Exterior home lighting tips


Exterior or outdoor lighting plays the role of adding safety and security as well as enhancing beauty of the home. Good lighting styles and systems can even enhance the value of your home if planning to resell. You can transform the exterior spaces and natural beauty using dramatic exterior lights and lighting styles and balancing lighting, without forgetting the functionality of every outdoor area.

Functionality: If you are going green, choose solar lamps and eco-friendly lighting options that will provide adequate amount of light such that everyone can use the spaces securely and safely without tripping.

Otherwise, functionality of outdoor spaces is number one aspect you consider when selecting lighting styles, lighting sources and lighting fixtures.  That said, you should ensure you test every landscape lighting system for load to ensure it provides the desired power. If you are unsure about loading, check with a professional installer before buying the lighting system.

Balance your lighting: Balancing your lighting is all about planning well for your exterior light sources such that you avoid collision between lighting sources. A good example where collision could occur is when using indoor and outdoor lighting such a way that the two plans interfere. This could happen if using sconces, porch lights and gas lights. Therefore, a good plan is to have two separate plans for outdoor and indoor lighting. Choose an exterior lighting plan that does not compete with other lights.

Don’t block your views: The purpose of exterior lighting is to help you have great views even from the inside of your house. Therefore, do not make mistakes such as shining lights on windows because this will block your view from inside.

Consider up-lighting for dramatic results: Using ground lighting that shine upwards will enhance architectural beauty and emphasize architectural details of your home. Choosing ground exterior lights also makes a smaller home appear larger at night. Make sure to have the light sources on both the right and left sides for best results.

Consider the options available: There are many choices for exterior lights depending on the location you want to install. Ensure that you choose exterior lights depending on the location to avoid mismatching, for instance using flood lights on gardens. That would be catastrophic for outdoor aesthetics. Wall lights can be used on porches, patio, entryways and garages.

Ceiling lighting and hanging lights are best used on porches and covered patios especially if there is no room for wall lights.  These are built for damp locations and never directly exposed to rain. Post lights and pier mounts are best used on walkways, driveways and patios.  Make sure they are “wet rated” to withstand direct exposure to rain and moisture.

Other types include security lights mounted on walkways, alleys and garages. These could have motion sensors and offer bright, flood-like light to ward off intruders.  You could use motion sensors that are decorative too therefore stay creative. Finally, landscape lights are used on gardens and to highlight landscape features. These low-voltage systems can be used to separate wall and ceiling lights.