Outdoor House Lighting can be defined as lighting that is installed on the exterior of the house, but can also include lighting that is used to illuminate the house itself.
There are many ways to utilise outdoor lights and they can indeed be used to create very striking effects. The key to good use is to make a plan before you rush out and buy the first lights you think look good. Take a little time and get a simple plan together.
Lights ON The Outside Of The House
Try to go for a more modern approach and avoid the old standard light above the door. Single spotlights pointing upwards or down can illuminate the sides of the doorway, framing it with light and creating a great look.
Down lights in the fascia boards of the house can look good – space them out well, sometimes less is more. Here you are looking for a lighting effect, not to light up the house.
Outside floodlights can be useful to light areas where you need good strong light, perhaps around the pool or barbecue. Use spotlights where a softer effect is required – a couple of spotlights at ground level flickering across the surface of a patio can look good.
Some great designs of lights are around today so look for that special one to make your home stand out from the rest
Lights To Illuminate The house
Here the technique is to carefully place lights around the garden and point them at the house to create a unique lighting effect. This is best done with spotlights, for most homes, as these are easily adjusted and you can experiment a bit with the direction of the light. Flood lights can also be used with this technique but can be over powering on smaller homes.
When you have a few ideas together and are ready with a plan, then you can hit the shops or online stores. The range of lighting available today is amazing and it is now possible to get some decent quality, cheap outdoor lighting. But it is best to avoid the really cheap lights as these are often poor quality imports. Good luck and have fun.