There are several ways to improve the curb appeal of your home. Mailbox lighting can help add some charm and is an affordable way to up your home’s appeal. Below are a few suggestions to get your started on your DIY mailbox lighting project.
The type of stand your mailbox uses will help determine a few things. For instance, if you have a standard wooden post, any lighting solution can be used to illuminate it. However, with a stone post, you may need to go a different route. For instance, a stone post requires lights on both sides, or maybe even all four sides depending on the thickness of the stand to receive adequate lighting without casting harsh shadows, so you will need to light it with several fixtures. A standard wooden post is typically thin enough so that one or two lights at most would be suffice.
Regardless of which type of stand is used for your mailbox, spotlights are an ideal solution for this area of lighting. The main goal is to create a focused area of light, so there is no better way to do so than with spotlights. They allow you to adjust the fixture so that you can cast light exactly where you want it. Since, these fixtures are usually placed in the ground, the light cast will be upward, which will really help to properly highlight the mailbox.
The only downside when it comes to spotlights is, they can create shadows. Even though many people do not mind slight shadows, others may prefer a cleaner look. With tape lighting, you can create a well-lit mailbox area that is mostly free from shadows. Since most tape lighting is LED, you get a less shadowy effect. Tape lighting looks great when used by mailboxes in several different ways such as run along the stand itself, outlining the perimeter of the mailbox on the ground, or as part of the landscaping. The great thing about tape lighting is that it’s versatile and relatively easy to work with to achieve a nice outcome.
Adding lighting is only part of the equation when it comes to sprucing up this area of your home. If you’re looking to add lighting, you should also consider adding some supplemental landscaping elements. For example, you can add a border of bricks to run the tape lighting along with some stones or a simple placement of a few planted flowers inside, adding greenery with lights can go a long way overall.
When considering which lighting solution would be the most effective, we recommend going with solar or LED. Solar is ideal because it allows you simply add illumination without any extra wiring because it is powered by the sun. LED is also a great solution that is energy efficient in terms of illumination output versus the energy consumed.