What to Look for When Buying Outdoor Wall Lighting


The benefits of installing outdoor wall lighting in your home are common knowledge, but I’ll run down the list for you just in case. These benefits include the illumination of your entrance, porch, and walkways at night and the illumination of your driveway from the garage wall during the day. Lighting up your home’s exterior walls can make you feel safer. These lights, in conjunction with your home security system, will discourage intruders from breaking in and causing disruption to your life.

The benefits of outdoor wall lighting are complemented by what I’ll call style. Anyone with any old light fixture may install outdoor lighting, but if you’re anything like me, you want your house to look excellent from the ground up.

It takes skill to select outdoor wall lights. Choosing the correct wall lighting requires that you take certain precautions. Let me explain the steps I follow to conclude.

You must first determine which outside walls of your property you intend to mount these lamps. How about the driveway, the front door, the back porch, or the backyard? Once you’ve settled on a solution, we’ll proceed.

Now think about the architectural style of your house. The outside wall lighting you must choose for your home be consistent with its aesthetic. Choose a lighting design that complements the aesthetic of your home. You won’t have any trouble narrowing your outdoor wall lighting fixtures options down to a manageable four or five designs. Your final choice will need to be made after that.

Next, you’ll have to figure out how you want to manage the lights outside. You can go one of three ways. Your three options are a manual switch, a timer switch, and a motion sensor switch. A standard manual switch is required to turn on and off the outdoor wall lighting. Using a timed switch, your outdoor wall lighting can be programmed to turn on and off at specific times of the day. When a motion is detected in the dark of night, the exterior wall lighting will come on thanks to the motion sensor switch.

Lighting fixtures that consume less energy are a wise investment in today’s economy. When possible, switch to CFLs (compact fluorescent lights). These LED bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs while producing the same light. While initially more expensive, CFL bulbs save money in the long term by reducing the usage of inefficient incandescent bulbs.

There are risks involved with working with electricity. You need to know what you’re doing to execute the work safely. If you are unsure of your ability to install outdoor wall lighting securely, it is recommended that you hire a local electrical professional.

You should now be well-equipped to make the choice that will bring your house’s exterior to life. There is so much variety in outdoor wall lighting that you may feel overwhelmed. Don’t rush; make sure your final choice in style, finish, and size reflects your refined taste in outdoor furnishings. Finally, brag to everybody who uses your home’s newly illuminated outside walls about how great it looks with artistic lighting.

Joe Tobiasz, Owner/Webmaster of, considered a career in interior/exterior decorating and design over 25 years ago, inspired by his childhood as an apprentice to his father, a master of all trades. He has moved on from that point on. Over the years, he has offered his consulting services and contributed his natural skill for interior and exterior decorating and remodeling to a wide range of friends and acquaintances. Both webmasters and the internet community talk about his novel approach to delivering content on his website in short stories. Go to Wall Lighting for additional info on Outdoor Wall Lighting.

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