- Outdoor lighting fixtures illuminate your home's exterior and trees.night lantern image by Kashtalian Ludmyla from Fotolia.com
Outdoor lighting adds style to your property while increasing its safety. Standing at a dark door attempting to use a key is dangerous. Installing outdoor lights without checking with your local building inspection office first exposes you to electrical hazards. Plan outdoor lighting around local safety codes and your property's lighting needs. Place your home in its best light by mixing three distinct lighting styles into your outdoor lighting plan.
- Lantern-style outdoor lighting fixtures add decorative appeal to your home during the day and elegant illumination during the evenings. Position lanterns on both sides of your front door for a balanced and bright look. Single lanterns suit side or back doors best. Lanterns or lamps also look appealing when they are centered above garage doors. Covered porch areas may require inset lighting that captures the same glow as the outdoor lanterns you select.
- Spotlights illuminate architectural and landscaping focal points. Create a dramatic feel by placing spotlights near your home's columns, walls or garden fountain. Alternatively, installing spotlights in your eave areas will also call attention to your home's most attractive architectural features. Spotlights also work well near outdoor benches and add a romantic feel to patio areas. Along with ambient pool lighting, these outdoor lights can be used to further illuminate nearby trees, decorative shrubs or climbing vines.
- Path lights cast light onto textured walkways and keep your outdoor walkways safe for traveling during evening. Install path lights that sit at ground level or on poles with decorative covers. Low-level outdoor light fixtures spread circular light patterns that result in illuminating nearby ground cover, bushes and tree bottoms. Choose shielded path lights to prevent glare. Use them to define the boundaries of a pool area and driveway.