Varsha Raghunandan - September 22,2021
Exterior Wall Lighting Design Tips
Exterior wall lighting techniques add flare and intrigue to any house facade. This can be achieved with wall brackets, deck lights, or downlights.
Traditional coach lights provide a decorative lighting solution and a classic-style exterior design. These lights generally use bronze or copper coloured materials to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
To light up columns and pillars at the facade of the house, a wall bracket which shines both upwards and downwards is ideal. These lights create a decorative beam angle on the pillar and highlight textures on the wall. Up/ down lights tend to elongate the pillars or columns of a house, adding a dramatic flare to the exterior design.
For placement on either side of the doorway or garage, select wall brackets which shine downwards only. These wall brackets still produce a decorative beam angle downwards along the wall, while framing the entrance to the house. This technique also adds security benefits, for visual clarity when entering the home.
A wall bracket with a wide beam angle is suitable for larger surface areas, such as the side of the house. A narrow beam angle is ideal for small or narrow spaces, such as between windows, pillars, or the sides of the doorway.
Downlights with a rating of IP44 or higher can be installed under the eaves of a roof to achieve a wall grazing technique. Select a downlight with a narrow beam angle less than 60 degrees, and install close to the wall to gently graze the surface, highlighting textures of brick and stone.
For black, white, or grey bricks, select a 4000K or 5000K fitting to bring out the cooler tones of these materials. For tan or red bricks, a warm white light fitting is ideal.
Deck lighting can be installed in the ground to upshine walls and architectural features, such as trees, fountains, or statues. For deck lighting, a warm white colour temperature is perfect for bringing out the natural beauty of garden features.
To ensure durability of outdoor fittings, select a luminaire with a rating of IP44 or higher. If the lights are to be fully exposed to the outdoor elements, an IP65 rating is ideal.
Fittings made with marine grade 316 stainless steel are ideal as they have anti-corrosive properties. This material is desirable for coastal regions as it is protected against possible corrosion or rust by sea spray.
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