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The Basics of Outdoor Lighting
16.06.2017 16:49

So you want to install outdoor lighting fixtures to boost your home’s looks? Great idea! Outdoor lighting plays a significant role in enhancing curb appeal. You can use it to turn your residential property into a nighttime showstopper without doing large-scale home remodeling work.

It’s important to start an outdoor lighting project with a solid plan because not all exterior light fixtures are the same. Further, there’s a wide array of lighting techniques for different areas and purposes. It’s important to know the most common types so you can have a better idea of what to use on your home. Here are four examples.


Also called “sconces,” these are outside light fixtures often used on either side of entry doors. When choosing one, be mindful of the entryway’s proportions. To look right, lanterns shouldn’t be too small or too large.


These are often used on driveways or interesting accents like stonework or specimen trees. Though these use a lower voltage than other outdoor lighting fixtures, they can light up a large expanse of space.

Recessed lights

These outdoor lighting fixtures are also called “down-lights” and are very flexible design-wise. They can be installed over garage doors or decks to illuminate stairs, railings and deck furniture.

In-ground lights

As the name suggests, these are shallowly buried in the ground and may be used to illuminate a nearby tree or structure. Lenses are mounted over them as protection from foot traffic.

We advise getting the help of residential exterior lighting experts for the recommended wattages for led exterior lighting. As a general rule, you want to use 120V or lower on your lighting fixtures. Extremely outdoor lighting fixtures could create glare or cast dark shadows on certain areas of your home. Both scenarios should be avoided for security reasons. Remember: safety before beauty!


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