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8 Tips for Selecting the Best Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is an easy, cost-effective way to add beauty, safety, and security to your home. Understanding which outdoor lights work best with your home's exterior and landscape will help you choose the right light fixtures for your garden, deck and yard. Here are our top eight tips for choosing outdoor lighting fixtures for your home.

Outdoor Lighting Tip #1: Placement

Outdoor Lighting Placement - Front Entrance


Outdoor Lighting Placement - Doorway

Outdoor Lighting Placement - Driveway

Outdoor Lighting Placement - Garage

Outdoor Lighting Placement - Paths & Walkways

Outdoor Lighting Placement - Porch, Patio or Pool

Outdoor Lighting Placement - Backyard

Outdoor Lighting Tip - UL Rating

Outdoor Lighting Tip - Fixture Types

Outdoor Lighting Types, Purpose and Placement

Outdoor Lighting Tip - Materials

Outdoor Lighting Material - Brass

Outdoor Lighting Materials - Cast Aluminum

Outdoor Lighting Materials - Ceramic

Outdoor Lighting Materials - Copper

Outdoor Lighting Tip - Outdoor Lighting Styles

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Outdoor Lighting Tip - Outdoor Lighting Controls
  • Dimmers - Gives you greater control over outdoor lighting range.
  • Home Automation – Gives you remote access to turn lights on and off or at scheduled times from your remote home automation device.
  • Timers – Turns on the lights at a scheduled time.
  • Dusk to Dawn – Turns on the lights from dust to dawn, but can also be scheduled up to 8 hours.
  • Motion Sensors – Turns on the lights when movement is detected.
Outdoor Lighting Tip - Outdoor Lighting Consideration
  • Bulb Types – Choose light bulbs that are rated for damp environments. Do not choose the max wattage for each lighting fixture as this can be blinding to neighbors and passersby. 
  • Energy Efficiency – Consider energy-efficient CFL and LED outdoor lighting in conjunction with lighting controls.
  • Dark Sky Lighting – These light fixtures are designed to minimize glare and light trespass, which contribute to light pollution.
  • Turtle Safe Lighting – These shielded light fixtures are ideal for coastal areas with turtle nests.
  • Solar Lighting – These light fixtures collect the energy from the sun during the day and emit it at night. They're affordable, eco-friendly alternative to many outdoor lighting fixtures.

Outdoor Lighting Tip - Outdoor Lighting Maintenance

  • Replace broken or burned-out bulbs
  • Clean grimy lenses with a soft cloth and mild soap
  • Replace broken, damaged or corroded light fixtures
  • Trim bushes, shrubs and branches to prevent light obstruction

The right outdoor lighting creates a warm, welcoming entrance for your family and guests. It also creates the appearance of safety and security. Which outdoor lighting fixture do you think best enhances your home?