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Why We Love Outdoor Lighting
Modern outdoor lighting can breathe new life into your outdoor spaces. They bring function and style to your patios, entryways, outdoor stairwells and pathways. Illuminate walkways and stairs for safety, mix and match styles for an eclectic feel or carry the lighting theme from inside your home to its exterior. Our selection includes wet-rated fixtures to handle exposure to the elements and carefully designed to make a maximum style impact with minimum effort.
Our Favorite Outdoor Lighting Finishes & Styles
Outdoor wall sconces are a popular choice because they offer style, function and versatility. Look for wall lights in bold, modern shapes for a fixture that stands out. Maintain an elevated aesthetic with an industrial style or whimsical orb and globe pieces. Our mid-century modern outdoor lighting is a favorite for porch light with warm-toned metals, soft shapes and subtle sophistication.
How to Choose the Best Outdoor Lights for Your Space
Outdoor lights vary greatly based on their intended purpose. For example, pathway lights and bollard lights are designed to provide bright light for safety rather than aesthetics. Similarly, an outdoor pendant light offers an atmospheric glow that’s not always suitable for high-traffic areas. Wall sconces work well as accent lighting to highlight an architectural feature, like a door or arched entryway.
Other Outdoor Light Fixture Considerations
When installing any type of outdoor lighting, it’s a good idea to keep the surrounding environment in mind. Dark sky fixtures are designed to provide you with plenty of light that doesn’t disturb your surroundings. Places like coastlines and waterfront properties are more prone to corrosion from salt and water damage. If you live in these areas, it’s a good idea to take extra precautions to ensure that your fixtures hold up well.
Frequently Asked Questions When Buying Outdoor Lighting
What are the best outdoor lighting ideas?
The best lighting options will be ones that provide function to the space while expressing a feeling of warmth and coziness for relaxation outdoors.
How do I choose the right outdoor lighting fixtures?
Consider the needs of the space and where light is needed the most. Accent or full glows are also important. If you're looking to add light to your porch or entryway, our porch lighting 101 guide will walk you through our favorite types.
What are the different types of outdoor lighting?
Outdoor lighting is much the same as indoor lighting with wall sconces, pendants, chandeliers and flush mounts as well as table and floor lamps.
What are the benefits of LED outdoor lighting?
LED outdoor lighting will feature energy-efficient technology to save money and energy.
How can I create a well-lit outdoor space?
Create light layers in the outdoor space for a well-lit area. This includes a ceiling light, wall lights and accent lights such as a table lamp. Check out our favorite outdoor lighting tips in our guide on how to light your outdoor patio.
What are the top landscape lighting techniques?
Landscape lighting benefits from being hidden out of the way such as recessed lighting in the ground or path lights to illuminate the way for night walks. For a detailed walkthrough on landscape lighting techniques, check out our landscape lighting guide.
How can I make my outdoor lighting more energy-efficient?
Replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs is a major step toward becoming energy-efficient outdoors. Consider timers on lights as well.
What are the safety considerations for outdoor lighting?
Location ratings such as wet or damp are important for the fixture not get damaged and become a safety hazard. Make sure all walkways are also clear.
How do I calculate the right outdoor lighting spacing?
Path lights should be ideally 10 to 15 feet apart. Lighting by the front door should be from 1/3rd to 1/4th the height of the door and 6 feet off the ground.
What are the best outdoor lighting brands?
Designer brands such as RBW, Artemide and David Trubridge are among the best selling brands for outdoor lighting.
How do I maintain and clean outdoor lighting fixtures?
Each fixture has specific cleaning needs. Consult the manual for details.
How do I illuminate trees and plants with outdoor lighting?
Outdoor spotlights and path lights work well for illuminating trees and plants. There are also lights that can hang from trees.
What are the best color options for outdoor lighting?
All color options are viable for the outdoors depending on the décor. A range of colors, metallic finishes and wood tones are all available.
How do I control outdoor lighting with smart home technology?
Most smart technology will come with an app for controlling the fixture.
What are the current trends in outdoor lighting design?
Eco-friendly and biophilic designs are in the top trends currently due to the relationship to nature and environmental impact.
What color temperature is best for an outdoor light?
Outdoor lighting is between 2500K-4000K. Warmer color temperatures work best for architectural elements and cooler temperatures for organic landscaping.
What is the best wattage for an outdoor light?
Eighty watts or fewer is best. Forty watts and below is for illuminating pathways and garden beds, while 40-80 watts is for driveways and walkways.
What does Dark Sky Rated mean?
Fixtures with a dark sky compliant rating will help minimize blue light at night. This reduces light pollution and the overall glow they put into the evening sky.
What does a light's UL Rating mean?
The UL rating is how wet an outdoor light fixture can get. Fixtures will be UL damp for exposure to some moisture or UL wet for full exposure to water. To learn more, check out our guide on dark sky compliance lighting.