There is no denying that proper outdoor lighting is crucial for any Australian home.
They help take your kerb appeal to the next level, but they also add utilitarian benefits. That said, outdoor lighting enhances the safety and security of your property by discouraging trespassers.
So, we don’t find any reason that should stop you from installing outdoor lighting outside your home. But if you are confused and unsure how to go about it, read this article to the end. We have extensively talked about the different types and styles of outdoor lighting fixtures you can choose from and a few important things to consider before installing them at home.
Now, without wasting another second, let’s see how you can make your home brighter and more beautiful.
Here are seven of the most common types of outdoor lighting:
This type of lighting is mainly used to add a touch of drama to any outdoor area by improving its aesthetic appeal. We suggest planning and incorporating such lighting into particular areas such as entry doors and pathways. You can even highlight architectural details, planting areas, and trees if your budget allows it.
Additionally, you may use uplighting to draw your visitors’ attention to taller structures, buildings, or trees. It’s worth noting that spotlights are commonly used in this type of lighting.
As far as ambient lighting is concerned, it is mainly used on walls and posts. This kind of lighting is also widely known as general lighting; it emits a decent brightness level, enabling visitors to walk and see safely.
While installing ambient lights outdoors, make sure you don’t choose excessively bright lights; bulbs with a lumen or lower rating would do the job just fine.
Now, let’s talk about task lighting, which helps illuminate pathways and entrances. These outdoor lights are crucial for specific tasks, such as safety. They are mostly outdoor footlights, patio lights, pathway lights, etc.
Since these lights will be placed outdoors, it’s a good idea to ensure they are IP65-certified so that they can withstand weather elements such as storms and rains. Also, make sure that the lighting fixtures are marked as outdoor lighting.
Landscape lighting is perhaps the most technical of all lighting solutions as it requires more planning and attention to design than the other garden lighting styles. The purpose of this type of lighting is to accentuate the details of your lawn and garden.
Another thing worth keeping in mind while dealing with landscape lighting, especially if it’s farther from your house, is how you’ll be able to get the wiring into the light. If you are not confident enough to install landscape lighting, we recommend hiring an experienced and qualified electrician. Since the installation is likely to involve burying a lot of cables in the ground, it is best to hire a professional to handle it.
Next up, we have security lighting. These motion-activated lights enhance the security and safety of your home and are therefore mainly used in decks, stairs, patio, backyard garage and driveway. A few examples of security lighting are sensor lighting, recessed lighting and floodlights.
Portable lighting can help illuminate accents and surroundings and offer you the flexibility to use the light wherever you want. Additionally, they help increase your space as they can be carried anywhere for lighting. Thus, it is a perfect choice for creating an ideal backyard retreat and a festive ambience for dinner parties.
From gorgeous and large to simple and small, these lights are available in a range of styles and designs to help complement your home exterior.
Installing outdoor wall lighting is a great way to complement the outdoor decor while simultaneously drawing attention to its architectural elements.
Wall lights also offer illumination in areas where safety is a concern. Furthermore, outdoor wall lighting can be used in cohesion with other outdoor fixtures for ambient light in seating areas. The bottom line is that whatever your taste may be, there has to be an outdoor wall light to suit it.
Here are a few essential factors that you should keep in mind while purchasing exterior lighting:
It is always better to choose lights that are energy efficient as they don’t tend to consume a lot of electricity. You can save on utility bills while reducing your carbon footprint.
Additionally, we recommend using LED lights or other energy-efficient options, like solar-powered bulbs, for outdoor lighting because they last longer than ordinary lighting options.
The material of the lighting fixture is another essential factor that you need to consider. We suggest going with outdoor lights that are made using ceramic, copper, brass or aluminium. All these materials are durable and can easily resist harsh weather elements with ease.
Also, keep in mind that the material dictates the look of your outdoor lighting fixture, so make sure it matches the rest of the decor.
The cost determines the design and quality of outdoor light. With a higher budget, you get more options, and if you have a modest budget, the options will be limited. On a side note, outdoor lights nowadays are pretty reasonably priced, so you won’t necessarily have to go out of your way to get attractive and durable models.
The style of your outdoor lighting should complement the architecture of your house. From rustic and contemporary classics to ultra-sleek and futuristic, there is a range of styles and designs to choose from and bring home.
While purchasing outdoor lighting, be sure to consider the wattage. Ideally, you would want to go with higher wattage lights for illuminating the dark areas and lower wattage lights for decorative purposes.
Here, we have answered two of the most commonly asked questions about outdoor lighting:
Both are equally good. However, we recommend using cool outdoor lights for trees and plants as warm lights can damage them. But you can use warmer outdoor lighting on architectural elements. Not to mention, warmer lights provide the cosy feeling that your family and guests will love.
You don’t necessarily have to match each one of them; make sure they can complement the outdoor decor of your house.
With that, we have reached the end of our guide. And we genuinely hope that you were able to gain some valuable insight into the types and styles of outdoor lighting and the factors to consider while purchasing them.
So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with your local electrician and install outdoor lighting around your home to enhance its visual appeal. If you are in Melbourne, contact the team at Precision Electrical & Plumbing. We can install your outdoor lighting while providing a fast, efficient and professional service. We also offer general lighting services, including installing and replacing commercial lighting.
That’s all for today, see you soon.
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