Why Lighting Aren’t As Bad As You Think

Tips for Buying Outdoor Lights

You can’t let your poor or nonexistent outdoor lighting keep you from having fun past sundown. When you go outdoor light shopping, never forget that the market is flooded with different products that are not created equal. You have to consider a few basic points before actually paying for anything.

Three Types of Lighting

First of all, get acquainted with the three key lighting types – ambient, task and accent lighting. To create ambient lighting, you can use wall, post and/or hanging lights. For task lighting, two popular options are deck lights and security lights. To add accent lighting, you can go with landscape kits and spotlights.

Computing for Your Requirements

Multiply your outdoor area’s square footage by 1.5 and you have a rough estimate of the total wattage it requires. For example, if this area is 100 square feet, it would need 150 watts. For cheaper, more energy-efficient, and maintenance-free lighting, go for LEDs over halogen or incandescent bulbs.

Planning Ahead

Before buying any fixture, make sure you’ve checked size and position with the help of a simple paper template. For the front porch or back patio, an outdoor wall light should be around a third of the door’s height. Also make sure to buy sturdy lighting – that is, one that’s made of top quality, weather-resistant materials. One of those kits that could be plugged into an outdoor outlet makes a good quick fix for your lawn, and so is solar landscape lighting.

An Inside View

It’s always good to consider how your outdoor space looks like from inside your home. For example, if you have the right lights in your porch that can be seen from your living room, this room can feel much bigger at night than it really is.

Soft Light for Entertaining

Your guests won’t like the spotlight when enjoying a nice meal, so keep your lighting soft and warm. So for your outdoor dining area, think pendants, outdoor lanterns and the like. You’d like to add a dimmer as well so you can set the lights to full during food prep and cooking, and low for eating and socializing.


Lastly, though outdoor lighting should provide a nice ambiance, it should help you secure your home as well. Keep all entry points well-lit. Hang a wall lantern on both sides of your garage door outside or just one in the middle right above. Offering more security to your home are spotlights, which you can have at certain points around your eaves (for shadowy spots in your property) as well as wall lanterns for side doors, windows and the like.

Doing Landscape The Right Way

Doing Landscape The Right Way