How to ensure good outdoor lighting in gardens and facades

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How to ensure good outdoor lighting in gardens and facades

The outdoor areas of the home in capital smart city are places of comfort and relaxation and are extremely important to have good lighting. In addition to providing greater security at night, the external lighting enhances the landscaping and illuminates the circulation areas, all to provide greater comfort.

However, some care must be taken with outdoor lighting, as they are exposed to rain in uncovered areas and can become too hot and overload the energy in covered areas.

Therefore, we have separated some tips for you to think about your external lighting. Check out!

Outdoor Lighting Tips

1. Lamp suitable for outdoor lighting

Choosing the right lamp is important, as it can influence both the result of your project and your pocket, as it can reduce your electricity bill.

LED lamps have a long lifespan and also generate less electricity consumption, making you save at the end of the month. They also have a low temperature, which is great as it means that your plants are not harmed by the heat emitted by the light.

2. Positioning of lights

Thinking strategically about where the points of light will be is extremely important. You must consider the issue of safety, comfort, and of course, aesthetics.

As the lighting will only be seen at night, a good tip is that you plan all your light points during this period, so you will be sure which are the places that need more attention.

3. Effects and highlights for outdoor lighting

Use your outdoor lighting as a form of landscaping and decoration and, for that, you can create light effects and highlight at some strategic points.


Vegetation itself is a very interesting design object and to make it stand out even more you can place points of light between your vegetation.

Left green wall and left palm trees, both with external lighting. 1. Illuminated vegetation.

This creates the shadow effect, known as the jungle effect. Using this outdoor lighting trick, your garden or backyard will look much more highlighted and interesting.

Ornamental plants

If you have ornamental plants, which are those rare flowers, decorated flower beds, and shrubs that have their stylized pruning, lighting will highlight them.

Water mirrors or swimming pools

Submerged lighting is a wonderful tip to highlight and add more charm and refinement to your environment.

Outdoor pool with wooden deck bordered by lawn. Submerged lighting.

For this type of outdoor lighting, it is interesting to use projected spots, whether you want to use submerged lighting or if you want it to stay out of the water.

4. Color temperature

There are two types of color temperature when we talk about lights, there are lights with warmer colors, having yellowish tones, and also with cooler colors, white tones.

Two images of the same living room, the right with warmer lights and the left with cooler colors. Lighting temperature.

Therefore, the choice of tone will directly influence the result, remembering that the choice will depend on your objective.

If you prefer, you can also use colored lights, but remembering that exaggeration is never good and can leave your space inelegant.

5. Installation of automatic sensors for outdoor lighting

We already know that using lighting to help with security is important, but leaving the light on all night may not be interesting as it increases your energy bill.

For this reason, a good solution is to bet on automatic switch-on sensors, as this way the light will only switch on when you need it, which will help you save a lot of energy.

There are two types of sensors, the lighting sensor, and the motion sensor. Lighting makes its lights turn on as soon as the outside light starts to fade, but it will stay on all night long. As for movement, it makes its lights come on whenever someone approaches.

6. Beware of electrical installations

Remember that the outdoor area can have a lot of circulation for children and pets, so it is very important to think about this issue, as there are possibilities of short circuits, among other accidents.

The installations must also be thought of for the sake of practicality, as the lighting points and outlets must be well installed before starting the renovation, since, after any change, this can be a much more laborious process.

For these reasons, it is always good to have a qualified professional to carry out your installations.

Types of Garden Lighting

1. Garden posts

Lampposts fuse lighting with style; There are several sizes and shapes for them, so you can choose the one that best fits your garden.

Lamppost in a garden, an option for outdoor lighting. Lamp post for gardens.

You can choose to use all the same or merge their size. Another tip is to enhance your garden decor by placing benches between the posts, which will give your space an air of French decor.

2. Light cords

They are being used more and more in the decoration of rooms and parties, as they add style and charm to their environment. In garden lighting, it’s no different and you can find them in various models.

Outdoor garden with lawn, armchairs and trees, external lighting is provided by light strings. Strings of light hanging from the trees.

Its use can be done in pergolas, trees, walls, to get around any furniture you have in your garden, among other places, that is, you can abuse your creativity with them.

If you like colored lights, you can use them to make the environment more fun and spontaneous.

3. Garden reflectors

Reflectors direct the light to a specific point to make the object stand out, and some models are articulated, making it even easier to direct the light towards the object.

Light reflector directing lighting to the outdoor landscaping. Reflector to highlight vegetation.

The most used models of reflectors for external lighting are the LED ones, which use sunlight, and the electric ones, but they adapt to different types of lamps.

4. Sconces

Sconces are those wall lamps and can be found in various shapes, designs and materials. They can support various types of lamps, but, speaking of the external part, the most used are fluorescent and LED.

Outdoor garden with swimming pool and vegetation. In the background, the wall sconces highlight the plants. Sconces to highlight the vegetation.

They are used as indirect light. Depending on the model used, it can light either up or down. If your model has the light directed upwards, they illuminate the environment more; now, if the light is down, what will be highlighted is the one closest to the wall.

Types of external lighting for facades

1. Sconces for facade

These can also be used for your facade as they create different light and shadow effects. So, in addition to lighting, you guarantee a modern design for your facade.

2. Spots

The spots can be used as direct light, providing greater prominence in certain areas and angles of your façade.

House, with cement coating and wood details. Facade using spots.

They can also be used to demarcate the passage, on paths such as corridors and entrances.

3. Facade reflectors

They can be positioned in a way that enhances the different textures and materials that were used to compose your facade.

After so many tips, are you already imagining your space with some of these types of outdoor lighting? Be creative and make the most of your spaces, but always remember to have the help of a professional to carry out the installations!