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Outdoor Lighting

Design Tips:

  • Outdoor lighting increases security and curb appeal at night. Chose a variety of outdoor lights to create a lighting profile for the home.
  • Vary the wattage of outdoor lights. Lower wattage lighting is better for landscape and accent lighting. Brighter wattage should be used near entrances.
  • When designing an outdoor lighting profile, select a single metal finish for all outdoor lights for a cohesive design.
Outdoor lighting has illuminated homes and buildings for centuries before the invention of electricity. Earliest outdoor lights used candles, oil, and later gas, to light drives, walkways and entrances. Outdoor lighting can be used for security applications as well as to enhance the appearance of a home, building or landscape at night. Outdoor lighting can be a spot light for a specific area, a diffused overhead light or wall light, as well as low wattage accent lights. There are an almost infinite number of combinations of outdoor lighting possible to illuminate an exterior at night.


Like interior lighting, outdoor lighting is available in a wide array of styles, finishes and types. There is an outdoor light to suit any exterior architectural style. Traditional finishes and metals include brass, antiqued bronze and cast-aluminum construction. Contemporary finishes may include chrome, stainless steel and aluminum. Glass styles also vary between clear, wavy water, seeded glass with bubbles, ribbed and fluted glass as well as opal, frosted and etched. The combination of style, metal finish and glass is almost infinite.


Outdoor lighting can be used as both functional and decorative lighting on a home or building exterior. Outdoor lights can be used to highlight architectural or landscape features in addition to providing security at entrances and garages. Outdoor wall lights can be mounted near front doors, back doors and side entrances as well as garage doors. Barbeque lights can be used to illuminate the grill for nighttime cooking. Outdoor hanging lights can be hung on porches and lanais to wash the area in soft, overhead light.


At Arcadian Home, outdoor lighting can be found by such leading designers as: Kichler , Dabmar, Maxim, Hinkley, Access Lighting, Craftmade, Designers Fountain, Troy Lighting, Progress Lighting. For additional landscape lighting, browse our wide selection of outdoor and landscape lights.

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.
Access Lighting Nyami Contemporary Outdoor Wall Sconce pictured here is a stylish example of contemporary outdoor lighting that is as sleek and modern as any other contemporary design today. The silver chrome finish houses a frosted glass panel in a low profile design.
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.

Q & A of the Day

  • What are the measurements of the base mount plate?
    Kim Sep 09, 2013
    The Designers Fountain Westchester Outdoor Wall Sconce - DF-30511-RS back plate dimensions are as follows: 4 and 3/4 inches in width and 5 and 5/8 inches in height.
    Robert - Arcadian Home Sep 09, 2013

New Customer Review

Buyer Beware Fades in sunlight

This lantern faded in the sunlight and it is now grey in the front.
Linda Ricci, Oct 25, 2015

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