How to Buy Outdoor Lighting Buying Guide – Lamps Plus

How to Buy Outdoor Lighting Buying Guide – Lamps Plus

How to Buy Outdoor Lighting. This series will help you find the right outdoor lighting for your needs. Shop outdoor lighting at Lamps Plus:


There are many different types of outdoor lighting. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular types.

Wall Lights serve as classic porch, garage, or patio lights.
Durable and attractive, they can be mounted on nearly any vertical surface, allowing you to instantly brighten your home or outdoor area.

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Ceiling Lights & Hanging Lights are the perfect option for covered porches or verandas.

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Post lights are fixtures that mount on top of poles. They’re usually placed in open-air settings such as driveways and pathways.

Post mount lights can also be placed on top of a columns or walls, but you will need a mounting adaptor.

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Pier mount lights are similar, but are specifically designed to go on top of flat surfaces such as columns and walls.

Security lights include motion sensor and dusk to dawn lights. These lighting options are the best solution for creating a safe and secure property.

Landscape lighting is a low voltage system separate from outdoor wall lights and ceiling lights.
To create a rich layered look in your garden or outdoor space, use a combination of spot, path and floodlights in your garden or outdoor space.

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Here’s how to pick the right size lights for your outdoor space:
If you have space for only one light, choose one that’s about one-third the height of the door.

If you have room for two lights, choose fixtures that are at least one-fourth the height of the door.
If you have double doors, the fixtures can be a little larger than one-fourth of the door height.

When choosing hanging lights, choose a design that is in proportion to the dimensions of the covered porch or patio.

Make sure your space is tall enough to accommodate a hanging light. If you have a larger space, consider multiple fixtures.

For spaces that can’t accommodate hanging lights, ceiling mounted lights are a great solution.

Security Lighting: Motion Sensor & Dusk to Dawn
When shopping for security lights, look for features, such as motion sensors and dusk to dawn.

Motion Sensor Lights are triggered to turn on by nearby movements, making them ideal as security lights and for low-traffic areas. The range and detection angle of motion sensors vary by design.

Dusk to Dawn lights have special photo sensors which automatically turn on and off with the setting and rising of the sun. They are a hassle-free way to ensure your outdoor lighting is on only when needed.

Many outdoor lights offer both motion sensor and dusk-to-dawn features. These automatic lights add safety and offer energy-saving benefits.

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Outdoor lights are designed to be used in Wet or Damp rated locations.

Here’s the difference between the two: Wet Rated, or Wet Location lights are designed for use in areas directly exposed to wind and rain. Outdoor wall lights, spot lights, deck lights and post lights are all wet rated.

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  1. Ryil Adamson on May 26, 2023 at 9:22 am

    Thank you.

  2. Pinktip Toes on May 26, 2023 at 9:39 am

    How do you figure size of the garage lighting by garage doors?

  3. Nick N on May 26, 2023 at 9:46 am