We take a look at exterior lights for the front of your home, including your driveway, pathways and front door area…
While there isn’t a hard and fast rule about how much space to place between your driveway and pathway lights, it’s generally agreed that about six to eight feet does the trick – depending on how bright the lights are.
There may be particular features areas or features which require a light nearby for safety, such as a curve in the route, so you’ll want to plan around these features first, so that the spacing looks neat.
Choose lighting which eliminates glare and sky glow
While a small percentage of individuals want their home lit up like the Blackpool Illuminations, most prefer a more sophisticated, refined look. By choosing fixtures that are specially designed to reduce glare, you’ll avoid lighting which shines brighter than is comfortable for the human eye to look at or shining a light directly into the eyes of a driver, potentially causing obstacles in the driver’s way to become obscured.
Sky glow from electric light sources can be defined as brightness of the night sky as a result of light pollution when light is emitted directly upward by luminaires or scattered by dust and gas molecules in the atmosphere. Sky glow can obscure your view of the night sky, while posing a dangerous risk to local nocturnal wildlife.
By choosing a luminaire which directs light downward, such as our popular Eco City 700 LED Bollard Light, you can illuminate a driveway or pathway safely, but without the risk of glare or sky glow.
Make a grand entrance
Why is lighting the front door important? Well, we can think of nothing worse than standing in the dark rummaging around your bag unable to find your keys – then unable to find the lock!
The front door is a sensible place to install luminaires, and the perfect place for a stylish statement. There’s something undeniably alluring about the contemporary door + hardware + wall lights combination – it never fails to impress. In fact, we’re a bit head over heels for Houzz’s 2019 round-up of contemporary front doors; while the National Home Improvement Council recently released a handy guide to selecting a safe and energy-efficient front door.
Exterior wall lights and pendant lights can bring much-needed brightness to porticos and porches. Browse our range of exterior pendant lights, which have IP44 ratings or higher. Or, our lighting experts can help you to choose should you wish to use our lighting design service.
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