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Outdoor Lighting in a Nutshell

Outdoor Lighting in a nutshell is all about beauty and security. Since ancient times, it has been in existence in the form of firelight made from wood, candles and oils put in lanterns, torches and scones. With the evolution of technology, gas lighting became popular as a source of outdoor lighting in the 19thcentury, which changed to electric lighting in the 20th century. Electric lighting continues to be the most widely used form of outdoor lighting alongside new lighting innovation such as solar power in the 21st century and has now become part of any exterior functioning and design.

Outdoor lighting not only improves the safety, security and beauty of your home but also increases property value. According to Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Nothing brings more warmth to a home after dark than perfectly balanced outdoor lighting. It’s the perfect way to extend the hours you can linger outside. Well-lit exteriors are never inviting to intruders and strategic fixture placement can help prevent falls and injuries.

The organisation launched the National Outdoor Lighting Month in 2013, which falls in the month of October,

to educate homeowners about the transformational difference quality and professionally installed outdoor lighting can make to a home, landscape or even a special event. Increased safety, beauty and ambiance from pools to playgrounds, backyard grills to gazebos, landscapes to lounge areas.

Over the years,

There’s been an explosion of outdoor styles and an open-minded perspective on materials and styles that just wasn’t there 10 to 15 years ago

explains Joe Rey-Barreau, a consultant for the American Lighting Association.

With so many options available today, choosing a lighting fixture and how to go about can be confusing. Industry experts provides us with some guidelines to the types of outdoor lighting fixtures.

Recessed lights

These lights provide a generous amount of light even though they are mostly hidden. Ideal for decked areas and garage doors and can be used around stairs, railings and posts.


These are used to light objects and wide spaces, ideal for places like the driveway, trees, statues or other decorative stonework.


These lights are also used for highlighting objects but come with a narrower beam.

Path lights

They are used to light up the walkway and great for providing visual appeal as well as ensuring safety.

Pendant lights

They are ideal for porch and entry lighting. Not only do they provide plenty of light but also a welcoming glow.

Lanterns and scones

They are generally used besides doors and should be frosted or shielded to prevent unwanted glare.

Central control penal

Installing a central control panel for multiple layers of lighting to suit different occasions.

Mary Beth Gotti, lighting designer for GE Consumer & Industrial Products, explains,

Lighting for entertaining and other festive occasions versus lighting for safety and security can be selected through a central control panel.

Tip: Try to opt for lights that come with motion sensors which can be found in most flood lights, wall lights and path lights. They can be used to deter intruders at the same time save energy bills.

Display Lighting offer a range of outdoor lighting solutions on our main website.