When selecting outdoor lamps, it is important to consider where you need light, and what purpose the light must serve. The many types of outdoor lamps include lamps for the front door, the building facade, driveway, garage, shed, garden, terrace and balcony. Here is a guide to where you can place the different lamp types and what is important to consider.
Placement of outdoor lights:
A good light is important for finding your way by the front door, is welcoming for your guests and increases the feeling of security when you need to let yourself in or find the stairs in the darker hours of the day. For example, pick one - or two - wall lights to mount next to the door, or position an outdoor plafond lamp above the front door.
The aesthetic element, with regard to outdoor lighting, can be supported by wall lights on the building facade. These come in several forms and with many features that make it possible to create a certain mood. Here, you can distinguish between functional and decorative lighting, as well as play with both upward and downward light - e.g. wall lamps with patterned light diffusers or spike lights that throw light up against the facade.
It is important to light the way to the house, so that it looks inviting and guides you in safely. Wall lamps can be placed along the driveway, if you have a wall or a fence here. Inground spots can be mounted in the pavement or gravel, if you have a narrow driveway. If, however, you have more space and a broader driveway, garden lights can be mounted in flower beds or along the driveway. This creates a beautiful and complete look that is guiding and welcoming from the driveway.
Our outdoor areas are increasingly used as an extra room where we organise ourselves with fascinating details and focus on comfort and function, also reflecting the general style of the house. Light on the terrace is practical and can also create atmosphere and extend the use of the outdoor space.
For example, use string lights in the sunshade or in the bushes around the terrace to create a cosy and dimmed lighting. You can also benefit from using portable lights on the terrace, such as our Fuse lamp, which is available as both a flower bed and table lamp. Fuse is practical, because you do not depend on a permanent power installation. It only requires access to a power outlet and perhaps an extension cable.
If you live in an apartment with a balcony, you can easily make it extra cosy with outdoor lighting. Mounting wall lights can create a beautiful and decorative effect. Remember to make sure that they are not blinding. Choose a bulb that is not too strong. An easy but efficient solution may be to use a string light and wrap it around the railing or hang it decoratively on the wall.
Here, it is important to be able to find your way around and have good working lighting. Spots, work fixtures or outdoor plafond lamps can be mounted in the ceiling of the garage, the carport or the shed, where wall lights can be placed outside on the garage wall. We advise the use of the same wall lights as on the building facade to create a coherent look.
It is advantageous to use outdoor lights in the garden in order to make it more safe to venture out there during the darker hours. Mounting lamps with downward-facing lights is optimal so that you can see where you step, whether it is slippery etc.
Wall lamps along walls or fencing and inground spots along flower beds or paths are also an option, depending on what lighting effect you want. Avoid using bulbs that are too powerful, as it may seem blinding or bothersome to neighbours.
Choose several garden lamps over a single powerful one, which can seem like a spotlight.