Have you ever arrived at someone’s house only to discover their driveway is so dark you actually had problems navigating down it? If you are unable to see the road, or driveway in this case, in front of you, you will likely be concerned about running into or hitting something on the property and be worried about if you are going the right way. Now, think about your home’s driveway. Would visitors have any problems at night?

There are several reasons to light your driveway. The main and most appealing ones are to provide security and safety for visitors and to add curb appeal to your property. Much like lighting paths and walkways for safety purposes, the same concept applies to lighting your driveway. The light will serve as a guide for navigation while creating a welcoming and warm ambiance. When installed properly, driveway lighting will also work to provide your home with a “WOW” factor, helping to leave a great first impression on visitors.

Three methods to add lighting to your driveway are found here.

Down-Lighting

If there are big trees down your driveway, then down lighting is the ideal option to create a soft and unique atmosphere with very little pre-planning needed. When a new home is being constructed, you can easily determine the placement of trees down the driveway. A professional landscape lighting contractor will know how to properly place these fixtures to create the optimal level of lighting.

Based on the total number of trees present and the way the driveway winds and curves, using well lights or bollards may be necessary, in addition to down-lighting. By using several types of light sources, you can balance the light to create a driveway that is evenly lit.

Bollards

A bollard is stately, sturdy and solid. They offer a soft level of light around your driveway and make great markers for defining the edge. You need to create a lighting design that ensures the bollards are spaced proportionately. By alternating sides, you can achieve the ideal level of light and avoid creating an unattractive runway effect.

Based on the bollard placement and design, it may be necessary to use “sleeving,” which is when you create a path for the wire beneath the concrete. If you have a new home being constructed, planning this ahead of time will save you quite a bit of money and time.

Up-Lighting

The bollard style of lighting will stand taller, holding the source of light above the ground and up-lights will be found closer to the ground. For those who want fixtures that are not as noticeable, then up-lights are going to be the best option. If you have mature trees near the driveway, up-lights can help to define the edges of the driveway and add some ambient light.

Regardless of the type of driveway lighting you choose, you will want to have them installed to clearly highlight any possible obstacles down the driveway. Also, providing adequate lighting to the entrance of your driveway will make finding it much easier, as well as safer.