Many outdoor spaces do not have enough light at night to be fully usable. Outdoor recessed lighting is a simple way to bring the right level of illumination so that you can use your yard day and night. Whether you are wanting simple wall lights or something more sophisticated, it is important to choose the right type and light level. For example, outdoor soffit lighting tends to be softer and it is easy to spread it out for whole yard illumination. Ceiling lighting also works well to add some extra brightness to your deck or porch.
Recessed soffit lighting fixtures are added directly into your ceiling or soffit space so that the light is directed down towards the ground. In this way, the beam angle illuminates the outdoor living space without disrupting your neighbors with bright lights pointed in their direction. Dimmer switches can be added to have even more control over the lighting effect. If you're going to be using LED soffit lights outside, just be sure to check for a UL-listed approval for safe use in wet or damp locations.
Exploring Outdoor Recessed and Soffit Lighting Options
Exterior soffit lighting is something that you can install yourself in most cases, without needing to hire an electrician. This allows you to get the right trim lighting for your exterior. With exterior recessed light fixtures, you can opt to make them dimmable so that you have full control over the brightness. Many people opt for white lights since these cast a natural and soft glow against the backdrop of night, allowing for adequate light that is not so bright that it is disruptive to the neighbors. There is also under eave lighting if you want to essentially frame the exterior of your home in light for soft, but full illumination at night. Consider flood lights, security lighting, and landscape lighting to illuminate more of your yard. Or, go with low voltage can lights for simple accent lighting.
When choosing new soffit lights, you can consider some popular choices like WAC Lighting dweLED Lotos RetroFit Adjustable Recessed Downlight, Sea Gull 11019 Recessed Can Lights, Sea Gull Lighting Baffle Recessed Round Trims, Juno TC1R 4" Down Light Outdoor Remodel Can & Junction Box, and Sea Gull 1128 IC-Rated Airtight Recessed Soffit Lighting. Think about the type of light bulbs you want to go with. Incandescent lights are very common, but LED bulbs are more energy efficient. Outdoor LED lighting gives you a brighter light source with more lumens, while using much less electricity.
Are you ready to add some recessed fixtures outside so that you can use your outdoor space during all hours of the day? Consider outdoor patio step lights to not only add some extra light, but also to make your steps safer when it is dark outside. Combined with ceiling light fixtures, you are able to provide a greater level of brightness both above and below for total illumination. Outdoor recessed wall lights are another choice that you can put on any wall, giving you a lot of flexibility regarding the brightness and the location of the lights.