Exterior wall lighting can be both functional and decorative. It can serve a functional role, guiding the way to entry doorways and illuminating locks when returning home after dark. It can also be decorative, adding interest to exterior walls and highlighting architectural details.
Exterior wall lights are available in a range of styles from modern and contemporary to traditional lantern type lights. Depending on the age and architectural style of your property you might prefer a sleek and simple up and down light, or a larger statement piece such as an iron-look lantern.
The best choice of light also depends on the size of the space to be illuminated. Lights to be used outside are usually made from more robust materials such as metal and often have acrylic rather than glass lenses. LEDs are a popular choice for outside lights given their very long lifespan which minimises any maintenance.
Lights which are exposed to the elements outside need a higher IP rating. The rating required will depend on the placement and whether the light has any shelter from the weather.