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Despite what you may hear, new home construction is on the rise. 

Everywhere you look in Walker, Denham Springs, and Livingston Parish, new subdivisions are coming up. 

While your home may be completed when you move in, there’s still some personalization to be done.

In this post, we’ll explain how you can save money and conserve energy by using pathway lighting.

 

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What is pathway lighting?

 

Pathway lighting (landscape lighting) is one of the easiest, cost effective ways to increase your home’s curb appeal. 

With a relatively small investment, you can change the entire look of your yard or garden.

Some of the benefits of adding outdoor accent lighting are:

  • Improved ambiance, perfect for setting a mood while entertaining friends and family.

     

  • Increased security by illuminating dark places around your home and deterring thieves.

     

  • Better safety – walkway lighting illuminates walkways, outdoor paths, and steps.

     

  • Increased curb appeal to make your home stand out from the rest by enhancing your home’s architecture and landscaping at night.

 

 

So now you may be asking, “Is it possible to enjoy all of these benefits without noticeably increasing my electricity bill?” 

The answer is yes. All you have to do is find energy efficient pathway lighting.

Types of Outdoor and Pathway Lighting

Energy efficient outdoor lighting fixtures come in many varieties.  

Be sure to look for Energy Star-labeled versions of your chosen styles including:

  • Wall-mounted lanterns and sconces: Flank your front entry or garage doors with wall lighting and increase your home’s curb appeal.

    Additionally, place one strategic light above the address mounted on the front of your house so that, in the event of an emergency, first responders can locate your address in the dark. (While not a requirement in Livingston Parish, this is actually a requirement in some cities.

  • Ceiling fixtures: Install these in porch overhangs for permanent lighting at your front or back entry.

  • Hanging pendant lights: These are typically installed on your porch to enhance curb appeal.

  • Spotlights, floodlights and well lights: Show off your trees, fountains, architectural columns and other features at night.


Spotlights illuminate one spot brightly, floodlights have a more diffused beam, and well lights are buried in the ground and shine directly upward to brighten a tree’s foliage.

They’re easy to install, and you can get an entire light system at your local home improvement store.

  • Post lanterns: Make a dramatic statement with tall stainless steel post lanterns at the end of a walkway close to the street. You can also use posts to illuminate your pool, patio or backyard area for entertaining purposes.  Couple these posts with led landscape lights for an awesome look!

  • Pathway lanterns: Light up walkways and garden beds with cast aluminum lanterns set close to the ground.  Install an led path light nearby and really set it off!

  • Step lights: These are typically installed on the rise of a step, shining downward to make the step easy to see without creating glare.

Types of Outdoor and Pathway Lighting

Energy efficient outdoor lighting fixtures come in many varieties.  

Be sure to look for Energy Star-labeled versions of your chosen styles including:

  • Wall-mounted lanterns and sconces: Flank your front entry or garage doors with wall lighting and increase your home’s curb appeal.

    Additionally, place one strategic light above the address mounted on the front of your house so that, in the event of an emergency, first responders can locate your address in the dark. (While not a requirement in Livingston Parish, this is actually a requirement in some cities.

  • Ceiling fixtures: Install these in porch overhangs for permanent lighting at your front or back entry.

  • Hanging pendant lights: These are typically installed on your porch to enhance curb appeal.

  • Spotlights, floodlights and well lights: Show off your trees, fountains, architectural columns and other features at night.

Spotlights illuminate one spot brightly, floodlights have a more diffused beam, and well lights are buried in the ground and shine directly upward to brighten a tree’s foliage. 

They’re easy to install, and you can get an entire light system at your local home improvement store.

  • Post lanterns: Make a dramatic statement with tall stainless steel post lanterns at the end of a walkway close to the street.

You can also use posts to illuminate your pool, patio or backyard area for entertaining purposes.  Couple these posts with led landscape lights for an awesome look!

  • Pathway lanterns: Light up walkways and garden beds with cast aluminum lanterns set close to the ground.  Install an led path light nearby and really set it off!

  • Step lights: These are typically installed on the rise of a step, shining downward to make the step easy to see without creating glare.
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Energy Efficient Features

To enjoy great beauty and other benefits of outdoor lights without paying much more on your energy bill, look for outdoor fixtures with these features:

  • Automatic daylight shutoff: Light sensing controls automatically turn off the fixtures at dawn. This feature enables you to save energy without having to set your alarm early to manually turn off the lights when the sun comes up.

  • Timers: The next best thing to an automatic shutoff is a timer. Set it so the lights are only on when it’s dark out.

  • Motion sensors: If you intend to install some lights purely for security purposes, motion sensors are a great option. Most of the time they remain off, adding nothing to your electricity bill. If someone approaches your back door or driveway (or wherever else you choose to install the motion sensor light), the fixture comes to life and illuminates the intruder, scaring them off.

  • LED bulbs: LED lights are praised for their low energy consumption, impressive durability and high performance in cold environments. You can use these bulbs in exposed fixtures without fearing problems with our famous South Louisiana rainy seasons.

  • Dimming capabilities: This allows you to place outdoor lighting above a seating area at the precise brightness you need. When relaxing with a glass of wine, dim the lights for a more private, romantic setting. When you have friends over for a crawfish boil, brighten the lights so everyone can see well.

  • Solar-powered lighting: These lights contribute nothing to your electric bills because they draw energy from the sun all day, giving them enough stored power to stay illuminated all night.

We Can Help!

Whether you decide to get a lighting kit, or illuminate your walkways one landscape path light at a time, you can increase the curb appeal of your home.  For help brightening up your yard with energy efficient outdoor lighting, please contact Owens Electrical Contractors for your electrical needs.

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