One way to increase the beauty, and security, of your home is with outdoor lighting. With the right lighting, you can highlight landscape features, provide security, or create a different atmosphere. If you’re shopping for outdoor lighting and need some help understanding the different options for lighting styles, feel free to refer to this buying guide to help you choose the best option for your lighting needs.
Lighting for Safety and Security
Path Lights – These lights can be installed along walkways to ensure a safe walk at night. They can also be installed from your driveway to your entryway, therefore increasing visibility.
Floodlights – If you’re in an isolated area, floodlights are ideal for safety and security. These lights can illuminate stairways or dark garages. They can discourage intruders and shower your property with light. The higher they are, the wider the cone of light is.
Solar outdoor lighting provides relief to you because you don’t have remember to turn on the lights before you leave the house. Motion sensors and timers can also be added to customize when and how the lights are switched on and off.
Lighting for Accents and Decoration
Ceiling Lights – Wall lights and ceiling lights outside a home can make guests feel welcome while highlighting architectural features.
Post Lighting – Post lights can create a nice atmosphere or ambiance for a party around the patio or a pool. Post lighting can also work as path lights to illuminate any walkway.
String Lights – String light sets are great for both indoors or outdoors. Most sets have sockets designed to create a waterproof seal around the bulbs. These can be used as a single strand or can connect to other sets to create an illuminated canopy.
Flush Mounted Lights – These are usually installed in decking areas, backyards, or garages. Like floodlights, the flush mounted lights illuminate vast spaces for extra safety at night.
Spotlights – To further accent trees, shrubs, and flowers, use spotlights to magnify the beauty of your yard at night and add depth to the landscape. Try to find weather-sealed lights to ensure they’re long-lasting.
Solar Powered Lighting – This requires no wiring, but it should be installed in an area where it will receive 6-8 hours of sunlight in order to provide illumination. Installing these lights is easy and perfect for areas that don’t have access to power.
Line Voltage Lighting – This operates at 120 volts, which is the same as appliances within your home. Installing these fixtures outside calls for a conduit for wire protection and an electric junction box to power the fixtures instead of an outlet.
Low Voltage Lighting – These lights operate at 12 volts—much safer to work with and more energy efficient. Components may include a power pack, a low voltage cable, and low voltage lamps.
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