4 Types of Outdoor Lighting for Your Home

Outdoor lighting enhances your home’s curb appeal during night time while also doubling as a security feature for your home. If you plan on changing or adding outdoor lighting to your property, you should know the four different types of lighting available to you. 

Here’s a quick rundown of the most popular options that an electrician can install in your home.

1. Flood Lights

Floodlights are designed to cast light over a large area like the lawn, driveway, or garden from an elevated position. It also provides security by illuminating darker pathways to help deter intruders or people who are not welcome. Illuminating larger properties would require powerful sodium or halide floodlights.

2. Landscape Lights

Landscape lights are mainly designed to enhance greenery or certain architectural features of the home such as support columns. Landscape lighting comes in the form of scones and ground-level lighting, usually located next to major features of a house. Commercial electrical contractors frequently install this type of lighting to illuminate outdoor industrial spaces mostly for safety purposes.

3. Spotlights

Unlike other types of lighting that aim to cover a large area, spotlights are designed to focus lighting towards a specific area or feature. Like floodlights, spotlights are often mounted at an elevated space. Careful placement of spotlights is important in order to prevent them from highlighting too many features at the same time, defeating their purpose.

4. Motion Sensor Lights

Motion sensor lighting is a cost-efficient option for areas that only require lighting when it is in use. Sensors detect changes in the amount of heat in warm entities. These include vehicles, animals, or people to activate the lights, which stay on until a certain time after the last movement is detected. Electrical contractors often install motion sensor lighting in driveways, hallways, or work areas to spare occupants the hassle of manually operating them.

Have your outdoor lighting installed by our team of experts. Bailey and Shipp Electric of Northern Virginia is the leading electrical contractor in Washington, DC and VA. Contact us at (410) 457-3507 or fill out this online contact form to request a free quote.

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