Spring’s arrival in Southeast Michigan means J&S Landscaping is already busy. Our schedule is already filling up, and we’re not just talking about work! The employees and staff at J&S Landscaping are eagerly anticipating cookouts, swim parties, and annual celebrations such as Memorial Day and the 4th of July.  We love our family and friends as much as our clients do!

When the weather is warm, there’s no better way to enjoy time with the people we love the most, than by hanging out around the BBQ grill or fire pit, chatting, playing ball with the kids, or taking a dip in the lake or pool. It’s an excellent way to take a break from the demands of daily life. And if you’re anything like us, you’re not ready for the fun to be over at nightfall.

The good news is, you can keep the party going until long after dark with the addition of a few lights. Installing outdoor lights in the right locations allows you to make the most of your outdoor living area even after dark.

When our landscaping architects meet with prospective clients, they emphasize the benefits of including lighting in their outdoor living spaces, patios, or fire pits. Add lighting to your list of must-haves for outdoor activities based on these top five reasons.

More Lighting means More Fun!

Select the scenario that interests you the most: 1) Enjoying the company of family and friends in your backyard at twilight. Or 2) It’s early evening and you’re savoring some alone time, with your feet up on the seating wall and the cool evening air around you. As the first stars emerge, the sun’s presence diminishes to a few pale, pink beams against fading horizon.

Whether it’s one scenario or the other, you’re having fun and not ready to call it a day. But when there is no outdoor lighting, waiting too long results in sitting in near total darkness. Most likely, if you have guests, they will begin discussing going home. And honestly, who could blame them?

The good news is, by adding the appropriate outdoor lighting, you can continue to enjoy your well-deserved good time. And so can your family and friends.

What does the appropriate outdoor lighting look like? We’re glad you asked. Retaining walls, water features, fire pits, walkways, and patios are just some of the outdoor spaces where J&S Landscaping installs LED cap lighting. Unlike flood lights, cap lighting focuses on illuminating the ground and walkways, rather than everything else. They create a gentle ambiance that adds to your enjoyment without obstructing your ability to see the stars.

Safety and outdoor lights

Regardless of your age, falling down is no fun. Not only is it embarrassing and painful, but it can also be dangerous. Your day can be ruined by a crack in a sidewalk, a hose across a path, or a misplaced child’s toy (walking casts are never enjoyable). Studies indicate that the majority of hospital visits are due to injuries sustained at home. The number one cause is attributed to falling down. It’s not only damaging to your ego but also to your physical well-being, and if it occurs to a visitor, it also affects your homeowner’s insurance.

Even without a hospital visit, it can still ruin the vibe of the gathering.

We believe that one of the key advantages of installing lighting in your yard and outdoor living areas is to prevent accidents.

No Such Thing as Too Much Security

Enhancing your outdoor living spaces with lighting not only prevents accidents but also acts as a deterrent against potential thieves. Adding motion-sensitive lights to your LED lighting setup improves your overall home security. Even better? If you have professionally installed lighting, some insurance companies offer credits, especially if you also have a security system.

Here is a great article on the best ways to use outdoor lights as a security measure.

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More Curb Appeal

Curb appeal refers to how appealing a house or property looks from the sidewalk to someone considering buying it. People may not immediately understand the reason for their attraction to the home. All they know is that they are inexplicably pulled towards it. Think of it as generating a favorable first impression with the added advantage of raising its monetary value.

The correct lighting can have a significant impact on this. How does this work? Good question.

It’s safe to say that we all have a soft spot for Christmas lights, right? Do you ever wonder about the reason? They fill us with hope and bring smiles to our faces. Many of us keep our lights up long after the holidays for a reason. Not all of it can be attributed to laziness. We’re not quite ready to say goodbye to that feeling just yet.

However, it’s common knowledge that those lights aren’t intended for year-round use. With time, their placement becomes affected by weather and burnt-out bulbs, detracting from the overall appearance of our home. Ultimately, their appearance is messy and incongruous.

With permanent LED outdoor lights, you can preserve the atmosphere effortlessly, without the need for installation or removal. Achieve a cozy and inviting atmosphere with the installation of professionally placed soft exterior lights. Moreover, it’s a permanent situation.

Lighting is a Cost Effective Solution

You probably know that enhancing your home with an outdoor kitchen or a new walkway will boost its value. However, don’t underestimate the power of little changes. New gutters, exterior lights, and well-kept plants and trees can contribute to your home’s value.

J&S Landscaping specializes in affordable, long-lasting low-voltage LED lights that won’t increase your electricity costs, making them a budget-friendly choice for any home renovation.

Ready to Talk Adding Outdoor Lighting to Your Home?

J&S Landscaping is eager to discuss the advantages of adding lighting to your home and landscape. There is no downside to this feature if it’s done right, and we don’t do things any other way.

We are a locally owned one-stop, full-service landscaping company. From lawn care, to snow removal, to power washing, to building beautiful outdoor living spaces—including lights—if it has anything to do with your enjoyment of the exterior of your home, we probably do it.

In addition to Walled Lake, we serve West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, Brighton, Commerce Township, Novi, Wixom, White Lake, Wolverton Lake, and immediate, outlying areas.

J&S Landscaping provides a variety of other services that include snow removalpower washing, and hardscaping. Our contracts can include those services if you’re interested in employing us to them for you regularly.

We are certified by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute to install paver patios & walkways, brick paver driveways, retaining walls and more. We are an authorized contractor for Belgard and we’re so confident of our work that we certify our installations for two years. All of our crews are carefully trained, certified, and bonded.

Call today to learn more about what our company can do for you!