Outdoor soffits refer to the lighting installed in the underside of a roof, decking, balcony or porch. This type of lighting can be used to highlight special architectural features, such as large windows or patio doors, or add a lovely subtle background glow.
Used outdoors, soffits can be a discreet way of adding lighting to ensure you or your guests don’t stumble in the dark and can find your way safely. Adding soffit lights that have motion sensors are a modest form of security lighting that could help deter potential thieves.
There’s a whole range of different types of soffit lighting available that each have a different effect and intensity. Perhaps you have just completed an extension with a large patio area, in which case a smattering of spotlights will be a stunning finishing touch. Placed around garage doors or the perimeter of your home will help make your home feel secure and much safer at night. If you’re considering adding outdoor soffit lighting, make sure you select lighting that has a sufficient IP rating to ensure your lights withstand any damage from the wet weather. It also might be worth considering LEDs as these have a much longer life time than halogen lights and use far less electricity, too.