How to Light the Outside of Your Home

Proper exterior lighting is crucial for enhancing the safety, functionality, and aesthetic appeal of your home. Whether you’re illuminating your driveway, a house sign, or a garden path, the right lighting can make a significant difference to your home.

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Guide Contents

1. Solar Powered Outdoor Wall Light

2. Garden Path Lighting

3. Security Lighting on Sensors

4. Aesthetic Enhancements

5. Additional Tips for Exterior Lighting

6. Final Thoughts

In this guide, we’ll explore various methods to light the outside of your home and help you choose the right lights to make your home brighter and more attractive. 

Solar Powered Outdoor Wall Light

Solar powered lights are a popular choice for a cost effective and efficient lighting solution, and our new Solar Powered Outdoor Wall Light is an excellent option for illuminating your home. Here’s why:

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A sleek, modern, cylindrical solar-powered outdoor wall light with a brushed metal finish, mounted on a vertical wooden panel wall with a striped pattern. To the left of the light, there is a green plant with round leaves, adding a touch of natural greenery to the scene. The light fixture has a contemporary design that complements the wooden texture of the wall.

Features

This light is powered by solar energy, making it eco-friendly and cost-effective. It’s equipped with high-efficiency LEDs that provide bright and consistent illumination.

Benefits

Easy to install with no wiring required, it automatically turns on at dusk and off at dawn all year round. It’s weather-resistant, ensuring durability and longevity.

Usage

Ideal for providing downward lighting on your homes facade, as well as being an excellent solution to light up a house sign, enhancing curb appeal, and improving visibility around your home.

Installation

All you need is a flat surface to drill in the provided screws and fit the light onto its chosen position.

Purchase

Check out our Solar Powered Outdoor Wall Light here.

Garden Path Lighting

Garden path lighting is one of the most important lighting solutions to provide to your home. Adding lights to your garden path not only beautifies your garden but also ensures safe navigation through to your front door in the dark. Here are some options:

  • Types

    Popular choices include solar path lights, LED stake lights, and low-voltage landscape lights. Benefits: Path lights create a welcoming atmosphere to your front door while highlighting garden features. They also add an aesthetic homely glow to your front or back door. 

  • Usage

    Add along the edges of paths, ensure the light is evenly spaced and positioned to illuminate the walkway

  • Installation Tips

    Space the lights evenly along the path to ensure a balanced distribution of light, illuminating the entire pathway. If you choose low level solar lights, be sure their solar panel isn’t obstructed by an overhanging bush or tree. Lights can either be staked in the ground, or screwed on to posts or a fence running alongside the path.

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Security Lighting on Sensors

Security lighting is recommended for any home, and is an essential part of deterring any would be intruders. From keeping outside entrances light to adding security lights to your garage, here’s what you need to know:

  • Types

    Consider motion sensor lights, dusk-to-dawn lights, and floodlights. Benefits: Adding exterior lighting makes your home less likely to have a break-in, keeping your home and your most valuable possessions secure.

  • Usage

    Ensure your lights are well positioned to cover key areas such as driveways, garages, entrances and dark areas near the house. Be sure that the sensors are properly angled to detect movement in key areas, such as in front of a garage or around cars.

  • Installation

    Installation varies depending on the type of lights you’ve chosen, but common examples are wall lights with sensors, which are installed with screws to a flat surface.

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Aesthetic Enhancements

At The Bespoke Sign House we’re always big on adding value to your home with aesthetic enhancements to its exterior. Lighting can play a key role in the appearance and grandeur of your home. Here’s some things to consider when it comes to exterior lighting and your home aesthetic:

  • A large tree is illuminated by uplighting in a landscaped garden at dusk. The tree's branches spread wide, and its roots are visible above the ground. A wooden bench is placed near the base of the tree. In the background, palm trees and a well-maintained hedge are also lit by garden lights.

    Uplighting

    Uplighting is a lighting technique where the lights are placed low to the ground while casting their light upwards highlighting architectural features against the facade of a property. This technique also works well on statues, trees and fences, providing a warm glow and a welcoming appearance to the exterior of a property

  • An exterior view of a modern house at dusk, featuring three large windows and an overhanging roof with recessed downlights. The lights cast warm, focused beams onto the wall below. The sky is a deepening blue, and the interior of the house is softly illuminated, visible through the windows. A metal gutter runs along the edge of the roof.

    Downlighting

    Downlighting is where lights are mounted high up and angled down to mimic natural light and avoid glare. This technique is often used to give a stylish and dramatic appearance to a home, and works well with homes with large exterior walls.

  • A close-up of string lights hanging outdoors, with individual bulbs visible against a blurred background of trees. The focus is on a few clear bulbs with black sockets, creating a warm and inviting ambiance. The background is softly lit with bokeh effects from the evening light.

    String Lights

    String Lights are decorative additions to your garden. While they offer little amount of illumination, they can create a pleasant and enchanting glow to your garden. String lights work particularly well in outdoor living areas like patios and pergolas for a cosy and inviting atmosphere. 

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A close-up of a modern outdoor wall light, emitting a warm glow, attached to a dark wooden fence. The background features a blurred view of a white fence and some greenery. The light fixture has a sleek, cylindrical design, casting light downward and creating a cozy ambiance in the evening setting.

Additional Tips for Exterior Lighting

01. Choosing the Right Lighting: Match the lighting style to the purpose (e.g., bright lights for security, soft lights for ambiance). 

02. Energy-Efficient Options: Opt for solar-powered or LED lights to save on energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint. 

03. Maintenance: Regularly clean the fixtures and replace any faulty bulbs to ensure optimal performance. 

Final Thoughts

Exterior lighting plays a vital role in enhancing the safety, functionality, and beauty of your home. Whether you choose to install a solar powered outdoor wall light, garden path lighting, security lights, or decorative string lights, there are plenty of options to consider.

When it comes to making an impression, The Bespoke Sign House has years of experience in making your home stand out from the crowd. Whether you’re looking to make the perfect first impression, we have the perfect house sign for you. Or if you’re looking for a more hands-on approach to your homes exterior, check out our detailed guides on our blog page.