Outdoor Lighting Buyer’s Guide - Top 6 Outdoor Lighting Trends
Outdoor Lighting Buyer’s Guide - Top 6 Outdoor Lighting Trends
June 17, 2022

Outdoor Lighting Buyer’s Guide - Top 6 Outdoor Lighting Trends

We all love reaping the rewards of a well-planned and thoughtful outdoor space, adding charm, ambience and security can completely transform the way you entertain and live practically in your home. But, planning your outdoor lighting can be a research-heavy, confusing and expensive exercise! With over 20 years of experience in the Lighting industry, we have the expert knowledge to have you in a perfectly lit outdoor space in no time! We’ve gathered our top 6 outdoor lighting products and trends to help you transform evenings at home into pure bliss!

1. Spotlights

Armed with some trusted spotlights you’ll be on your way to a well lit and protected outdoor space! Spotlights are a great all-around outdoor light, they offer awesome visibility with bright and directional light output. These guys are a great alternative to floodlights and work perfectly to light up backyard spaces without casting unnecessary light into your neighbouring properties. Spotlights normally have solid IP ratings, making them sturdy and weather resistant. Check out our range of spotlights today in-store or online and talk to one of our lighting experts to find the perfect light to suit your space!

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2. Festoon & Strip Lighting

Perfect for warmer months, festoon and strip lights are a great addition to provide awesome aesthetics and a moody entertaining space for you and your guests! The possibilities are endless with easy DIY installation of festoon lighting, we normally see our customers swing these across their balconies, gardens and seating areas to create a picturesque backyard. Complete your outdoor aesthetic with some strip lighting! Adding elements of strip lighting near your walkways, gardens or even archways can create a lux look throughout your backyard. You can highlight some of your favourite elements with the strip or use it mainly for the functional benefit to see pathways, either way, it’ll help bring complete backyard bliss into your gatherings. For a festive look all year round check out our festoon lights, or if you want to add that extra flair in your backyard, take a look at outdoor strip lighting!

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3. Sensor Lights

Sensor lights are probably one of the most highly requested outdoor lights that we receive! This unique type of outdoor light can provide peace of mind and safety for you and the family by switching on when it detects physical movement. Sensor lights work perfectly at an entryway or driveway to a property by effectively lighting your surroundings without having to click a button. Better yet, sensor lights can alert you and the family if there is ever someone entering your property. Most importantly, you can pick your sensor light to suit the sensitivity that you are looking for! You might want a sensor light with a vast distance range or one with a close-up distance so that it doesn’t turn on from smaller movements (ie, leaves blowing in the wind).

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4. Garden Lights

One of the most effective ways to illuminate particular areas of your outdoor spaces is with garden lights! There are all types of sizes, shapes and colours available in garden lights with bollard lighting and spike lighting being among some of the most popular garden lights across the range. We mostly see our customers use their garden lights to illuminate their favourite plants and natural areas. When used correctly, garden lights can really elevate the overall feel and look of your space! Another popular reason for garden lights is the functional and safety benefits of seeing the boundary lines of your property. Check out our vast range of garden lights today and design your unique outdoor entertaining space today!

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5. Wall & Pillar Lights

You can never go wrong with adding some decorative and functional wall and pillar lights in your outdoor areas! Exterior wall lights can be mounted to your home’s outdoor walls while pillar lights tend to be located near walkways or gardens to illuminate the ground. Our customers mostly look at adding wall and pillar lights in their outdoor areas for the overall ambience and aesthetics when entertaining in particularly. Check out some of our most popular outdoor wall & pillar lights.

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6. Step Lights

Step lights can be used for a wide of reasons, we most commonly see people enquiring about step lights to provide some extra safety and visuals in the outdoor spaces as well as enhancing the overall design and aesthetics of their space. Step lights offer a soft glowing light for an effective way to identity step locations. Applications of step lights can vary, with some of our customers using them on the floor, on stairs or near railings to cast a soft illumination across the area. Ask one of our friendly lighting experts today about installing step lights in your outdoor space!

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Are there any considerations or recommendations for integrating different types of outdoor lighting fixtures, such as spotlights, festoon lights, and sensor lights, to create a cohesive and visually appealing outdoor lighting design?

Integrating different types of outdoor lighting fixtures requires careful planning to ensure a cohesive and visually appealing design. It's essential to consider the purpose of each fixture and how they will work together to illuminate the outdoor space effectively. For example, spotlights can be used to highlight specific features or areas, while festoon lights and strip lighting can add ambiance and mood. Mixing these elements strategically can create layers of light and enhance the overall atmosphere of the space. Additionally, considering factors such as colour temperature, brightness levels, and control options can help achieve the desired lighting effects.

Can you provide guidance on the best placement and spacing for outdoor lighting fixtures, such as spotlights, sensor lights, and garden lights, to ensure optimal illumination while also enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the outdoor space?

Placement and spacing of outdoor lighting fixtures play a crucial role in achieving optimal illumination and enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the space. When determining the placement of spotlights, sensor lights, and garden lights, it's important to consider factors such as the size and layout of the outdoor area, the intended use of each fixture, and any potential obstacles or focal points. For example, spotlights should be positioned to minimise glare and shadows while still providing adequate illumination, while sensor lights should be strategically placed to detect motion effectively. Additionally, spacing between fixtures can vary depending on the brightness and coverage area of each fixture, as well as the overall desired lighting level.

Are there any energy-efficient or environmentally friendly options available for outdoor lighting, and how do they compare in terms of performance and durability to traditional lighting options?

There are several energy-efficient and environmentally friendly options available for outdoor lighting, including LED fixtures, solar-powered lights, and low-voltage systems. LED lights consume less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and have a longer lifespan, making them a cost-effective and sustainable choice for outdoor lighting. Solar-powered lights harness energy from the sun, eliminating the need for electrical wiring and reducing electricity costs. Low-voltage systems use less power and are safer to install, making them ideal for DIY projects or areas where electrical codes are strict. Additionally, LED fixtures and solar-powered lights are available in a variety of styles and designs, allowing homeowners to choose options that complement their outdoor space while reducing their carbon footprint.