Driveway Lights – Lighting Your Way Home
Author: James Descombes
Published: April 13, 2014
Lighting up your driveway with pretty lights does more than just make it look attractive when the sun goes down, it adds an extra layer of safety and security to your home too.
If you’re returning home late at night, driveway lights can guide your car safely into position so you don’t scrape your car or damage fencing or front garden furniture. Also during the winter months the added light they provide makes it easier to see children playing or any toys they may have left behind in the wake.
There are a number of choices to make when choosing the right sort of lighting for your driveway. The main factors that will affect your decision are the style of lighting you want and the type of installation required.
Installing your driveway lights:
Solar driveway lights:
These don’t require any electrical supply to light up your driveway; they simply work off the energy provided by the sun. It doesn’t even have to be bright outside for the lights to work; they store energy from normal levels of daylight.
Regular electrical current
Of course, you can run the electricity from your house out to the driveway, but you’ll need a qualified electrician to do this for you.
Choosing the perfect driveway lighting
When it comes to lighting a driveway, most people tend to opt for circular ground lights. They’re a popular choice because they give the driveway a really modern and stylish look, aren’t overly obtrusive and are relatively easy to install.
Ground lights are generally bought individually and come in a range of colours and shapes, meaning you can get creative and add character to your driveway.
Most ground lights should be able to withstand the weight of cars driving over them but where they are available on lighting-direct, we actually specify this. Our Adelpha Ground Light has a recessed design, so it can be safely and discreetly integrated into your driveway. It can be fitted with a low-energy or standard lightbulb, and has a polycarbonate diffuser built-in to reduce the amount of glare it gives off.
If keeping energy costs low is paramount to your choice of ground light, then the Acapulco Submersible Ground Light run off low-energy bulbs.
However, if maintaining the look and design of your current driveway is the most important factor in choosing driveway lights, we also offer square, large square and rectangle lights. These Messina Driveway Lights create a stunning look to your driveway, producing useful light and a bright welcome for visitors. They are however one of the exceptions to the drive-over rule and should be positioned for effect on the outer edges of the drive rather than where they will be actually driven over.
Driveway post lights:
Driveway post lights clearly mark out your driveway, making it easy to manoeuvre your car in and out of position when the light is low. They’re more likely to be seen in snowy weather than ground installed lighting, but they do take up more space and have a bigger visual impact than discreet spotlights.
However, if you’re looking to create some really dramatic outdoor style, these could be the lights for you. You can space them out along your driveway as you see fit, and even blend them into your rockery or garden features.
Whether you’re looking for a decorative, classic or modern look to your driveway, there are driveway posts to suit all tastes. For a modern, minimalistic approach to lighting up your driveway, take a look at our Durham Solar LED light post, which has a stainless steel body, and two bright LED lights at the top to help you lead your car into the driveway. The pole’s stainless steel design not only ensures that it looks great, but also protects it against the rain.
The sun, on the other hand, is this post’s friend, because it’s powered by solar energy. An Integrated monocrystalline solar panel is built into the post, which collects and stores energy from sunlight and uses it to power its LEDs. Bright sunshine isn’t required, so as long as there’s light available the post can fully charge and deliver 10 hours of brightness.
Other driveway light posts use different types of bulbs and different methods of lighting, such as the Helsinki Low Energy Pir Post light, which uses a low-energy screw bulb and an electricity supply to switch on the light whenever something comes within 12m of its motion sensor. Both low energy bulbs and LEDs require very little energy to deliver a lot of light, and LEDs in particular have a very long lifespan, before they need replacing.
Take a look at our full range of ground lights for driveways.
Need more inspiration? Checkout our Lighting Ideas section.