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How to choose outdoor lighting 


A guide to exterior lighting by the Home Solutions Group


The nights are drawing in and the festive season will soon be upon us. As the clocks go back, arriving home in the dark will soon be the norm. Now is the perfect time to equip your home for the winter evenings and sort out your outdoor lighting. 


Outdoor lighting is a fundamental part of any home. Not only does it transform the atmosphere outside, but it also provides essential safety. Nobody wants to stumble up an icy pathway or steep steps in the dark – it’s an accident waiting to happen. A well-lit garden path or entrance ensures you can see exactly where you’re going, as well as adding ambience to your outdoor space. 


With a host of functional and decorative outdoor lighting options to choose from, here are some of the best ways you can light up your home for the winter months. 


Outdoor wall lights 


One of the most effective ways to brighten your doorway or porch is outdoor lighting for the front of the house. Wall lights emit a warm and welcoming glow, so you and your visitors can be greeted by a safe, well-lit entrance. They also make your front door and house number easily identifiable, which is particularly useful if you’re expecting parcel deliveries ahead of Christmas! 


Wall lights frame and add symmetry to the front of your home, so it pays to think about how you can create an impactful design statement. Whether it’s a traditional lantern style or a sleek wall sconce that washes your walls with an even distribution of light, wall lights have a transformative effect on your exteriors. 


Decorative lights  


Decorative lighting doesn’t have to be reserved for Christmas or special occasions. Thanks to advancements in quality and technology, you can make some stylish additions to your home’s exterior, while providing necessary illumination and safety. Outdoor festoon lights or tree lights create a chic, bohemian atmosphere, while modern pendant lights add a cool and contemporary vibe. With numerous damp and wet-rated (IP) options available, you can safely hang them from trees and pergolas and they will perform whatever the weather. 


Patio and garden lights 


With more lockdown restrictions afoot, many of us are thinking about how to optimise our homes as a place of solace and relaxation. It’s safe to say that our gardens and patios were a godsend over the summer, and the sales of outdoor heating products and pizza ovens have soared as homeowners prepare for the winter months and Covid-compliant socialising. Patio and garden lights are a perfect way to add a touch of cosiness to your outdoor space and bring the inside, out! Whether it’s post and pedestal lights to define pathways and corners, or outdoor decking lights to illuminate your garden walkway, there are plenty of ways to get creative while you enjoy a mug of mulled wine… or five! 


Driveway lights


If you have a driveway leading up to your property, it must be well illuminated. Poor visibility can lead to accidents – an easily avoidable headache. Driveway lighting  ensures you can see exactly where you’re positioning your car, so you don’t hear that dreaded crunching sound as you accidentally collide with a gatepost!


Pathway lights 


Being able to safely navigate your garden or patio is an absolute must. From floor lamps and bollard lights to discrete step lights and spotlights, it’s important to illuminate your pathways to avoid accidents – especially when it gets slippery and icy underfoot. 


Security lights 


Outdoor security lighting is a huge deterrent when it comes to break-ins and burglaries – a well-lit exterior looks far less appealing to intruders than a home that looks dark and unoccupied. From dawn to dusk sensors that automatically switch on when the light levels drop, to motion sensor security lights that illuminate the surroundings when movement is detected, there are a host of options to choose from. What’s more, LED lighting makes your CCTV picture clearer, so you can easily identify unusual activity around your property. You could also consider a Wisebox –  a device that enables you to control your outdoor electricals from anywhere in your garden or home. With a quick click, you can effortlessly operate your outdoor lighting via remote control. 


How to install outdoor lighting


Before installing any outdoor lighting, make sure it is suitable for outdoor use and is waterproof and durable. With this in mind, mains voltage outdoor lighting must be installed carefully by a qualified electrician. Any kind of electrical installation must comply with UK safety regulations and standards, so an electrician must be on hand to carry out the job. This will ensure that wiring and sockets are properly installed and protected from hazards. 


Is there an outdoor lighting electrician near me? 


Yes! The Home Solutions Group covers Hampshire, Surrey, and London. We specialise in a host of domestic electrical services, including outdoor lighting. As NICEIC approved contractors, we work to the highest possible standards covering all types of electrical installations. 


If you have any questions about lighting for your home, get in touch with our friendly team and we’ll be happy to help you out!