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How to Buy Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to add beauty and security to your home. Weather-resistant fixtures highlight landscape features, make dark areas safer and let you enjoy your patio or garden long after the sun goes down.

Understanding the outdoor lighting styles that work best for different areas will help you choose the most appropriate light for your space.

Safety and Security Lighting

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 lights mean you don't have to worry about remembering to turn on the lights before you leave the house.

Flood Lights

Flood lights offer the benefit of safety and security when used in a stairway, dark garage or entry area. They help discourage intruders and light the way when you return home after dark. Position flood lights at least nine feet 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.

Purpose Placement Fixtures
Safety & Security
  • Garage
  • Backyard
  • Walkways
  • Flood Lights
  • Path Lights
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.

Accent and Decorative Lighting

Wall & Ceiling Lighting

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 – use coordinating collections to carry a style throughout your home’s exterior.

Post Lighting

Create the perfect atmosphere for a party or romantic evening with post lighting around a patio or pool. Post lighting also adds style along your driveway.

Purpose Placement Fixtures
Accent & Decorative
  • Front Door
  • Porch
  • Deck
  • Pool
  • Wall Lights
  • Lanterns
  • Pendant Lights
  • Post Lights

Landscape Lighting

Walkway Lights

Walkway lights are perfect for illuminating paths and steps. With a variety of styles including hat, mushroom and pagoda, find a set to enhance your home’s exterior while making your entry safer. Stagger lights on either side of the walkway to avoid an airport runway effect.

Deck Lighting

Lighting installed directly into your deck illuminates stairs, benches and railings, making your deck safer for nighttime enjoyment. Flush-mounted lights installed in the decking are designed to be walked on without getting damaged.

Well & Spot Lights

Install well lights, spot lights or up lights around flowers, shrubs and trees to give a sense of depth to landscaping. Look for weather-sealed lights to ensure a longer life.

Purpose Placement Fixtures
Landscape Lights
  • Walkway
  • Garden
  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Shed
  • Walkway Lights
  • Well Lights
  • Spot Lights
  • Deck Lights

Power Options

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

Solar-Powered Lights

Solar-Powered Lights require no wiring, but must be installed where they’ll receive plenty of sun to provide illumination at night.

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

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.


Exterior diagram

    Draw a diagram of the exterior of your home and yard and create a lighting plan before you begin shopping for fixtures.

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