What Outdoor Lighting Should I Choose?

October 7, 2022 Outdoor Safety

Looking for a way to brighten up your outdoor space? There are a variety of lighting options on the market, so it can be a bit overwhelming when choosing the one that’s best for you.

But after a little reading and research, you’ll find a well-planned lighting design and installation that adds visual appeal with security and safety benefits.

Types of outdoor lighting

There are quite a few options when it comes to illuminating your outdoor space. So, let’s start with defining some of the popular lighting options.


Floodlights do precisely what their name suggests. They flood dark areas with light. 

Floodlights most often shine on fixed structures or large dark areas. They can be installed in the ground or placed on something sturdy like a wall or a pole.


Spotlights are a popular and versatile lighting option. They can be placed in the ground or mounted and come in a variety of bulb and beam width options.

Other Landscape Lights

Landscape lights include a variety of fixture types. Some of these include sconces, lanterns, well lights and step lights. They’re all installed a little differently and provide different lighting effects.

How to Choose the Best Light for My Outdoor Design

Three main factors play a part in selecting the type of light you’ll want for your space.  

Visual Appeal

Is there a feature that you want to draw attention to? If so, envision where you’ll need to place lighting to accentuate that feature.

Spotlights are usually the best choice for drawing attention to structures or features of your outdoor space. Other landscape fixtures such as sconces add a finishing touch that can complement your design style.

Security and Safety

Outdoor lighting helps make low visibility areas safer and deter criminal activity. Floodlights are a common choice for dark areas that may deter roaming animals and protect areas prone to theft.

Pathway and hardscape lights, on the other hand, are a top choice for making walkways more visible.

Large Areas

Larger areas may require many different light fixtures or a combination. Flood lights, such as wall wash lights, tend to work well for illuminating larger spaces. 

Smart Lighting

While switches will always be around, you now have more advanced options in terms of programming and controls. Companies like Control4 Smart Lighting make it easy to turn your lights on and off at the press of a button no matter where you are.

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