How to Light the Front of Your House
1. Path LightsA welcoming front yard begins with a stylish pathway that draws you in. The lower to the ground you can keep path lights, the less they will give off glare. Many path lights are designed to look good but not to effectively light up a path. A great way to keep path lights low to the ground is to add LED strip lights. The designers of this property concealed LED strip lights into the edge of the wooden boardwalk, helping to guide guests safely at night from the main house to the pool house.
2. Step LightsSome step lights shine light indiscriminately in all directions, including into your eyes. This makes it harder to see the steps and therefore more dangerous. These shielded newel-post deck lights do a much better job at directing light down onto the stairs and not into your eyes.
4. PendantsJust like lanterns, pendants above the door should either avoid bare bulbs completely or use low-wattage bulbs and dimmers. Never rely on lanterns and pendants for your main usable light, as they may constrict your eye’s iris and make it even harder to see in the dark.Use translucent glass in fixtures, such as milk glass or amber mica. A highly shielded fixture will also work, especially if it directs light downward.Browse outdoor hanging lights
5. SpotlightsMany spotlights and security lights make it harder to see because the light they emit is often aimed directly into your eyes, which might be good for catching burglars but not for anyone else. Instead, try directing spotlights at your home’s features, like brickwork, molding and eaves. This will provide light that helps us feel secure without making our guests feel unwelcome.
6. DownlightsStandard interior downlights are generally not a good choice for outdoors, as their wide light distribution equals increased glare. Instead, use deeply recessed downlights with the bulb or light source concealed in the ceiling. Adding dimmers will allow you to sufficiently light the porch.
Refer to this illustration for a reminder as to what type of exterior lighting to use and not use, and how to use them correctly to light up the front of your house.More6 Ideas for Lighting Your PatioSpring Patio Fix-Ups: 6 Ways to Light Your Outdoor RoomFind a landscape designer to integrate outdoor lighting