A well-designed driveway plays a focal role in the image of your property to create a stunning first impression to add to the value and character of your home.
Driveway lighting can give that icing on the cake for impact to visitors.
But also to help provide a safe and welcoming entrance to your home.
A common mistake is over-lighting a driveway and ending up with a runway-like effect. Instead, just enough landscape lighting should be used to guide drivers safely along.
Lighting should be placed along a driveway wherever there are close obstacles or changes of direction. Obstacles may include trees, walls, fences, boulders, or a hillside.
Lights are also very important at the entrance to a driveway and the destination, which is typically the front door or garage. Properly illuminating a driveway's entrance provides a visual clue at night to drivers, while properly illuminating the destination makes parking and exiting a vehicle safer.
Electrical lighting provides brighter and more guaranteed illumination, and is more durable.
Solar is cheaper and eco-friendly.
If you choose fixtures powered by electricity then you'll need to have wiring run along your driveway by an electrician or outdoor lighting specialist.
There are many different fixture types and outdoor lighting effects that can be used to light a driveway.
A decorative lamppost or two at the entrance is a popular choice.
A similar option is to have an entry pier built out of brick or stone on both sides of the driveway and then top them with large outdoor lanterns. Entry piers can also serve double duty as a mailbox and address marker.
If you have a long, curving driveway consider lining the edges with path lights. This will help visiting drivers see the route that lies ahead of them. In order to avoid the runway effect, path lights should be placed every ten to fifteen feet on alternating sides of the driveway.
Additionally, you may choose to highlight features or plants along your driveway. Often a few up-lights in trees or shrubs that line the driveway provide the perfect amount of light. Finally, exterior wall lanterns can be installed next to your garage doors, this will help illuminate the parking area of your driveway.