5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Luxury Outdoor Lighting

Finding the right lighting for a luxurious outdoor setup requires knowing your options. Here are factors to consider when choosing luxury outdoor lighting.

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Lighting is an important element of creating a sense of luxury in your outdoor spaces. Once the sun goes down, the lights you choose should pick up on the luxurious feeling of your interior ambiance and continue that flow. Choosing the right lights is vital for creating the feel you want, but how do you know what to choose?

If you want to enhance the luxury of your outdoor area with luxury outdoor lighting, read on for the five factors you should consider as you choose.

1. Outdoor Light Colors

Not all lights give you the same effect. When you use white light outdoors, different shades will give you a variety of effects that you can use to create the exact feeling you want in each area of your garden. There are four shades of white light:

Warm or Soft White Light

Warm white comes into its own when paired with warmer colors, such as cedar or brown. Warm white brings out the depth in natural-colored stones or walls. If you have a tree with yellow, orange, or red tones such as an oak tree, highlighting them with warm white will make the colors rich and full.

Pure White

Pure white works well when paired with dark, colder colored surfaces such as gray, black, or deep slate. Choose pure white light to highlight trees with foliage that has purple or blue undertones such as blue spruce trees or eucalyptus trees.

Cool White

Contemporary homes suit the edginess of cool white. Cool white lighting to outdoor patios lends a clean, modern feeling.


Daylight is a good color for lighting up evergreen bushes and shrubs.

2. Beam Spread

Making use of the right degree of light spread varies depending on what external features you want to highlight. Tall, narrow objects need a narrow beam of light (10 – 15 degrees). This applies to things like tall, skinny trees. 25 to 45 degrees works well for general accent lighting or focal points that are of medium height and width. Short, wide structures need a beam spread of 55 to 60 degrees. If you want to wash a wall, 120 degrees is perfect.

3. Purpose of Light

Before you choose fittings, consider what purpose you want the lighting to serve. Pure task lighting will need to be positioned accurately and be the right level of brightness. For example, if you’re lighting a pergola or a romantic alcove the lighting will be softer, indirect, and warmer. Highlighting a focal point requires a stronger beam that is more direct.

4. Look From Inside

Before deciding on your outside lighting, spend some time looking out of the windows in your house. This will help you identify pockets of darkness as well as the flow of light from inside the house. Using those two things as a pattern, it becomes simpler to map out where your external lighting should be.

5. Quality Light Fittings

When choosing outdoor light fittings, always go for the best quality you can find. Outdoor light fittings are at the mercy of the elements and inferior fittings will deteriorate fast. When working out your outdoor lighting budget make sure you factor in the early replacement cost of lower quality fittings.

Luxury Outdoor Lighting That Checks All the Boxes

Washing your outdoor spaces in layers of light creates a woven tapestry of elegance after dark that breathes luxury. Wrapping your home in a symphony of luxury outdoor lighting after dark will elevate the atmosphere of mystery and beauty of your home.

If you are shopping for outdoor light fittings, contact us today for luxury lighting advice.

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