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How To Choose Outdoor Wall Lights

Author: Sarah Wigmore
Published: May 15, 2014

The breadth of choice of outdoor wall lights is huge so to make things easier when making your selection use a simple checklist. Firstly consider the size of the space that requires lighting; do you have a small porch area or a large patio to illuminate. Secondly think about the style and size of the outdoor wall light and how it will suit your setting. Finally think about the function of the light; is it a decorative fitting you are after or a more robust security light. Follow these 3 initial steps to start off your search.

Let’s take a look at some of the options out there - looking at both form and function.

Outdoor Wall Light Inspiration

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Security Lighting

If you have a larger space to illuminate and are looking for a practical and robust wall light with an integrated PIR motion sensor then the Apollo Wall Light is a strong contender, perfect for the front or rear of your property. The light activates when movement is sensed within a 12M, 180 degrees range; ideal for deterring intruders from a large deep garden.

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Contemporary Style

A carefully chosen outdoor wall light will enhance any exterior setting and will create a stylish impression if positioned strategically around your home.

If a contemporary light fitting appeals then why not take a look at the Scorpius Wall Downlight. This galvanised steel wall washer is designed to be positioned facing downwards and thanks to its polycarbonate diffuser provides an even distribution of light. It is, however, only IP23 rated so it needs to be installed in a sheltered area outdoors.

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Traditional Style

For an elegant and traditional outdoor wall light the Buckingham Wall Up Lantern will not disappoint. Part of a ‘classic’ collection, this handsome exterior light teams stainless steel with bevelled clear glass for an authentic look.

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Smaller Spaces

However small your outdoor area, don’t shy away from installing a wall light. Choose a compact streamlined fitting such as the Bamboo Wall Light – Standard for a sleek look. Alternatively, select a recessed piece of lighting such as the energy efficient Callisto Small Wall Light - 18 White LEDs which will take up very little room.

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Coastal Locations

The Geneve Up and Down Light - 40W – Graphite is a smart choice if you are looking for a striking designer light for positioning outside a property in close proximity to the sea. When selecting your exterior wall light always consider whether the outdoor space is sheltered or fully exposed to the elements. If the latter is the case then look for an outdoor wall light with a high IP rating for protection against harsh weather. In the case of coastal locations look for a fitting that is suitable for that climate. The Geneve carries an IP54 rating coupled with a 25 year anti-corrosion guarantee making it ideal.


Good outdoor wall lights, whether used to make a design statement outside your home or used as a multi-purpose security light need to be chosen carefully so they suit the area which needs illuminating. Ensure where possible that you select an energy efficient option.

Why not check out our full range of outdoor wall lights.

Or for more inspiration take a look at the Lighting Ideas section.