Outdoor lighting is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to add beauty and security to your home. Weather-resistant fixtures are available to highlight landscape features, provide security at a door or dark area, or allow you to enjoy your patio or garden into 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.
Install path lights along the walkway from your driveway to your entry doors to ensure a safe walk for you and your guests.
Flood lights offer the benefit of safety and security when lighting a stairway, dark garage or entry. They help discourage intruders and light the way for you and your family when you return home after dark.
Position flood lights at least 9 ft. off the ground so they cast a wide cone of light and are not easily accessed.
Add motion sensors and timers to customize when and how lights turn on and off.
Line voltage lighting operates at 120 volts, the same voltage as the appliances in your home. To install 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 Installing Line Voltage Lighting Project Guide to learn how to install these fixtures.
Motion detectors added to lights 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 you having to keep the lights on all the time.