For all the time we spend indoors, there’s nothing quite like a well appointed garden or courtyard, perfectly illuminated for a family gathering.
However, outdoor lighting isn’t as simple as planting a few tiki torches in the ground. You need to consider factors like the type of light, durability, brightness, cost and more.
There are innumerable benefits beyond the aesthetic. With path lighting hooked up to motion sensors, you’ll feel much safer coming home at night. Similarly, timed lighting can keep your home secure while you’re away by making it look like someone’s home.
Types of outdoor lighting
Walk into any specialist lighting or hardware store and the variety of lights available will make your head spin. But, just like you’ll use recessed lights, chandeliers and wall lights inside, you’ll want to consider similar variety outside.
It may seem obvious with landscape lights, but be sure you purchase lights fit for outdoor use. Even a wall light sheltered by the roof will be exposed to the elements.
Here’s our overview of the different outdoor lighting types:
Security lights or floodlights
High-intensity lights with broad coverage, these are best positioned over garages and front entrances to make your home feel safer. You may also want to place them around the side of your home or in the yard as a security measure.
Note: If you have these lights on a sensor, try and keep them away from bedroom windows to avoid being woken up every time the neighbour’s cat goes for a midnight wander.