Outdoor Lights Buying Guide
Discover all the possibilities for outdoor lights and the best options for illuminating your home. From patio lights to landscaping lighting, learn which light fixtures you need for your outdoor living space!
What are UL Ratings?The UL mark on a light fixture indicates its rating based on dry, damp, and wet locations.
UL Listed for Damp Locations: Marked as “suitable for damp locations,” these light fixtures can be installed in outdoor locations that are periodically subject to condensation or moisture, such as a covered porch or patio.
UL Listed for Wet Locations: Light fixtures marked with “suitable for wet locations” are safe to use in areas where the electrical components of the fixture may encounter water or other liquids. Ideal outdoor locations for these lights include pergolas, gazebos, exterior walls, uncovered porches and patios, decks, and walkways.
Front Porch Lighting Ideas
Consider the style of light compared to the decor on the rest of your front porch. For a retro look, try hanging antique looking wall sconces. For a modern ambiance, go for matte black fixtures.
Side of the House Lighting Ideas
Try adding landscape lighting along the pathway to the backyard. This will not only illuminate the way for guests but will also give some TLC to an area of your landscape that is otherwise ignored.
Backyard Lighting Ideas
Decorative: Lighting like lanterns, Tiki torches, and string lights offer a decorative element to your outdoor living area. Try hanging string lights in the underside of your gazebo or adding lanterns to your patio side tables for some ambient lighting.
Functional: Looking for a more practical use of outdoor lighting? Outdoor wall lights are perfect for brightening up a back patio or outdoor dining area. Deck stair lighting and post lighting is a great way to illuminate your backyard deck and is also a safety feature. Most post lights and deck stair lighting come in solar powered varieties, so you’ll be saving the planet too!
Security: Adding flood lights to your back patio is a great choice for security reasons. You can also install a motion sensor to keep away any unwanted critters in the night.
Learn about different light bulb types, shapes, colours, and more. From LED to Bluetooth enabled, find the perfect light bulb for your home.
Does your landscape need a refresh? Learn how to make simple upgrades like adding planters, giving your lawn some TLC, and other cost-effective ways to update your front lawn or backyard.