Put on a Different Type of Light Show for the Fourth of July

Photo Credit: July 4, 2012 by m01229 via Flickr licensed under CC BY 2.0

by Lani Furbank

It feels like summer has just begun, yet the most iconic holiday of the season is already here! This weekend, people across the country will enjoy stunning fireworks shows to celebrate our great nation’s independence.

After all, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail on July 2, 1776 that future generations would celebrate our Independence Day with “Pomp and Parade… Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”

We couldn’t agree more! And while you’re enjoying the illuminations of fireworks, we also recommend a slightly different type of light show on your property: Landscape Lighting!

Landscape lighting is a stunning way to spruce up your home for a big celebration, like the Fourth of July! Those who already have landscape lighting installed on their property can enjoy their backyard amidst subtle but beautiful light while waiting for the fireworks to kick off.

It may be too late to install new lighting for this year’s Independence Day celebration, but it’s the perfect time to start planning landscape lights for other summer holidays, or for next year’s 4th of July!

If you’re ready to enjoy the backyard after the sun goes down, it’s time to consider outdoor lighting. Here are our top reasons why you should light up your yard for the Fourth of July and other summer celebrations.

1. Create a beautiful, inviting ambience.

Picture this: your guests are outside enjoying your backyard and the sun starts to set. Suddenly, you flip the switch, all the lights come on at once, and everyone oohs and aahs at your glowing property. We call it the ‘wow effect’ — lighting is perfect for outdoor entertaining or for your own personal enjoyment.

2. Let the fun continue after the sun goes down.

Even though the summer nights are longer, it still seems like the sun sets too early. With outdoor lighting, you don’t have to head inside right after the fireworks are over. You and your guests can sit outside and enjoy the night – and still see what’s going on!

3. Keep your guests safe.

Uneven pathways or patios can be hazardous to walk on when it’s pitch black outside. If you install path lights to illuminate the walkways around your property or dim driveways, you can make sure no one trips or twists an ankle when it gets dark. Patio lights have the added benefit of adding practical visibility and ambience, simultaneously.

4. Capture the feeling of a vacation without leaving home.

Can’t make it to the beach this summer? Not a problem. Outdoor lighting can create a luxurious and beach-y atmosphere, no matter where your house is located. Adding some up lights, path lights, and patio lights can turn your suburban yard into a backyard oasis! Top that off with some tiki torches, tropical cocktails, and beach umbrellas, and you’ve created your very own coastal ambience!

When we design backyard lighting for a property, we aim to create the exact environment which our client wants. We don’t want it to be so dark that you can’t see your cocktail glass, but we also don’t want you to feel like you’re squinting because the lights are so bright. We work with each homeowner to completely customize the design and ambience.

We want to help you achieve the perfect atmosphere for outdoor celebrations, like the Fourth of July, so contact Enlightened Lighting today to transform your backyard for your next event!

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