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Outdoor lighting for Architects and Designers

Author: Sarah Wigmore
Published: March 8, 2013

First impressions count. That’s why lighting is a key element in the process of designing the exterior of any new home. Driveways, paths, patios, decking and all outside areas can be enhanced by effective and attractive lighting solutions. Lighting Direct offers a comprehensive range of first class products to meet all your design and budget requirements.

Front of House

The approach to the house at night offers the first opportunity to create a vivid impression. Using LED floodlighting at the top of a driveway can produce a dynamic effect and illuminating boundary foliage can make a particularly powerful impact. A colour changing floodlight certainly makes a telling first impression. Good lighting in this area has the added benefit of providing a valuable element of security.

As cost efficiency is so important these days, floodlights can be bought with a dusk to dawn sensor option ensuring illumination only when required. At Lighting Direct you will find a selection of shatter-proof floodlights for use in all outdoor locations. We also offer a Slim-line High Power LED floodlight for narrower spaces where the emphasis is on design rather than pure functionality.

The Driveway

If you are aiming for a ‘runway’ effect for the driveway it’s worth considering the use of LED ground-lights or stake lights to highlight the route to garages and the front door. These ground-lights are now available in square or rectangular formats to make an even more eye catching design statement at the edge of the driveway.

The Entrance

Lighting Direct products also give you the opportunity to make a stylish entrance to the house itself. LED planters for example would fit the bill admirably. Choose a size to match the proportions of the doorway to ensure that the planters are not fully exposed to the elements. The crisp white light from this option provides a bright and welcoming zone.

Another option for the doorway could be LED wall lights. Aesthetically pleasing with a smart silver finish, Callisto Small Wall Lights for instance, can really add style to an external area. These recessed wall lights could also be fitted in the garage area to generate a pleasing and unified look.

The Garden

Despite the absence of Mediterranean weather, we British do like to spend time in our gardens. Patios and decking have become an increasingly popular feature of property development and offer great opportunities for the lighting designer to develop the right mood and ambience in this part of the garden. The right lighting enables al fresco entertaining to continue into the early hours providing the home-owner with extra living space. For the patio area, a whole range of ground and wall mounted lighting is available. For decking, consider the Metro Set of 10 Ground Lights for visually interesting impact. Once again, LED planters or carefully positioned floodlights highlighting climbing plants can bring this area to life after dark.

Whatever feature in the garden you want to illuminate – walls, paths, water features, plants – Lighting Direct has a solution. For example lighting can be a valuable design tool to enhance and highlight interesting brickwork and bring particular textures and finishes to life. Exterior LED tile lights are the ideal way to add interest to exterior walls and other solid surfaces.

Garden path lighting is also an important area and needs to be both functional and attractive. Interesting and innovative developments in design and technology have led to new products such as stone effect LED posts, which may have the finish that complements your garden design.

Illuminating lawns and borders with stake lights can look striking after dark. For a stylish contemporary design, take a look at the Marlow Garden Spotlight - Satin Silver. In the garden itself, specimen trees and shrubs would look very attractive with floodlighting.

A consistent look across all parts of the garden can easily be achieved with the extensive range of products available at Lighting Direct.

Why not browse our full range of outdoor lights.

Looking for more inspiration? Take a look at our Lighting Ideas section