Outdoor Lighting Tips
You can turn your backyard into a stunning showpiece with the right choice of outdoor lighting.
Our latest tip is to consider using LED lights for outdoors. LEDs are super energy efficient using up to 80% less power than traditional lighting that can last up to 30 times longer, meaning they're ideal for outside where lights are often left on for long periods of time.
Easy DIY garden lighting
This is one of the easiest DIY projects you'll ever do. Using our LED DIY range, you can install garden/path lights, or step lights, or deck lights, easily and without the cost of an electrician.
Check out the below two-minute video and you'll be inspired to begin! There's also step-by-step instructions below, and you can scroll to the bottom of the page to shop for the products featured.
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Benefits and tips for outdoor lighting
Welcoming: Direct and welcome visitors to your home with path lights along the walkway. Avoid installing path lights on both sides of the path so as not to create an airplane landing strip effect. Position at the beginning of the walkway and near individual steps or stairs for best visibility. For a feature on the outside of your home, consider traditional coach lights either side of the door to add that homely touch.
Outdoor entertaining: Create a stunning entertaining setting with feature lighting in different areas of your outdoors. Be sure to conceal any light source by tucking the fittings behind a bush, branch or rock. Spike sports highlight garden features such as trees, statues or water features, and are especially effective when directed from the ground upwards. Be sure the beam does not create any glare you can see.
Design a feature: Spot lighting is fantastic for highlighting your house or, for a more dramatic look, position on large trees to illuminate the outdoor area. Importantly, don't overdo it. Less is more. Shadows can work really well to define areas and the contrast between light and dark adds a much more dramatic effect than a floodlit area.
For coastal loactions: If you live in a coastal location, we recommend you purchase outdoor lighting that is either 316 marine grade stainless steel, aluminium, or polycarbonate, to increase its resistance to the elements and durability. But remember, the fitting will still require maintenance every three months in the form of cleaning.
What is an IP Rating?
IP rating is an international method used to describe the protection of a fitting to stop the penetration of solid objects or water entering the light fitting. IP ratings on exterior lights are represented by a 2 digit number. The first digit defines the level of protection against penetration of solid objects, like dust. The second digit defines the level of protection against penetration of water into the housing. The higher the number, the better the protection.
Safety and caring for outdoor lighting
- Never use indoor lights for outdoor applications
- Clean exposed outdoor bulbs every 3 months to remove any dirt and pollen. If bulbs are dirty the light efficiency dramatically decreases
- Check cords and electrical outlets when you clean your bulbs to ensure everything is working efficiently
- If you have children or pets ensure any loose cords are tucked out of sight to avoid tripping hazards and safeguard pets against the temptation to chew electrical cords
- If you have fittings that are 304 or 316 marine grade stainless steel, ensure all fittings are treated before installation with a neutral oil such as WD40. Once your fittings are installed, remove any blotches or stains with a soft cloth soaked in neutral oil. Repeat this process up to 4 times a year to maintain superior quality and finish
Brighter tips for activating your outdoor lights
- Install simple switches in easily accessible locations near door or windows. Mounted indoors, you can easily switch them on and off without stepping outside
- Use motion detectors to automatically turn on when someone approaches your front door or garden path. Most modern sensors have the ability to be adjusted so that they don’t turn on when pets or branches move past the sensor. You can also set the light level so that they only activate after sunset, which saves you money!
- Timers are perfect for automatically turning your lights on at a specified time