Besides being the perfect way to jazz up your outdoor space, some exterior lights can also add an additional level of security to it. That being said, here are the different types you ought to consider.
Without a doubt, sconces are among the most commonly used options of outdoor lighting Australia wide. When it comes to choosing sconces outdoor lighting Australia stores offer a vast range including modern, contemporary, vintage or traditional designs. Some of these wall-mounted lights are electric, while some of are solar-powered. If you decide to opt for solar ones, keep in mind that they need to be installed in a location that gets a lot of sun on a daily basis, otherwise, they won’t work properly.
Types of Outdoor Sconces
Flush Mount Lights
Flush mount lights are mounted flush to the wall and not on an arm that protrudes from it. Unlike in the past, nowadays, you can choose from a large selection of exterior flush mount sconce lights that are available in many styles.
Semi Flush Mount Lights
Unlike the case with flush mount, these are not directly attached to the wall. Instead, they are attached to an arm that connects to a plate which is installed on an exterior wall. Barn lights are the most popular ones that belong to this category.
Almost all types of wall lanterns are considered semi flush mount sconces as they are attached to an arm that’s attached to a plate. And it’s the plate that’s installed to the exterior wall. Just like the other types, wall lanterns are also available in different styles, and they are mainly used as accent lights rather than for security purposes.
Landscape lights are usually used for illuminating the green and floral areas of the exterior. Except for emphasizing things, these lights are great for preventing crime as they provide lots of illumination.
If you consider yourself skilled for the job, installing them is really easy. First you need to line them 2.5 – 3 metres apart while making sure there is no grass (you can get rid of it with a shovel) in the installation area. Once done, create a trench of about 7.5cm, insert the low-voltage electrical cable and bury it. Next, connect the cable to an outdoor electrical outlet and prepare the holes for the fixture’s stake with a screwdriver and insert the lights into the metal ground stake.
Although it’s not that difficult, if you don’t have any experience with working with electricity, it’s better to contact a professional electrician for the installation process.
Motion Sensor Lights
As the name implies, these lights have a motion sensor which consists of small electronic pieces that can detect infrared waves that radiate when things move. And since humans, animals and cars radiate a considerable amount of heat, when detected, these lights turn on automatically. Motion sensor lights can be installed in any outdoor area you want and they come in various different models. For their installation, it’s better to call a professional as they need to be installed in a specific way as to prevent fooling the detector.
Floodlights provide wide-reaching lighting that can cover large areas. The best thing about these lights is that they can illuminate hidden nooks that are quite difficult to see.
For their installation you’ll need to find a high point and locate the power source. Then you need to create a hole and fit the light and the electrical cable through it. After that, you can connect it to a power source and run a few tests to see whether the installation process was successful or not.
Spotlights offer direct and focused light on specific areas which is why they are mainly used as accent lighting for landscaping. For instance, they are used in doorway areas, to illuminate signage, fixtures or some other details. Unlike floodlights which spread the light across a wide area, spotlights focus their beams in narrow lines which are directed towards a specific thing (key areas like trees, signs, statues, waterways or pools).
For their installation first you will have to locate the GFCI outlet and place the power pack nearby. The next step is to select the spotlight area and then determine the trench line before digging for the cable. Once done, it’s time to assemble the spotlight, dig a hole for the stake and drive the light in. When done, connect the spotlight to the power source and connect the power rack to the outlet. Simple as that.