Types of Outdoor Lighting


Outdoor lighting can help make your home stand out from the rest. When the sun goes down, and all the other houses fade into darkness, yours will remain shining bright. Using outdoor lighting properly can not only make your house glow but also poses some safety benefits as well! There are a few different kinds of outdoor lighting, each type serves a different function for a different area of your home or landscape.

The Many Different Types of Outdoor Lighting

Path lights are the most common type of outdoor lighting fixture. Path lights are used to illuminate a walkway or other hard to see sections of your yard. Path lights can help homeowners and visitors alike see where they are going, and this is important especially now that it gets dark so early. Deck lights are another sort of light that highlights the deck and higher traffic areas of your property, increasing safety.

Spotlights and Floodlights are also very common, these can be used for many purposes. Spotlights and floodlights can be used to highlight visual aspects of your garden or home. A beautiful flowerbed can be lit up, or a holiday wreath hanging on your front door for the world to see.

Well lights are flat lights that are buried and unseen, well lights can be used at the base of trees or shrubs to brighten them up, and since the lights remain unseen, the visual effect is even more pleasing.

Each type of outdoor lighting can be used for a specific purpose, whether it be for safety reasons, or to highlight certain features of your home or landscape you’re proud of! Northern Outdoor lighting has years of experience with any of the fixtures, visit our gallery to see our work or contact us today with questions!

Published December 18.17

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I reached out on a whim to Bill to design and install the lighting for my wedding last summer - I wanted temporary lights and he was an expert in permanent, he was excited about the challenge and said that the materials were the same, just a slightly different strategy. I was 100% unprepared for how awesome, professional, cautious, thoughtful and reliable Bill would be about our project, which started as a temporary installation as I said and turned into permanent installations all over my parents farm because they loved the lighting so much.

Bill came up and did several site visits to our home in NH, he listened to my vision for how the lighting would flow at our outdoor wedding on our property, he made his own recommendations as well, which were creative and fun. He showed me sample fixtures and sent through a budget and got to work. For the installation he came several days in advance of the wedding with a small crew to start putting the lights in place - he wanted to test everything before the day before in case anything was wrong. Each day the property came to life in a way that was unexpected. We'd never had outdoor lighting before and having it wash across the barn, the forest, the bread oven, the gardens - it was all incredible.

“The event went off beautifully and Bill took all my crazy phone calls. After the main event my parents decided to make a lot of the lighting permanent and they have enjoyed it ever since. Bill made sure all the wires and such were buried and the property was clean and safe even when they were temporary and did a totally pro installation when they were made permanent. He has taken countless calls from my dad about replacing a bulb or adjusting a light - he is just the nicest person to deal with.

He never makes anyone feel uninformed even though many are when it comes to outdoor lighting - I certainly was - and he became like a member of our family for the weeks surrounding the biggest day of my life!”

Kate Gundry