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4 Must-Know Factors for Choosing Exterior Lighting

4 Must-Know Factors for Choosing Exterior Lighting

Outdoor lights are an attractive way to elevate your landscape and highlight your home’s architectural features. However, there are a few things to consider as you pick out the perfect lights for your outdoor areas. Here are four must-know factors for choosing exterior lighting.


The first must-know factor for choosing exterior lighting for your home or business is location. So when you’re thinking about getting some outdoor lighting for your home, you’ll need to think about its best placements. Keep in mind a few spots that you feel would benefit from an outdoor light source. For example, you may want to highlight specific architectural features, light a pathway, or even add a floodlight to the garage. Whatever your preference, decide on a few locations for your exterior lighting to see what works best for you and your home.


Lumens are the second factor to consider when choosing exterior lighting. Lumens are the form of measurement for how bright a light is, so the higher the lumens, the brighter the light. It’s helpful to know how many lumens you need for exterior lights. Outdoor lighting will require anywhere from 50 to 2400 lumens. Things like pathway lights will typically need far fewer lumens, while something like a floodlight will need far more. Again, it’s entirely up to you and how bright you want your lights.


The third thing to consider for exterior lighting is style. There are so many different styles of exterior lighting options. For example, you have soffit lights, well lights, pendant lights, sconces, string lights, and much more. Consider which style will look best with the design of your home and how different lights may enhance certain features of the house. You also can add some lights for security purposes, such as floodlights. Find the options that work best for you and look beautiful on the exterior of your home or business.


Size is the fourth must-know factor when choosing exterior lighting. Now that you’ve chosen your location, lumens, and style, it’s time to consider the size. First, ask yourself if you prefer large or small lights or even a mixture of both. Small lights work fabulously to illuminate paths and walkways, while large lights work better as statement pieces and highlight other elements of the home well. Get creative with your choices and figure out what looks best to you.

Now that you have four must-know factors for choosing exterior lighting, you can begin selecting the best options for you and your home today. Have fun with it and enjoy the process as you elevate the exterior of your home with stunning lighting.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food.