Appearance and Installation Process
Solar lighting is often a first choice for homeowners who love to DIY because of its ease of installation. In most cases, solar lights require little to no wiring or complicated steps – just choose your fixtures, drill a starter hole, stake them into the ground, and you’re done.
The drawback to DIY landscape lighting is that you don’t get the benefit of input or assistance from a lighting professional. When done well, exterior lighting can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal, security, and outdoor living spaces. When done poorly, though, it can cast uneven or unsightly shadows on your home’s architecture, create interior glare from incorrectly placed or angled lights, and even reduce security by creating shadowy areas that security cameras can’t view.
Solar fixtures also need to be placed in highly visible areas to ensure they receive enough sunlight to function. Dust, dirt, and changing landscaping (vines, overhanging leaves, growing flowers) can obscure the sun and reduce a solar light’s output. Similarly, a run of cloudy, foggy, or rainy days can leave you without exterior lighting just when you need it the most.
Professional outdoor lighting installers are trained to avoid all of these issues. Not only will they handle the installation process from start to finish; they’ll also offer expert advice on which types of lights to choose and where to place them in order to enhance your home’s existing beauty and create attractive, functional outdoor living areas.
Some firms will even go above and beyond, as with Frisella Outdoor Lighting’s free custom lighting demonstration. This allows homeowners to see exactly what they’ll get with their lighting installation, and make changes during the design process so that it perfectly suits their style and exterior lighting needs.