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Explore the Many Facets of Exterior Home Lighting

Every room in your home is important, but what about the room outside your home? Your exterior spaces are an extension of your interior and they should be treated with the very same care and attention when it comes to decorating. With the right choices in decor, you’ll create a seamless integration between the two spaces and your home’s exterior and interior will have a much more cohesive atmosphere.

Lighting is essential for both the comfort of your outdoor spaces and their ability to mimic the same artistic harmony of your interior decorating. It is, therefore, one of the most important aspects to get right when it comes to designing your outdoor space.

On that note; let’s explore the many facets of exterior home lighting.

Using Outdoor Lighting to Create an Atmosphere

As the sun sets, your lights become the functional element that allows you to see and the level of lighting you choose for your outdoors will determine what you’re able to do in each space. It also determines how you feel about being in that space so it’s important to choose different types of lighting for different areas, matching the style and level of light that you need for the space to be functional.

No matter what lighting you choose, it should be beautifully designed whether illuminated or not. You want your spaces to look great whether it’s day or night, so choose lighting that looks good whether or not it’s being used. The Abruzzo period style lantern collection is a perfect example.

 

Let Path Lights Guide the Way

Path lights are generally small and fit neatly into the ground or along fence posts. They’re made to illuminate pathways through your yard or along your fencing, but you can also use them to mark out the edges of ponds and pools as an added safety feature. They’re lovely additions along garden walks, and they’ll keep guests from trampling on your prized flowers!

Another great use for path lighting is to illuminate the walk up to your entryways. Be sure to place lighting in a uniform pattern and use additional lighting to draw focus towards featured design elements. This really increases the impact your entrance has as people arrive at your home and it’s a wonderful way to make your main entrance feel welcoming and inviting.

Our Gnome modern exterior wall light and miniature floor lamp collection can be used as a modern and stylish alternative to traditional path lights. They have been designed on the concept of a Garden Gnome and the frame is finished in white high resistant paint for maximum outdoor protection.

Illuminate Your Favourite Focal Points and Features

You’ve put time into designing your perfect outdoor space and that deserves a spotlight! If you have statuary, topiaries or other impressive design features you can use path lights and spotlights to draw attention to them. One way to really make things stand out is to use path lighting around your home, but choose a light with a contrasting and more understated design to draw attention to various features. Our Gnome exterior light would be ideal for this.

Additionally, your path lighting and features lighting should radiate different types of light. Path lighting should provide a soft glow that creates a cone of light. Feature lighting, on the other hand, should be illuminated with a bright beam that is directed at the feature itself.

Make a Statement with Standing Lamps and Pendant Lighting

Using large, standing lights outdoors is a great way to make simple design into something amazing. Items such as the AMAX exterior floor lamp are statement pieces unto themselves and make perfect accents for gathering spaces on the lawn or pool deck.

Pendant lighting does the same for your porches and balconies, creating an elegant and relaxing space for people to sit and relax after a long day.

Make your Outdoor Space your new Favourite Room

You can make the most of your lawn and outdoor spaces with signature lighting that keeps your exterior functional day and night. Not only that, carefully placed lighting provides extra security and allows you to illuminate your favourite outdoor features once the sun sets.

We have a wide range of lighting that opens up a world of opportunities for you to make your yard the best room in the house.

The Benefits of Outdoor Lighting & How to Maximise Your Options

Outdoor lighting is important for many reasons, but the exact type and quantity of outdoor lighting you will need depends on the kind of home you live in. In this article, we'll take a look at the lighting options available, what outdoor lighting is needed for each type of dwelling, and the benefits that properly set up outdoor lighting will provide.

 

Outdoor lighting in apartment buildings

Obviously if you live in an apartment or other kind of shared facility managed by a body corporate, the outdoor lighting is someone else's responsibility.

Even when this is the case, you should make sure you're happy with the outdoor lighting provided.

If it is inadequate, that could be affecting your safety and security. In such cases, you should let the management know that you would like them to upgrade your outdoor lighting, providing the reasons why.

 

Outdoor lighting for non-detached dwellings

Townhouses and other building types that don't have significant yard space should at least have lights at the entrances. Ideally, if it is possible, it is best to eliminate any darkened areas around the exterior, to make it more difficult for people with bad intentions to approach your home undetected.

The best choices for the entrances that do not feature a portico may be wall sconces on either side of the door, or if this is not practical due to limited space, a downlight immediately above the door will help. Where there is a portico, it is typical to place a downlight in the centre of the portico ceiling.

Additional wall sconces placed strategically at other points along a wall may help deter burglars and vandals.

 

Outdoor lighting for porches and balconies

For homes that have a porch or balcony, there are some wonderful outdoor lighting options available that will enhance your enjoyment of these outdoor spaces when the weather is nice enough to entice you outdoors in the evenings.

Sconces are always a good choice for older style homes, or those constructed to intentionally have an older look, and of course in this case the sconces should be of an antique "gaslight" look (eg: Buckingham, Churchill, Cochise). More modern building styles could be suited by a contemporary or futuristic sconce design (eg: Exeter, Addlestone, Bergano). Pendant lighting (eg: Button) is also a good choice for the porch ceiling if you need more light.

