Choosing the Best Outdoor Lighting to Fit Your Needs

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There are so many options when it comes to outdoor lighting. You can have lamps, or lights mounted to the walls, hanging lights, or colorful lights. It all depends on your needs and style. This article will go over the different kinds of outdoor lighting and how to choose the best lighting to fit your needs. 

Outdoor Lighting Types

Entryway Lights

There are a couple of different choices you can make for entryway lights. This category includes the lights that you’d have right outside your front or back door.

Hanging Light. A hanging light’s length can be adjusted so you don’t have to settle on a particular length. A lot of people like that about hanging lights. The bad part is that hanging lights can get broken a lot easier because they can sway in the wind and hit the edge of the house, or get in people’s way.

Wall Mounted Lights. These are good because they stay solid in one spot. You cannot adjust it’s height or length however.

Walkway Lights

This category includes lights that help illuminate the path up to your door.

Pathway Lights. Pathway lights come in sets and are very low to the ground. Typically people have these lights on both sides of the walkway.

Post Lights. Post lights are another option for walkway lighting. Posts are a lot larger than pathway lights, and do not come in sets. They are also called lamp posts or light posts. They usually sit in somewhere in the middle of your yard.

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Patio Lighting

This category includes lights for back porches, patios, or decks.

Ceiling Fans. These are a great option for patio lighting. They have a dual purpose because they also provide some cool air on a hot day. If you like to sit on your porch, especially when it’s hot, this is a great option.

String Lighting. String lighting is very decorative and creates a great ambiance. They have a soft glow, and make everyone feel more at home. This category includes rope lighting. String lighting is a great choice for the stylish individual. 

Lanterns. Another good choice for someone who is into style and ambiance. Lanterns can be set all around the patio to provide gentle light for friends and family.

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Security Lighting

This category includes lights that are best at reducing the risk of break-ins and increasing security.

Motion Sensored Lighting. This is the very best option for security. These lights turn on when it senses motion within a certain distance of it. Most burglars will run off if a light turns on, they don’t want to risk being seen. This is probably the single best lighting for security purposes. You don’t have to make sure your back door light is always on to deter burglars, the motion sensored light will do the work for you.

Summing Up

There are so many different kinds of outdoor lighting. There are many more kinds of outdoor lighting you can choose from, that are not included on this list. However, this list is a great place to start when you are trying to determine the right outdoor lighting for your needs. Whether you’re looking to create a great spot for friends and family to gather, or trying to increase security around your house, there is an option for you. 

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