areas can reduce the likelihood of break-ins. Lights should be placed at all entry points and windows to deter would-be burglars. If you're unsure about which areas could use light, simply walk the perimeter of your home to find spots that lack illumination. Additional outdoor lighting can also decrease falling hazards. For example, porch steps and pools are common obstacles that can be dangerous if not properly lit. Adding small lights to the base or railing of stairs or at low-profile points around your pool is a great way to subtly light the area without drawing attention to the lighting itself.

Enhanced Appearance

Outdoor lighting offers you an opportunity to expand your personal style from inside to outside, while  also increasing the value of your home. If you're unsure of where to begin, an easy way to incorporate outdoor lighting is by placing low-profile lights along your driveway. This small change greatly increases curb appeal, especially if you're trying to sell your house. Ground lighting near your front foliage is also a simple way to showcase your landscaping even after the sun goes down. No matter how you choose to illuminate your exterior, outdoor lighting is sure to enhance the appearance of your home.

The professional electricians at David Gray Electrical can assist you in selecting and installing outdoor lighting. Call David Gray Electrical at (904) 605-8190 or visit our website at