Patio Lights and Lighting Buying Guide

Nighttime doesn't have to mean a pitch-black landscape. Let outdoor lights and lighting provide illumination -- in flowerbeds, along pathways, and for safety at doors and windows.

Types of Lights and Lighting

Types of Lights and Lighting

Opening your door at night is a lot easier if there's light. As dusk turns to dark, keeping friends and family gathered around the picnic table is a natural extension of hospitality with lights. And adding drama to the garden is simple with a few strategically placed spotlights. As you're trying to add beauty and safety to your landscape, consider these types of outdoor lights and lighting: posts, sconces, path, ceiling/chandelier, step/accent, and downlights/flood lights. Use this guide to get started.

Posts

Often used at the start of a sidewalk or near a front door, outdoor lighting posts are several feet high and typically topped by an enclosed bulb.

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Feiss
$204.00

Drawing inspiration from classic gazebo design, the Ellerbee Outdoor LED Post Light by Feiss has a steeple-shaped body with steppe...d trimmings and a Textured Black finish. Within its clear seeded glass panel walls is a cylindrical White Opal glass shade which diffuses an integrated LED light for a warm, even illumination. Features advanced, field-replaceable LED warm-on-dim technology that brings the color temperature down with the luminosity for a consistent natural lighting effect. Post not included. Feiss Lighting boasts an award-winning team of industrial, graphic and interior designers and engineers that guarantee only the finest materials are used for their products. read more

Troy Lighting
$772.00

A warm, clean look designed to fit in with a wide range of modern exteriors. The Troy Lighting Rennie Post Light features a smooth... tapered cylinder of Opal White glass held within a minimal solid brass frame to spread the maximum amount of light around driveways or pathway entrances. Post not included. Troy Lighting, headquartered in California, designs and manufactures indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures, utilizing hand-forged iron and hand-applied finishes to create quality products with high-style appeal. read more

Kichler
$272.80

Tall and handsome, the Kichler Tremillo Outdoor Post light is an elegant addition to any exterior. A Satin Etched Cased Opal glass... shade is secured by doubled metal lines finished in Black. Around the top of the shade, a perpendicular accent adds Craftsman-style flair that complements modern and period design schemes alike. Since 1938, Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting has created exceptional lighting in a variety of styles, finishes, colors and designs. With a diverse collection of indoor and outdoor lighting in classic and contemporary styles, Kichler Lighting always focuses on making home lighting that is both beautiful and functional. read more

Kichler
$253.00

Clean, nautical, modern. The Kichler Pacific Edge Outdoor Post light brings a touch of oceanfront atmosphere to outdoor living spa...ces. Encased in a metal frame of flat horizontal rings and rectangular columns, a Satin Etched Cased Opal glass shade imparts its soft glow along paths or driveways. Free of exposed hardware, the flawless frame presents a smooth, polished look. Since 1938, Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting has created exceptional lighting in a variety of styles, finishes, colors and designs. With a diverse collection of indoor and outdoor lighting in classic and contemporary styles, Kichler Lighting always focuses on making home lighting that is both beautiful and functional. read more

Sconces

Great when used on walls near doorways or along a long drive, sconces can direct light up or down. They're great for both task lighting as well as accent illumination.

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Hubbardton Forge
$869.00

A slightly skewed view of a traditional lantern shape, the Hubbardton Forge Elton Outdoor Wall Sconce provides an updated, angular... profile. The four-sided shade is angled and mounted on the bias, with four glass panes set into the aluminum frame. On top, a pointy pyramid caps the look with dramatic flair. Hubbardton Forge, headquartered in Castleton, Vermont, hand-forges simple and elegant metal lighting fixtures and accessories, combining ancient hand-forging techniques with environmentally-sound finishing practices. read more

Hubbardton Forge
$554.40

The Hubbardton Forge After Hours Outdoor Wall Sconce softly illuminates your exteriors as its discreet pattern grants it an exclus...ive appearance. The After Hours Outdoor Wall Sconce features hand-blown glass shade and hand-forged wrought iron body. Hubbardton Forge, headquartered in Castleton, Vermont, hand-forges simple and elegant metal lighting fixtures and accessories, combining ancient hand-forging techniques with environmentally-sound finishing practices. read more

Troy Lighting
$292.00

With antique styling and rich finishes, the Troy Lighting Mendocino Outdoor Wall Sconce offers a warm welcome on a foggy night. Ha...nd-worked iron creates a cage around a Clear Seeded glass globe. Surrounding the cage, a metal cuff is embellished with punched circles and quatrefoils, and the wall plate features a decorative hook for an authentic lantern look. Troy Lighting, headquartered in California, designs and manufactures indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures, utilizing hand-forged iron and hand-applied finishes to create quality products with high-style appeal. read more

Feiss
$61.00

On either side of carriage house doors or along the front porch, the Feiss Derek Outdoor Wall Sconce provides warm light and class...ic style. This interpretation of a barn light features solid, watertight metal construction all the way from the wall plate through the flared shade and protective cage. Comes in a rich Oil Rubbed Bronze finish. Feiss Lighting boasts an award-winning team of industrial, graphic and interior designers and engineers that guarantee only the finest materials are used for their products. read more

Path

Path lights can dot a walkway at spaced intervals. These can be hardwired or powered by the sun; many use a hood to shield and push the light downward to prevent blinding glare.

