5 points about outdoor lights
Modern outdoor lighting can breathe new life into your outdoor space. They bring function and style to your patio, entryways, outdoor stairwells and pathways. Illuminate walkways and stairs for safety, mix and match styles for an eclectic feel, or take the lighting theme from inside your home to outside. Our selection includes moisture-rated fixtures to handle exposure to the elements and carefully designed to produce maximum style impact with minimal effort, including commercial outdoor lighting that can be used for large-scale applications.
Outdoor wall sconces are a popular choice because they offer style, function and versatility. Look for bold, modern shapes in wall sconces that make for striking fixtures. Keep an elevated aesthetic with industrial-style or whimsical globes and spheres. Our mid century modern outdoor lighting is a favorite for porch lights, featuring warm metals, soft shapes and subtle sophistication.
A: In general, you will find outdoor lighting to be between 2500k-4000k. As a rule of thumb, warmer color temperatures work best for architectural elements (2500k-2700k), while cooler temperatures look best when targeting organic landscapes (typically 3000k-4000k).
A: The best wattage for outdoor lights is around 80 watts or fewer. 40 watts and below is best for illuminating pathways and garden beds, while 40-80 watts are better for high traffic areas like driveways and walkways.
Outdoor lights vary greatly depending on their purpose. For example, street lights and bollard lights are designed to provide bright light for safety rather than aesthetics. Similarly, outdoor chandeliers provide an atmospheric light, but are not necessarily suitable for high-traffic areas. Wall sconces work well as accent lighting and can highlight architectural features such as doors or arched entrances.
Other Outdoor Light Fixture Considerations
When installing any type of outdoor lighting, it's a good idea to take your surroundings into consideration. Dark sky fixtures are designed to provide you with plenty of light that doesn't disturb your surroundings. Places like shorelines and waterfront properties are more susceptible to salt and water erosion. If you live in these places, it's a good idea to take extra precautions to make sure your light fixtures stay in good condition.