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A Guide To Outdoor Lighting

At Premier Lighting we have an abundance of weather resistant Outdoor Lighting to choose from but it can be difficult buying the right lighting for your needs. To simplify the task we’ve put together a guide to help our customers choose the right outdoor lighting for their exterior living space.

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Identifying Your Outdoor Lighting Needs

  • What is the main purpose for your lighting needs.  Is it to decorate a landscape, to illuminate a path or driveway, provide ambient light for outdoor living in the warmer months or to deter intruders and provide basic security.
  • Security lights are a great way to deter intruders but their position can be an annoyance to your neighbours.  Making sure their location is suitable to all parties involved.
  • The size of the area you want to illuminate is a massive factor when considering outdoor lighting.  Creating a warming outdoor living space would only require a few lights perfectly placed but this wouldn’t be sufficient for security lighting in a wide area.  Something like a flood light might be more ideal.
  • Also something to consider is how is your new lighting going to be powered.  Ambient mood lighting can be solar powered and is a really good cost effective way to make your garden glow at night.  Solar powered lights need the sun to be positioned in the sun during the day so that their batteries charge by the sun and then at night they will automatically switch on and provide a lovely warming glow.  For higher powered lights cabling will be required.  Ideally its best to take advice from a qualified electrician to advise you on IP rated cabling.

 

Task Lighting

Usually task lighting is required around doorways, porch areas and entrances to provide valuable illumination for you and your visitors.  Using lanterns in porch areas can give an inviting glow when arriving to a property.  Outdoor wall lights are commonly used by doorways to give valuable light when unlocking front doors.  Flush fitting lights for side walk ways are useful when space is limited.  Use task lighting to light up BBQ areas to make the most of our summer months.

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Accent and Decorative Lighting

Use accent lighting to produce the perfect feature lighting in your outdoor living space.  Spotlights are a great way to focus light onto you’re garden features.  Used around ponds, jacuzzis and water features can give stunning reflections at night.  Lamp posts can be a practical source of light but also become an impressive regal feature.

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Pathways and Patio/Decking Lighting

Using lighting for safety purposes in areas like driveways, large steps and seating areas.  Deck lights can be mounted into your decking to illuminate steps and pathways.  If you require lighting for a pathway, avoid placing lights opposite each other.  This will make your pathway look like a runway, a look that is best avoided.

To light up a whole patio area a flood light with a wide beam can be used to flood the area with light, for best results mount the light at least two meters off the ground..

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Energy Efficient and Solar Lighting

Using energy-efficient outdoor lighting in the garden can be up to 80% cheaper to run.

LED lights are a favoured choice as they are a lot more energy efficient.  A LED light will burn as bright as a normal incandescent bulb but at only 20% of the energy consumption and last ten times longer.

Solar lighting is environmentally friendly and doesn’t require electricity.  Specially designed batteries store up energy from the sun during the day and automatically switch on at dusk to provide soft light for several hours.

Make sure your solar lights are positioned in a bright, sunny are where a low level ambient glow will be welcome in the evening.

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Light Bulb Fittings

Lights take various sizes and types of bulb. Typical fittings include: Bayonet Cap (BC), Small Bayonet Cap (SBC), Edison Screw (ES or E27) and Small Edison Screw (SES or E14).

 

IP Ratings Explained

Lighting that is to be used outdoors must come with an Ingress Protection rating (IP rating).  The ratings are normally seen the letters IP followed by two numbers.  The first number represents the protection against solid objects and the second indicated the protection against water.  The second number is the one to be concerned about.  This ranges from zero to eight, the higher the number, the greater the protection.  IP44 and IP43 ratings are common for outdoor light fittings, but fittings with ratings as low as IP23 can also be used outdoors as they are fully rainproof.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to guide you.

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