October is here, and fall is upon us in Wilmington. The kids are busy picking out Halloween costumes while dreaming of candy, dusk comes earlier and earlier, and in the morning, there’s a little nip in the air. Did you know that October is also National Outdoor Lighting Month? This month is the last month of daylight savings, and we now have fewer waking hours with the sun shining. Because of both, our homes and outdoor spaces are spending more time in the dark. National Outdoor Lighting Month helps bring awareness to how outdoor lighting can impact the safety and security of your home, as well as enhance your lifestyle. As the Port City’s premier outdoor lighting company, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington supports this event.
Believe it or not, outdoor lighting does impact safety. After dark, visibility decreases, and normal property features that are quite benign in daylight can become hazards. Steps on the deck or on a dock or pier have the potential for causing trips or falls. Or perhaps, a child leaves a toy lying in a path, or you forgot to put up the rake. In the absence of outdoor lighting, any of these could mean a trip to the emergency room or, at least, a day on ibuprofen. But under the illumination of path, step, or deck lighting, such trip hazards are easily avoided.
If you own property, home invasion and vandalism are an ever-present concern, and unfortunately, every city and community harbors some unsavory characters with bad intentions, even if they are just passing through. It’s important to protect your investment in your property. Did you know invaders are much more likely to strike a property that is dark? This is because shadows make it easier for them to avoid detection. Adding architecture and landscape lighting minimizes the places such delinquents can hide.
As the nights get longer, we all want to savor the time we have outdoors before winter sets in, especially since the weather now is so crisp and refreshing. But darkness will drive us inside without proper lighting. If outdoor lighting illuminates your outdoor spaces, you, your family, and guests can enjoy your deck, patio, or garden during any hour. Outdoor lighting also enhances the elegance of your property, giving it a dramatic flair. Your curb appeal will increase, and your neighbors and any who pass by will stop and look.
With daylight time diminishing and all the benefits outdoor lighting brings, perhaps it’s time to seriously consider adding it to your home. Check out the National Outdoor Lighting Month website and get a free guide to help you choose an outdoor lighting professional. Then, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington. We can demo a lighting scheme at your property so you can see first hand the difference it makes. What better way to celebrate National Outdoor Lighting Month?
William Koon, Owner