Outdoor Lighting

Setting the Mood

Updating the outside lighting system around a home is about more than just aesthetics, it can increase safety for the family. "In Minnesota we have a lot more darker than lighter hours," said Marcia Von Wald, lighting specialist with Bright Ideas of Rochester. "Lighting up to and around the house is important for security reasons."

VonWald said that while outdoor lighting options don't change much from year to year, the quantity of people using them does. "Mood lighting is seeing a resurgence," she explained. "You put lights up in a tree to shine down on the yard. It sets a great mood."

Expanding the lighting around a house can be a matter of hours (installing low-voltage lighting requires a simple, shallow burying of the cables), through months to thoroughly plan and design your outdoor lighting in conjunction with landscaping.

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