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Lighting Your Outdoor Spaces

Enjoy the outdoors well into the evening with the right lighting. Outdoor lighting enhances the curb appeal of your home and creates a functional, inviting outdoor living space your family can enjoy for years to come.

Use landscape and path lighting along your driveway and walkways to make your home look welcoming and to provide guidance in the dark. Showcase your landscape with outdoor flood and spotlights aimed at gardens, entryways, or other fixtures around your home for instant nighttime curb appeal. A lamp post and lantern add a timeless aesthetic to your landscape while increasing safety along pathways and sidewalks. Illuminate an outdoor seating area or entryway after dark with attractive wall lights and sconces. Wall sconces not only accent your home’s exterior, but they also light the way to porches, patios, and doors.

Benefits of Solar-Powered & LED Lights Outdoors

If you're conscious of your home's carbon footprint and contribution to light pollution, consider an energy-saving solution. LED lights generally consume less energy, saving you money in the long run. And compared with other lighting options, LED lights emit fewer lumens and provide a softer glow. Dark Sky-approved lighting is another option. These lighting fixtures are fully shielded to minimize glare and reduce light trespass and skyglow, decreasing the amount of blue light in the nighttime environment. Set an outdoor timer to ensure your lights power on and off when you want them to—even when you're not home. Lighting timers can deter unwanted visitors after hours and help keep your property safe. Solar outdoor lights gather energy from the sun during the day and come on automatically at dusk. Most solar-powered lights provide up to eight hours of illumination.

Explore our tips for choosing outdoor lighting fixtures, and then browse a multitude of shapes, sizes, styles, and finishes in outdoor lighting at Riverbend Home to find the best options to complement any exterior décor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can outdoor lights get wet?

Yes, all outdoor lights can get wet to some extent. Outdoor light fixtures are rated either UL Damp or UL Wet for different amounts of weather exposure: Outdoor lighting rated “wet" can be installed in the yard, on a deck, or in another outdoor area where it’s directly exposed to the elements, but a light fixture with a “damp” rating is better to use in a completely or partially covered area, including a porch, a covered entryway or patio, or a screened-in sunroom.

What are the different types of outdoor lights?

There are five basic types of outdoor lighting fixtures:

  1. Decorative outdoor lighting, including outdoor chandeliers, flush- and semi-flush-mount outdoor ceiling lights, and porch pendant lights
  2. Wall-mounted lights, including outdoor sconces and wall lanterns
  3. Security lighting, including flood lights and motion sensor lights
  4. Landscape lighting, including path lights, recessed ground and well lights, and deck and step lights
  5. Outdoor floor and table lamps

What type of outdoor lighting is best?

The best outdoor lighting depends on your needs. Outdoor wall lanterns and sconces install on either side of a front or back door, while semi-flush and flush-mount outdoor lights or pendants are ideal for a porch. Outdoor string lights provide ambient or mood lighting on a deck or patio, and make a nice option for entertaining. For a pergola or covered patio that doubles as an outdoor dining space, opt for an elegant outdoor chandelier. Use landscape and security lighting, including path lights, spot lights, and flood lights, to illuminate special features in your yard and to make your home’s exterior safer.