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Landscape Logic: You can light up your night

Becky Garber
Daily Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

There’s nothing like the time change to make us aware of the dark.

In November, the long winter of shortened days and chilly nights stretches endlessly in front of us. We can’t do much to take the chill off the night – but we can sure brighten it up and make it more interesting. After all, we’ll be looking at it for how many more months?

The time change does give us many early-evening opportunities to check out the darkness around our homes. Here’s a checklist of what to look for:

• Are sidewalks and steps well-lit for evening guests? So often, we enter and exit our homes via the garage and forget to check the path that brings guests to the front door. With icy months ahead, steps and walks should have good lighting for both safety and liability reasons.

• What about your address? Can people see it clearly from the street? Is it visible on the mailbox – or obscured by shadows?

• Could your yard come alive in the winter night if the dramatic shapes of trees without their leaves were silhouetted or ornamental grasses could shimmer in soft light?

• Would your home be more secure if lights were strategically placed around it? Law enforcement experts have long maintained that light deters break-ins.

• Will your home be going on the market soon? Did you know that outdoor lighting is one of the top items for curb appeal when selling a home?

Security, safety and ambiance are all good reasons to bring outdoor lighting into your landscape. Here are more things to consider:

• Outdoor lighting is a simple retrofit to existing yards. Installing low-voltage landscape lighting can be done easily in existing landscapes. And if you are looking to install a new landscape or renovate an existing one, it will be somewhat more cost-effective to do the work along with other installation.

• It can be done easily during the winter months as long as the ground is not frozen. That means if it’s installed early in the winter, there’s immediate gratification and enjoyment for your efforts all winter long.

• It’s a sustainable option. Landscape lighting takes advantage of new LED technology and uses as much as 80 percent less energy than traditional lighting. This means lower energy costs and the satisfaction of knowing you’re going even greener in your landscape.

Tonight, when you get home from work or you’re about to sit down for dinner, look over your landscape and imagine what a little light could do.

Becky Garber is member of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, of which Neils Lunceford, a landscaping company, is a member. You may contact them at 970- 409-8945.

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