Installing outdoor lighting for your new house can be one of the most effective ways to increase curb appeal and property value, provide additional security, and include a dash of your own personality to help make a great first impression on visitors. Outdoor lights can add warmth, safety, and style, but how do you know what type of light to use and where to put them to get the most out of your investment? When planning outdoor lighting for a new house, your biggest considerations should be purpose and location.

Adding Style to your New House

If your primary concern is making the outside of your home warmer or more stylish, you should first decide if there are particular features that you want to highlight. For instance, a particularly ornate front door, beautiful trees, an outdoor gathering place like a fire pit, architectural elements like bay windows or a garden fountain are all great examples of areas of your house that you might want to focus attention on. One easy way to add ambiance is to use warm light on these areas. 

Increasing Security on your Property

On the other hand, if you’re more concerned about utility and safety, using cool light is the way to go. Brighter, white lights should be used to illuminate uneven walkways, steps, or driveways to ensure that visitors can safely navigate your property. Cool light will also make it easier for you to see your property and will discourage burglars. When using bright lights, though, it is important to make sure they’re not too bright, which can annoy neighbors, and not pointed directly at windows or doors, which can create a glare and make it more difficult for you to see outside.


Once you’ve decided what type of lighting you want, the next thing to think about is where exactly you want lighting outside your home. Some of the best locations to consider additional lighting include:

  • Walkways and paths
  • Swimming pools
  • Trees, shrubs, gardens, and landscaping
  • Decks, patios, porches, or outdoor gathering areas

Get a Free Consultation

Professionally designed and installed outdoor lighting for your new house is a great investment that will add value and truly make your home unique. At Houston Lightscapes, we bring over 30 years of experience in the landscape lighting industry to work with you, giving life to your design and ideas. We would love to help you transform your new house, no matter how big or small the property.

Not only can we guide you through the process of determining the best type of lighting, the appropriate brightness, and the perfect locations to highlight your chosen features, we also provide maintenance options to ensure the safety and functionality of your new lighting system for years to come. If you are interested in learning more about what we can do for you, we are proud to offer a free, no-obligation consultation.

During this free consultation, we walk your property with you, learning about your vision and discussing your options. We then give you a detailed, customized proposal. It’s that simple. Give us a call at (713) 461-3600 to set up your free consultation. We can’t wait to work with you.

The team at Houston Lightscapes takes pride in their many years of experience in the landscape lighting industry. They've been serving the greater Houston area for over 30 years bringing innovation and elegance to their designs. Learn more about Houston Lightscapes here.