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It's that time of year where the sun is rising later in the morning and setting sooner at night. Thus, you are turning on your home's lights earlier, and having to snuggle underneath the covers at night with the colder nights. You may also be arriving home from work or from running the kids around, and it's dark outside. If you don't have the best outdoor lighting, you could be struggling to unload your belongings and get inside your toasty Dallas/Fort Worth home.

Prewitt Electrical offers the best residential and commercial electrical services in the Richland Hills area, including in Weatherford, Southlake, and Colleyville. Our licensed electricians have over 20 years of experience in helping homeowners and business owners with their electrical needs, from rewiring their home to installing electrical outlets and ceiling fans in your commercial space. Our mission is to ensure the safety of your family and employees by ensuring your electrical writing is in good order. Below, we'll offer up outdoor lighting tips so you can see your home at night. Contact our electrical company to get started today!


Use the Three Basic Types of Lighting

For lighting connaisseurs, there are three types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient lighting usually sets the mood. Task lighting is for performing certain tasks. And accent lighting is for highlighting features or elements either in your home or outside. You'll want to use a variety in order to achieve a great lighting effect outside your home. For example, you may want to use task lighting around your front porch and garage so you can see easily to get inside your home and for security purposes. However, you'll want to use accent lighting, such as spotlights, to highlight your trees for example.

Plan Ahead

You'll want to have a good idea of what you're looking for before you show up to the local lighting store. Prewitt Electrical recommends that you may want to take measurements of the areas you want lighting so you don't space them too close or too far away. You'll want to know what landscaping elements you do want to highlight and what kind of ambient lighting you'll want around your hot tub or deck. There are many choices in outdoor lighting, so having a good idea of what you want will help you narrow down your search.

Look from the Inside Out

By looking out your window when you are inside your home at night you'll be able to get a better idea of where lighting is lacking. If there are dark spots where burglars can hide, you might want to add a motion sensing light. If your footpath to your backyard is not well lit, you'll want to invest in more pathway lighting. And if your favorite landscaping element in your yard, such as a water fountain, is not lit, consider highlighting this at night as well. Lighting will give your outdoor living space a new life, and you'll be eager to spend more time there when you have the lighting.

Invest in LED Lights

If you remember from when you were a kid, it seems like you were changing out light bulbs all the time. LED lights are not only more energy-efficient, saving you money, but they are extremely long-lasting, meaning you wouldn't have to hassle with changing out the light bulbs all that often. If you want even longer-lasting lights, Prewitt Electrical recommends that you consider solar lights, especially for your pathway lighting. These will last a lifetime and are even more energy-efficient than LED lights, drawing their power from the sun every day to shine bright at night.


Outdoor lighting is not only great to have for safety and security, but it also makes spending time outdoors at night easy and fun. They can set the mood, and you can have a great time entertaining your guests comfortably. It also enables you to use your outdoor living space for longer.

Prewitt Electrical offers the best residential and commercial electrical services in Richland Hills. If you are interested in installing outdoor lighting for your home or business, give our local electricians a call today!