Lighting Guide: Exterior
When designing your house, it is important to consider how to light the outside just as much as the inside, and there are several different options to consider when deciding the best for your home. Some options are garden spike lights, flood lights, wall lights, security lights and post lights to name a few that are available to you. Like bathroom lighting there is an IP chart to consider, with the lights being outside and exposed to rain they will need to be waterproof. As well as this there are lights which are splash proof and fully submersible if you are looking at buying lighting for a pool.
Lighting your exterior is vital especially when you are coming home at night, it keeps your pathways lit up and makes it able to see what you are doing in the morning. Security lights are also useful for this as they turn on based on proximity due to an internal sensor. Floodlights can also come outside, and certain models are included with PIR units to light up a large section of your exterior space when activated. Spike lights, however, allow you to light up specific areas of your garden if you wanted to highlight a certain feature in your garden. Pedestals are ideal for general lighting and letting people visiting know where they are going.
PIR and dusk to dawn motion sensors are usually available separately though can be found built on in some fittings. A PIR triggers by heat movement, which will then activate the light for an allotted time which can be set on the PIR unit. Dusk to dawn sensors work differentl, turning on at night and turning off in daytime.
Exterior lighting is great to have in summer especially for those who host a lot of barbeques or parties to allow the party to go on late at night. If you want to turn on your outdoor lights from inside waterproof sockets available with remote control to allow you to activate them remotely.