Give me some modern outdoor lighting placement ideas...

Use modern outdoor lighting for a great way to give your home a whole new look during the day and night. To get ideas, think of lighting you need near your entryway, garage, and patio or balcony. You also need landscape lighting and fence or pillar lighting. Choose a common design theme is a great idea to tie everything together.


Anna Lee, The Lighting Lady, Certified Lighting Expert at Hansen Wholesale

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By Anna Lee,
the Lighting Lady
Certified Residential Lighting Specialist
at Hansen Wholesale

Anna Lee the Lighting Lady keeps your outdoor lighting project moving this week with a look at modern outdoor lighting. Only the Lighting Lady can help you get the ideas you need to make everything light up beautifully!

Outdoor Lighting Ideas: Modern Outdoor Lighting Placement (continued)

February 27th, 2017

In my last entry about outdoor lighting ideas, we talked about.... Well, rather, I explained and you dutifully listened, thank you.... We talked about fixtures to put by your entry and the importance of getting that choice right. Choose your entryway lighting idea and set the design theme for outdoor lighting.

Today we are (yes, I mean I am) going to talk about modern outdoor lighting ideas at the other locations. There are outdoor lighting fixtures you a) Need to, and b) Want to install.

There's a great deal more detail you can discuss with one of our lighting experts available on our phones. But, this should be a good primer. Today I focus on some of our newest modern outdoor lighting fixtures. This way, you won't end up with something your neighbor already has. But really, this advice applies to all styles of lighting.

I'm quite lucky, we spend many evenings eating and relaxing outdoors. Being in the lighting biz, I'm in a good situation for lots of outdoor living. I make sure that when the sun starts to go down, the outdoor living fun doesn't stop.

Let me help you do the same! Let's start with your Need To(s):

Most city codes require that you have a light fixture at each entry point into the house.

Garage door:

One or two outdoor lanterns or sconces. (Use the same formula from before. One quarter of your garage door height = the starting length or hieght of your fixture.)

Side Entry to Garage or Home:

Also called a "Man Door". One small lantern or "pocket lantern". This door is usually on the side of your house so I suggest a brighter flood light, maybe with a motion detector. There's rarely enough light on the side of a house so you want to be able to light it up if you need to.

Just make sure your motion detector doesn't flood your neighbor with light. In the middle of night. At the slightest wisp of breeze. No, really, your neighbor doesn't need 4000 candlepower through their window at 2am. Yes, James, I'm looking right at you. YES YOU JAMES. Adjust your motion detector, James. That is all, thank you.

Courtyard / Patio / Balcony:

One small Lantern or "pocket lantern". If you have a sliding door and this is the main light source, get two small lanterns. You want bright light and clear glass. Or, if you are not too concerned with the aesthetics of the fixture, one or two flood lights.

Now for the Want to(s):

Covered Patio and Barbeque Area:

If you have a covered trellis over your BBQ I recommend an outdoor ceiling fan with lighting. We have a large selection of UL List Wet-Rated ceiling fans that work perfectly for this setting. You can also do LED rope lighting around the trellis or string lights for a festive party look year round. I don't know about you, but I like parties!

Ground Lighting or Landscape Lighting:

Front of home planters, trees and walkways. You buy this type of lighting in "runs" - series of fixtures connected to each other and to one source of power. By far the best thing to do with these is to talk to a professional to figure out what you need. The power connected to the run is usually a low voltage transformer located outside. The lights closest to the transformer will be the brightest and may dim the further from the source. Landscape lighting can be easy. Buy a kit that includes a run of lights and a transformer. You can go with the intricate method, too, with placement around the yard.

Fence and Pilaster or Pillar:

You can light the perimeter of your fence. Or, if you have pillars around your home or at your walkway, light them. There are lanterns in families with different mounts. Match the fixtures around your home based on family and size and type of mount.

There are so many choices and so many options to outdoor lighting! This is just the surface, but it's a great start. Homes of all styles look great with modern outdoor lighting. But if you prefer a more classic look, don't let that stop you. I hope you are using these ideas! Start with what you need, add what you want and you too will be enjoying more outdoor living in no time at all.

I hope I helped to enlighten you!

- Anna Lee, the Lighting Lady
Certified Residential Lighting Specialist, Hansen Wholesale