Exterior pot lights or recessed lights is a great way to enhance any house. Whether your house is big or small, new or old…installing pot lights is an easy and cost-effective way to enhance the architecture of your home while providing illumination for safety and security.
Exterior recessed lighting or pot lights are usually installed in the soffit, under your roofs overhang. While the overhang offers significant protection from water and wind, you should still select a pot light design for exterior applications.
As you will find, there is a wide range of pot light options available, so selecting the right one for your home is not as easy as you may think. A local professional lighting or electrical supply retailer will be able to help you select the pot lights that are just right for your home.
While installing pot lights may seem simple enough, it is best to have a local professional electrician install them. Electrical work is not something to take lightly. A qualified professional will ensure they are installed and connect properly, as well as advise you on the best locations for lights. I am certain your insurance company would agree.
Your exterior pot lighting can also fairly easily be connected to smart home technology giving your remote control and programming. For more information on this, check out our article titled, Smart-Lighting: Convenience, Control and Energy Efficiency.
6 Ways Installing Exterior Pot Lights Will Enhance Your home:
1. “Welcome to our home”:
Installing exterior pot lights will illuminate the exterior of your home making it warmer and more inviting to visitors and people passing by. Just like Christmas lights welcome visitors during the holiday season, pot lights welcome your visitors every day.
2. Increase Your Home’s Security:
A well-lit home is one of the best ways to deter would-be burglars from seeing your home as an easy target. Pot lights can be strategically located over or near windows and doors making it harder to be inconspicuous. Motion detectors can be installed in key locations enhancing your home security even when the lights are turned off.
Many insurance companies offer discounts for safety upgrade to your home, so it is worth a call to your insurance broker.
3. Adds Value to Your Home:
Enhancing your homes exterior lighting with pot lights will make it look bigger and stand out from the other houses, returning your investment many times over when you go to sell.
4. Makes Your House look newer:
Exterior pot lights are becoming a standard feature in most new subdivisions. Thus, people are now automatically assuming a house with exterior pot lights in a newer home. So, just like hiding your grey hair will make you look and feel younger, adding exterior pot lights will make your house look and feel newer.
5. Conserve Energy:
The new LED pot lights use significantly less energy and release significantly less heat than incandescent or halogen pot lights. They also use significantly less energy than the traditional exterior carriage lights typically installed outside your front door and over the garage doors. In fact, you can install a significant number of LED pot lights and still use a lot less energy.
Reduce Insects getting in your home:
Flying insects like mosquitoes are attracted to lights. Traditional lights located right beside your front door attracts insects to your front door, allowing quick and easy access every time your door opens. Exterior pot lights will allow you to effectively illuminate your home without lighting up your front door drawing the insects away from the from door.
For more ideas and information about outdoor lighting, check out our article titled: Outdoor Lighting for Landscape Projects.