For very spacious balcony areas, you may even want to install some free-standing lamps in the corners, and the Havana Outdoor design is an excellent example, providing a low intensity column of light that illuminates without encroaching.

 

The thing to keep in mind with a balcony or porch lighting scenario is that the space is used for different purposes, so it is a little different to the other lighting situations mentioned here. You could find the installation of a dimmer switch helps you adjust the lighting to fit the mood you want for your outdoor relaxation space.

If you need task lighting in this area, there are many designs of hanging lights (eg: Abruzzo) that can be suitable for this, though you should make sure they are positioned at enough of a height to not create a problem of being crashed into.

 

Outdoor lighting for gazebos and pergolas

These simply structured buildings only require simple lighting solutions. There's no need to get too fancy. If the out-building is relatively close to the house, you could find using a more intense light here is suitable for attracting insects away from the house, but it's pointless if the distance is too great.

 

Outdoor lighting for gardens and paths

The more space you have, the more creative you can get, and garden paths are just begging for decorative use of lighting. First, however, it is important to consider the practical aspect, which is that lighting for outdoor paths should enhance their safety.

When a path is well lit, pedestrians are less likely to slip, and vehicles are less likely to crash. Paths with insufficient light may contain concealed hazards.

One of the most popular choices is the classic lamp post design, of which you will find many examples at Christopher Wray Lighting, such as Hedwin, Carbonia, Brinton, and Quarley Post.

Such elaborate posts are not always suitable, however. If you need a more contemporary design, consider solutions such as Pillari, Ruscoe, Holmes, etc. For illuminating driveways, stronger light may be required, which leads to choices such as Tally, Tundra, and Bergano.

 

Benefits of sensibly chosen outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting is capable of answering multiple needs, and if you choose well, you will get the maximum benefit from your outdoor lighting. Some of the potential benefits include:

  •          Increase security of your home. Burglars and other intruders will tend to shun well-lit areas in preference to buildings in darkness that can be raided with less chance of detection.
  •          Improve personal safety for your family and visitors. Darkness increases the risk of accidents from falling, tripping, or colliding with objects. Having light near the entrance of your home makes it easier to find your keys and to use them correctly, reducing the delay between arriving home and getting inside.
  •          Having exterior lighting lets you see who is approaching your home and seeking entry. Depending on the circumstances, this information could save your life.
  •          Exterior lighting can also beautify and decorate the building and its surroundings.

To find out more about choosing outdoor lighting for your home, come in to Christopher Wray Lighting and talk to one of our lighting consultants.

Outdoor Lighting Basics for Your Home

It’s pretty easy to know great outdoor lighting when you lay eyes on it. When the sun is no longer the source of light, the house still looks warm and welcoming. The property is devoid of dark shadows, and the entrance and other essential areas are well-lit and you wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to walk outside - it looks safe, secure and stunning.

 

 

The thing is that it’s really not that difficult to make your outside lighting just as effective for your own home, however, you do need to know what you are doing and have a proper plan in place. You need to know exactly what you want to achieve from your outdoor lighting before you begin.

Here are four ways to ensure that you get your exterior lighting just right:

 

Security first

The first thing that you need to consider when it comes to outdoor lighting is how you can use it to make your property even more safe and secure. Well-lit entrances, paths and walkways are essential for a safe property; you want to ensure that no shadows fall on your front entrance, garden, side doors and any other important part of your home.

Motion sensors are a popular type of lighting for security, as they light up every time that they detect movement. Keep in mind, however, that they will light up for pets too - so if Rover is constantly moving past your bedroom window at night, then it may not be the best idea.

Another great option is investing in smart lighting apps that pair your phone to your lights at home and this means that even when you are away you can turn them on in the evenings and off again in the mornings.

 

Safety

Gardens tend to be incredibly dark once the sun goes down and without adequate lighting, you or a visitor could trip and fall when walking through. It’s important, not just for security, but for safety that your paths and entrance way are well-lit. This is especially true for areas of your garden or an entranceway that has stairs.

You could use individual stair lights, LED stripping, under-tread lights or even post lights on your stairs to ensure that they are easy to go up and down without the worry of injury at night.

 

The features in your garden

One of our favourite parts about exterior lighting plans is deciding which parts of the garden are going to stand out most. Do you have an unusual tree? A beautiful flowering bush? Or a medieval-style wall? Whatever it is, we can use different lighting features to highlight them.

Aspects such as sculpture or terraced gardens can look particularly beautiful when lit up correctly at night.

Water features can also look spectacular with the right lighting; whether you’ve got a pool, a pond or a fountain, you can use new waterproof LED lights combined with more traditional lighting features to take them to the next level.

 

 

Lifestyle and climate

It makes sense that, if you are living in a warmer climate, the chances are that you’ll be spending more time in your outdoor area. If you love to spend time outdoors and entertain guests, then it’s important to put together a welcoming, comfortable outside area that is well-lit.

There are so many things that you can do to your outside area depending on the space and vibe that you want but have a look at some our signature exterior lights for an example of the amazing contemporary and signature lights that you could use to wow your guests.

Whether you are thinking about designing your new outdoor space or you’re simply decorating a space for a client of yours, then it’s best to speak to professionals that can help you make the right choices.

Contact us for an expert opinion on getting your exterior lighting perfect.