May 26, 2024

Roberto Faurot

Smart Home Architecture

How To Set Up Good Exterior Home Lighting

Introduction

For many homeowners, installing exterior lights is one of the first ways to improve the overall look and feel of your house. However, if you don’t do it right, your home’s exterior lighting can create more problems than it solves. That’s why it’s important to know what kind of light fixture works best for different parts of your property before buying anything (or hiring someone) at all. By following these easy tips for choosing outdoor lighting fixtures and positioning them correctly once they’re indoors, you’ll have a much better chance at creating an attractive landscape that improves safety while also making your house look amazing!

Consider a landscape lighting plan.

Now that you have an idea of what type of lighting you want, it’s time to make a plan. You’ll want to think about how much money and time you’re willing to invest in your exterior home lighting project, as well as what kind of results you’d like to achieve with it. For example, if safety is a major concern for your family (especially at night), then consider installing motion-activated lights that turn on automatically when someone walks by them.

On the other hand, if cost is a concern and/or aesthetics are important to you–and they should be!–then consider investing in low-voltage lighting systems instead; these can provide plenty of illumination while still being easy on the pocketbook.

Once again: don’t forget about safety! If there are any hazards around where potential intruders could hide (like bushes), then consider installing motion sensors near those areas as well so that once someone gets close enough for their presence to be detected by these devices’ sensors/sensors’ infrared beams/etc., those lights will go off automatically rather than leaving them exposed during any attempted break-in attempts on their property

Before you install outside lights, decide what effect you want the lighting to have on your home, garden and yard.

Before you install outside lights, decide what effect you want the lighting to have on your home, garden and yard.

  • You may want to illuminate certain areas of your property for security purposes or for convenience when walking around at night. For example, if there is a side door leading into your garage that isn’t visible from the street but which is accessible from other parts of the house or yard, consider installing an exterior light near this entrance so visitors can see them coming up to it before they reach it.
  • If there are parts of your yard that are too dark even during daylight hours (such as under trees), then installing additional lights will help create more visibility here as well as add some much needed illumination during evening activities such as barbecuing with friends outside on weekends after workdays spent indoors all day long while still needing something else interesting besides Netflix binge watching sessions every night!

Position your exterior lights to avoid shining through windows into living rooms, bedrooms or other spaces where people spend time.

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Avoid using floodlights or spotlights in areas that might glare into someone’s eyes or disturb their vision at night.

  • Avoid using floodlights or spotlights in areas that might glare into someone’s eyes or disturb their vision at night.
  • Don’t point lights at windows, as they can light up your home and blind you while you are trying to sleep. If a neighbor has a security camera on their house, they may want to avoid shining bright lights on it as well because it will obstruct the view of any cameras or security systems they have installed on their property.
  • Lights should also not be pointed directly at doorways and walkways so that people walking through them can see where they’re going without being blinded by bright lights shining down from above them.

The best way to make sure that outside lights don’t shine directly into anyone’s eyes is to turn them down or off completely during certain parts of the evening.

If you have outdoor lights that shine directly into the windows or bedrooms of your neighbors, it’s time to turn them down or off completely during certain parts of the evening.

The best way to make sure that outside lights don’t shine directly into anyone’s eyes is by simply turning them down or off during certain parts of the evening.

When installing an outdoor fixture, place it no higher than 8 feet from the ground so it doesn’t cast shadows on your property or create an eyesore for neighbors and passersby.

When installing an outdoor fixture, place it no higher than 8 feet from the ground so it doesn’t cast shadows on your property or create an eyesore for neighbors and passersby.

This is a good rule of thumb to follow when installing security lights as well–the lower they are, the better they’ll illuminate dark areas without casting shadows of their own.

When placing outdoor lights near trees or shrubs, be sure not to block their natural growth patterns with reflective surfaces like shiny metal casings on bulbs and fixtures like porcelain light covers.

When placing outdoor lights near trees or shrubs, be sure not to block their natural growth patterns with reflective surfaces like shiny metal casings on bulbs and fixtures like porcelain light covers.

Metal casings and porcelain covers can reflect light into the eyes of drivers, creating glare that may impair vision. Porcelain covers also offer a way for you to create a more attractive look for your home’s exterior lighting.

Decide how you want your house to look at night and then buy the right lights for the job

The first step in setting up exterior home lighting is deciding how you want your house to look at night. You can choose from a variety of styles, including simple and elegant or ornate and extravagant. If you’re going for something more subtle, consider using lights that blend in with the style of your house so they don’t call attention to themselves–you want people looking at the structure itself rather than its accoutrements.

The next step is choosing what kind of light source will work best for your needs: LEDs last longer than incandescent bulbs but produce less heat; fluorescent bulbs are more energy-efficient than incandescents but not as bright; halogen lights are brighter than incandescents but burn out sooner (and also give off heat). Also take into account how much money you’re willing to spend on each fixture–the more expensive ones may be worth it if they last longer than cheaper alternatives, but if all else fails there are plenty more options available on Amazon Prime Day!

Conclusion

Your home is your castle, so make it a beautiful one! The right exterior lights can make all the difference in how your house looks at night and what kind of mood it creates for passersby. If you’re planning on installing new outside lights or upgrading existing ones, keep these tips in mind as you go through the process.