The earliest dwellings used torches soaked in oil to provide light to night time visitors, friendly and unfriendly alike. The evolution of outdoor lighting changed with the styles and inventions of the times. As new lighting sources were discovered or invented, the style and size of the outdoor light also changed. Candles and oil gave way to gas lights, which needed to be lit every evening and turned off every morning, to electrical outdoor lighting that could be flipped on with a switch, to light sensitive fixtures that turned themselves on and off at dusk and dawn. Today's outdoor lighting can employ the classic forms and styles of the antique lanterns with their candles or the latest innovative designs. Wall sconces, lanterns, post lights and hanging lights can illuminate and show off the home at night.
The contemporary outdoor wall lightappears to be part sculpture as it becomes a subtle focal point on a wall or home exterior. The contemporary metal and glass design could look equally at home in a resort setting as it would on a contemporary or modern home exterior. Pair with other contemporary outdoor lights and landscape-lighting
for a continuous chic style across the exterior of the home and yard.