5 Exterior Lighting Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

When you think about lighting for your home, the first thing that likely comes to mind is interior lighting. While there’s no doubt that the lighting inside of your home is important, you should also understand the importance of exterior lighting. This week’s M & M Lighting blog post discusses five must-know exterior lighting tips for your home.

M & M Lighting specializes in a wide selection of residential and commercial lighting options for both interior and exterior. Whether you need overhead lighting, track lighting, outdoor lights, or landscape lights, our Houston lighting showroom has got you covered! Read this week’s blog post to learn more about finding the ideal exterior lighting in Houston and contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Tip #1: Plan Ahead

When you begin searching for exterior lighting solutions for your home, you’ll want to ensure you have all the necessary and correct information. This includes things such as measurements, number of fixtures needed, placement of lights, etc.

This information will help guide you towards the size, type, shape, etc. of lighting fixtures that are acceptable for your home’s exterior.

You’ll also want to consider things such as durability and weather-resistance, since the lighting will be outdoors throughout the year. We recommend browsing online to get some ideas about what types of styles you prefer, then visiting an in-person lighting showroom to get a real feel for possible options!

Tip #2: Calculate Carefully

As mentioned above, planning ahead when choosing exterior lighting is a must. This also means calculating how many light fixtures you’ll need before you begin shopping.

A simple way to determine how many lights you need in one area is to multiply the square footage of the area you’re intending to light by 1.5. This will provide you with a rough estimate of the wattage required, so you can go from there.

If you need extra assistance, the professionals at our M & M Lighting showroom would be more than happy to help!

Tip #3: Include Various Types of Lighting

If you’ve got your eye on a particular type of lighting, it can be really easy to focus solely on that, and avoid looking further into other types. However, at M & M Lighting, we believe that in order to create the most optimally lit space, you should include a variety of different types of lighting, specifically the three most basic types. These include ambient, task, and accent lighting.

Ambient lighting can be achieved through accents and fixtures such as hanging lights, light posts, wall lights, etc.

Task lighting would include pathway lights lined up along your deck or path, as well as specific deck and security or motion lighting.

Accent lighting can be achieved using landscape lights, which can be found at M & M Lighting.

Using a variety of types not only helps to vary styles, but it ensures that your outdoor area will have multiple layers of light, achieving the ambiance you’ve always wanted.

Tip #4: Utilize LEDs

There are numerous types of lighting available on the market, but the type that makes the most sense by far for exterior spaces is LEDs. Not only do they use far less energy than other types of light bulbs, but they also require much less maintenance, saving you both time and money!

Tip #5: Consider Security

Besides ensuring you have sufficient lighting for your exterior entertainment area, one of the most important purposes of exterior lighting is security. Exterior lighting not only allows you to get a better view of what’s happening outside your home, but it also works to deter any potential intruders from coming too close.

For optimal security, you’ll want to ensure that all entry points of your home are well-lit — don’t forget the garage door, too!

Visit M & M Lighting in Houston

At M & M Lighting, we know that choosing the right exterior lighting options for your home can be a bit challenging, but that’s why we’re here for you! We hope you’ve found these tips helpful, and if you need any extra assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of specialists regarding our exterior lighting in Houston today!

We look forward to helping you illuminate your home!