Outdoor lighting can be both functional and decorative. It can help to maximise the usage of outside spaces such as a patio, illuminate the entrance to a property and provide a security feature.
There are special considerations to bear in mind for outdoor wall lights. Firstly, how the outdoor light will be powered. Is there a mains supply for the fitting or do you need a fixture which is solar powered? Secondly, as exterior wall lights are exposed to the elements, you will need a light with a suitable IP (ingress protection) rating. The IP rating determines how well protected the fitting is from moisture, dust or debris.
Outside of practical considerations, there is a huge variety of exterior wall lighting to choose from. As with the interior of a home, exteriors can reflect your taste and decor style. The light fittings on the outside of your home can be a link between the decoration of your home and the style of your garden.
Depending on the age and architectural style of your house you might prefer a simple and modern up and down light or spotlights, or a more traditional hanging lantern or classic carriage or coach light. There are types ranging from vintage sconces to colonial style fixtures to sleek downlights. Black and white fixtures may be some of the most common, but there are a wide range of other finishes available such as stainless steel.
External wall lights are often used for security. These lights will usually have a sensor which activates the light when motion is detected within a certain range of the fitting.
An outdoor wall light will usually be made from more robust materials such as steel and often have acrylic rather than glass lenses. LED lamps are a popular choice for outside lights given their very long lifespan which minimises any maintenance.