Planning your outdoor lighting: find out more
1. What outdoor areas can I illuminate?
There are many options for creating lit-up areas in your outdoor space. If you are looking to bring light to a specific outdoor area, simply select your topic from the list at the top left of the page get plenty of practical information to help you out.
2. How do I brighten up the exterior of my home?
There are many ways for your to highlight your home with the right outdoor lighting. The placement of just a few lights along your garden paths and driveway can look impressive and will add to your overall security. Outdoor lighting on the façades and in the porch visually upgrade your property. Round it all off with beautiful, atmospheric lighting for your garden, where there is virtually no limit to your imagination.
4. What are the benefits of good outdoor lighting on the house and in the garden?
First of all, you as the owner must provide adequate outdoor lighting to ensure that nobody gets hurt on your property. Aside from compliance with legal obligations, outdoor lighting around your home has plenty of practical uses:
- Deterrent for burglars: Shady types don't like brightly lit properties. Illumination gives your home a "lived in" look – even if you not at home at some point.
- Orientation: Rummaging through your pockets for the house key or if you need to get something from the car after dark – exterior lighting makes your life easier.
- Visibility: Friends, delivery or emergency services find your home a lot faster at night if you provide good outdoor lighting. An illuminated house number is an additional bonus in these situations.
- Comfort: A well-lit home with illuminated paths leading to the front door feel inviting and attractive. Clever lighting makes a garden the place to be on warm summer nights. That's when everyone wants to stay outside as long as possible, and even in winter a well-lit garden can be a pleasure to look at from the comfort of your indoors.
5. Which lamps are best suited for outdoor lighting?
Functional or decorative – there are many luminaire and lamp options to light up your outdoor areas. We offered some advice on the suitability of various luminaire types for each area in previous chapters. The one essential common factor for all lamps and luminaires you install outdoors is their IP protection. It will protect against the ingress of solid particles and liquids to ensure the electrical safety of the luminaires and with it the safety for people, pets and the environment. Using LED lamps with high energy efficiency will keep your electricity bill in check. Lamps with integrated dusk sensor, motion sensor and specifically solar lights are even more cost-effective.
6. How do I plan my outdoor lighting correctly?
Outdoor lighting around your house and garden needs good planning. If you are building a new home, you should definitely pinpoint all the locations for outdoor lighting right from the start. You will need mains power outlets for façade lighting, which must be installed during construction and insulated appropriately. Good planning can save you money later on when it comes to outdoor lighting in the garden as well. If you are planning to install decking on your patio, in-ground recessed luminaires will create beautiful light effects when you're all done. For those, who already have a home, there are many options to retrofit beautiful illumination for the outside of the house and for the garden. The Plug & Shine system allows the above-ground routing of power supply cables outdoors, so you can have spots or other light sources exactly where you want them. You can easily route the 24 V Plug & Shine system yourself – no need to employ costly specialists.