Outdoor Lighting

 
Outdoor Lighting
 
Exterior lighting is an easy and cost-effective way to add beauty and security to your home. Weather-resistant fixtures are available to highlight landscape features, provide security at a door or in a dark area, or allow you to enjoy your patio or garden in the evening. Outdoor lighting also comes in a variety of styles to complement your home's decor. Understanding the outdoor lighting styles that work best for each site will help you choose the most appropriate light for your garden, yard, or deck.

 SAFETY AND SECURITY LIGHTING


Path Lights

PATH LIGHTS

 

Install path lights along the walkway from your driveway to your entry doors to ensure a safe walk for you and your guests.

 

Solar powered path lights allow you to not have to remember to turn on the lights before you leave the house.

 


FLOOD LIGHTS

 

Flood lights offer the benefit of safety and security when lighting a stairway, dark garage or entry. They discourage intruders and light the way for you and your family when you return home after dark.

 

Position flood lights at least 9 feet from the ground so they cast a wide cone of light and are not readily accessible.

 

Add motion sensors and timers to customize when and how the lights are turned on and off.

 

Flood Lights

ACCENT AND DECORATIVE LIGHTING


Wall & Ceiling Lights

WALL & CEILING LIGHTS

 

Add wall and ceiling lights to the outside of your home to highlight architectural features, illuminate your door or porch, and make guests feel welcome.

 

A variety of styles are available to complement your home and create a different atmosphere in your front and back yards.

 

Use coordinating collections of lights to carry your style throughout your home's exterior.

 


POST LIGHTING

 

Create the perfect atmosphere for a party or the ambiance for a romantic evening with post lighting around a patio or pool.

 

Post lighting along your driveway can add style while welcoming visitors.

 

Post Lighting

LANDSCAPE LIGHTING


Walkway Lights

WALKWAY LIGHTS

 

Usually mounted on stakes or posts, walkway lights are perfect for illuminating paths and steps.

 

With a variety of styles including hat, mushroom and pagoda, you will find one to enhance your home's exterior while making your entry safer.

 

Stagger lights on either side of the walkway to avoid the "airport runway" effect.

 


 

DECK LIGHTING

 

Easy-to-install lighting mounted directly into your deck can illuminate stairs, benches and railings to make your deck safer for nighttime enjoyment.

 

Flush-mounted lights installed in the decking are designed to be walked on without damage.

 

Deck Lighting

Well and Spot Lights

WELL & SPOT LIGHTS

 

Install well lights, spot lights or up lights around flowers, shrubs and trees to highlight their beauty at night and give a sense of depth to your landscaping.

 

Look for weather-sealed lights to ensure long-lasting beauty.

 


 

 

POWER OPTIONS

 

There are three options to consider for powering outdoor lights; each has their own unique benefits.

 

Solar Powered Lights

SOLAR POWERED LIGHTS

 

Solar powered lighting requires no wiring but must be installed where the fixture will receive plenty of sunlight (at least 6-8 hours) to provide illumination at night.

 

Installation is easy and solar lights are perfect for illuminating areas where power is inaccessible.

 


LINE VOLTAGE LIGHTING

 

Line voltage lighting operates at 120 volts, the same voltage as the appliances in your home. Installing these fixtures outside requires the use of conduit to protect the wires and an electric junction box, rather than an outlet, to power the fixtures. See the How to Install Electrical Conduit Outdoors Project Guide to learn how to install these fixtures.

 

Line Voltage Lighting

Low Voltage Lighting

LOW VOLTAGE LIGHTING

 

Low voltage lighting operates at 12 volts, making it safer to work with, more energy efficient and easier to install and move.

 

Components include a power pack or transformer, low voltage cable and low voltage lamps.

 

See our Installing Low Voltage Lighting Project Guide to learn how to install these fixtures.

 


 

OPTIONS AND ACCESSORIES


 
Timers

TIMERS

 

Timers automatically turn lights on and off at preset times for added convenience. For example, you can set the timer so that lights are on when you arrive home from work every day.

 

Motion Detectors

MOTION DETECTORS

 

Motion detectors added to lights will alert you if someone is in your yard or garage or coming up your walkway. They will also keep you safe by lighting a path to your door in the dark, without having to keep the lights on all the time.

 

Eco Friendly Lights

ECO-FRIENDLY LIGHTS

 

Use stylish eco-friendly light fixtures and bulbs to save money and energy while enhancing your decor.

 


 
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