Driving down the road, it’s easy to see all of the “ideas” others have when it comes to their homes and their curb decoration. While some are great ideas and some aren’t so much, there is one idea that can never be improved: lighting your driveway.
Illuminating your driveway adds a certain amount of safety and security for you and your family, but also says a lot about who you are as a person.
Driveway lighting doesn’t necessarily mean installing bright spotlights in front of your home or business (although you could do this if you wanted).
Today we’ll look at many different types of light setups for both indoor and outdoor spaces to give you the best driveway lighting design ideas; from commercial businesses to private residences.
Lighting your driveway correctly will not only make it safer, but will add a certain amount of class and sophistication to your home or business.
How Many Driveway Lights Do I Need?
There is no “correct” number of driveway lights; however, we recommend installing at least one per 25ft (the length of most cars). For added security, you should install more than the minimum recommendations – especially if it’s dark outside and there aren’t many streetlights in your area.
If you want to illuminate both sides of your driveway, that will require double the recommended number; so 4 lights is ideal per side (two on each side). Keep in mind that dimmer lights actually provide a wider area of light, so if you can’t afford to install brighter lights, opt for a dimmable option.
Not only do the number of lights matter, but where they are placed is also important. It’s best to place lights at the beginning and end of your driveway as well as any corners or curves.
In addition, if you have neighbors with driveways that open into yours – especially those who live behind you – it would be wise to install some type of lighting in those locations as well. Anywhere an unwanted car could park will benefit from installing driveway lights!
In fact, there are times when having too many lights isn’t ideal: Some homes and businesses may want fewer lamps than usual on their property and sometimes lighting certain areas can be a nuisance.
Manufacturers have recognized this and created different options of wattage, so you’re sure to find the best lighting for your home or business no matter what!
What color to choose for driveways lights
When it comes to lighting outdoors, color is also important: You want to choose a type of light that isn’t going to reflect onto your home. For instance, if you install bright yellow lights all over your property, every time someone drives by they’re going to see a yellow glow from your house as well as from surrounding homes.
In addition, those same yellow lights will really stand out at night – not exactly the white color that most people are looking for!
In fact, with any outdoor lighting especially, it’s best to use a clear light. The same goes for when you drive at night: You want to see clearly in front of you so your eyes don’t have to adjust from bright lights and dim ones.
That’s part of the reason red tail-lights were created because they emit a softer glow, so your pupils aren’t forced to constrict as much. And depending on where you live, using a blue or yellow bulb for your headlights can also help drivers see more easily during certain times of the year (when the sun sets later or earlier).
In addition, some white lights are smaller than others which allows them to shine brighter and potentially illuminate even better than the bigger models! This is just another thing that you’ll have to decide on when buying your own driveway lighting system.
What are the different systems of lighting for driveways?
Lastly, you’ll have to think about what type of equipment you want for your home or business. You can go with something incredibly sophisticated that’s professionally installed, but the price will definitely show it!
There are also different styles of lights out there, so you can choose one that compliments your existing décor instead of looking like an eyesore. We’ll look at some examples below:
Spotlights are great for lighting up front porches or doorways – especially if they’re right in front of a wall where the light won’t be reflected back into the house.
For best results so people can see them from long distances though (and not just when they’re right in front of them), make sure they can be seen from the road.
The cheapest and easiest method (although not very bright) is to use Solar Lights: They require no wiring whatsoever which means no installation costs, plus they don’t need any batteries either!
That’s because the panels collect energy during the day by way of solar power and then emit a soft glow throughout the night. They’re ideal for illuminating walkways or common areas.
Of course if you want something that is more professional looking – especially if you have landscaping around your property – landscaping lights are most recommended. These come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so you can choose one that fits perfectly into your yard design while still being effective at lighting your driveway.
Do I need professional help with installing lights in my driveway?
Whether or not you need help installing your new driveway lights depends on the style of lighting you go with. If the set requires an electrical hookup which means using wiring, then it’s probably best to hire a professional who knows exactly what they’re doing.
However, if your new lights are solar powered or require no installation at all (just placing them in certain areas), then you can probably do it yourself!
Just make sure to step back once everything is turned on and see how bright each lamp shines – sometimes these smaller lamps can actually shine brighter than expected which will reflect onto your home!
Overall, having good lighting around your house or business isn’t just for safety reasons but also adds another level of sophistication that will surely benefit your reputation.