You knew it would come. It did. Your teenagers are going out at night. Whether they’re going out with friends for ice cream or heading out on a date to see the newest movie, you will spend most of the time worrying. Will they get there safely? Will they get home safely? One thing you may not have thought of is how outdoor lighting plays an important role on their safety from driveway to door.
During the day, the idea of teenage drivers backing out your driveway may cause concerns about the well being of your driveway landscaping. Those concerns will be different with night driving and other nighttime travel. Perhaps your driveway is short and straight. Or, maybe it’s long and winding or even near a hill or drop off. You want your teen drivers to have no problem safely navigating the driveway. What if they’re picked up by friends who let them out at the top of the driveway? In that case, you want to make sure the driveway is well illuminated for sure footing but also to provide your child with a safe feeling by having ample lighting in that area.
The exterior lights
With your general exterior lighting, it’s important to think about two things. First, you’ll want to think about how your children and guests will find their way around the home’s exterior at night. Do you use the garage entrance or perhaps a back entrance? In that case, it’s important to light that area as well. The last thing you want is to have your child fumbling with keys trying to get in and not be able to successfully navigate that task because the entrance lighting is not adequate. St Louis exterior lighting is also important for security reasons. Hopefully this is never a concern. But, if an intruder is roaming around on your property, you want to make sure that there are no dark areas where your children and guests will move around at night. Intruders will gravitate to dark areas where they can’t be seen.
At the threshold is the third most important part of safety and security outdoor lighting. This can serve two benefits. First, anyone coming and going will be able to safely enter and leave through that door. But, there may be an unsuspected benefit of doorway lighting. Perhaps your daughter has just been walked to the door by her date. You are waiting for the door to open so you can hear all about it. As minutes go by and the door doesn’t open, you can peek outside and have a well lit area to make sure it’s just an innocent sweet goodbye:)
Now is the best time to call for safety and security outdoor lighting. Whether you’re taking precautions for your children, your guests, or the other members of your family, make sure to light the area from driveway to door. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis at (636) 561-1818 or JimSchwartz@OutdoorLights.com.