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Kichler
$177.50

The Kichler Large Eclipse Path Light eclipses other path lights with its clean, rounded design and wide spread of light. A larger ...version of the popular Eclipse Path Lght, the Large Eclipse creates its large spread of light with a bigger shade and clear glass diffuser. Both the shade and housing are made out of durable die-cast aluminum. Since 1938, Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting has created exceptional lighting in a variety of styles, finishes, colors and designs. With a diverse collection of indoor and outdoor lighting in classic and contemporary styles, Kichler Lighting always focuses on making home lighting that is both beautiful and functional. read more

Kichler
$148.00

Illuminate an outer space with the Kichler Galaxy Path Light. Warm light is diffused through a multi-layered aluminum shade, and m...ade to appear even warmer with the Textured Architectural Bronze finish. The sophisticated and modern, yet understated, style makes the Galaxy Path Light suitable for any exterior. Since 1938, Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting has created exceptional lighting in a variety of styles, finishes, colors and designs. With a diverse collection of indoor and outdoor lighting in classic and contemporary styles, Kichler Lighting always focuses on making home lighting that is both beautiful and functional. read more

Kichler
$102.00

The Kichler Side Mount Path Light depicts an unobtrusive design in a side-mounted fixture for more directional lighting. Its flare...d shade minimizes glare while a die-cast aluminum construction resists the harsh effects of weather. Available in 3 classic finishes to match any outdoor decor. Since 1938, Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting has created exceptional lighting in a variety of styles, finishes, colors and designs. With a diverse collection of indoor and outdoor lighting in classic and contemporary styles, Kichler Lighting always focuses on making home lighting that is both beautiful and functional. read more

Kichler
$145.50

With its uniquely pierced shade, the Kichler Decorative Hammered Roof Path Light spreads bright, mottled downlight across a path o...r over plants and shrubs. Made out of brass or copper in a number of attractive finishes, the Decorative Hammered Roof Path Light also adds a charming decorative effect suitable to any exterior setting. Since 1938, Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting has created exceptional lighting in a variety of styles, finishes, colors and designs. With a diverse collection of indoor and outdoor lighting in classic and contemporary styles, Kichler Lighting always focuses on making home lighting that is both beautiful and functional. read more

Ceiling/Chandelier

Wet-rated ceiling or chandelier fixtures are used outside to provide light for a covered space as well as illumination above and in front of an entry door. Ceiling fans are also used outside as ceiling fixtures, particularly on covered patios and porches.

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Savoy House
$490.00 $392.00

Add a little love to your lighting with the Inman 8-Light Indoor/Outdoor Chandelier by Savoy House. Its ringed, English Bronze bod...y supports a series of tungsten Edison bulbs with cylindrical Clear Glass shades. Once lit, these elements generate a warm, shimmering ambiance that will transform your outdoor settings into spaces of relaxation, of renewal, and, most of all, enjoyment for you and your loved ones. Savoy House, headquartered in Braselton, Georgia, celebrates the uniqueness of today's decor styles by designing and manufacturing an extensive selection of high-quality ceiling fans and lighting fixtures for discerning homeowners. read more

Kichler
$990.00

The Kichler Alameda Indoor/Outdoor Chandelier offers soft, warm, subtle appeal. Features a solid brass framework with a Canyon Vie...w finish and honey opalescent glass panels on its four lanterns. Its relaxed Mission style will enhance a variety of spaces, and it can be used both indoors and outdoors (in covered locations). Since 1938, Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting has created exceptional lighting in a variety of styles, finishes, colors and designs. With a diverse collection of indoor and outdoor lighting in classic and contemporary styles, Kichler Lighting always focuses on making home lighting that is both beautiful and functional. read more

Design Craft
$136.99 $109.59

The perfect blend of coastal style and industrial decor, this outdoor chandelier is stylish and unique. The chandelier features th...ree lights, the domed fixtures adding to the modern appeal of the piece. The rich, oil-rubbed bronze finish completes the warm look of this beautiful chandelier. Features: Imported Pull-chain Bronze graphite finish Indoor/ outdoor setting Three 60 watt (M) bulbs 18.25 inches high x 21 inches wide x 6 inches long Assembly required. Color: Brown. read more

Kenroy Home
$232.20

Oil Rubbed Bronze and a two candle shape suggest colonial while a Leaf Print or Taupe shade reads casual The combination is elegan...t read more

Step/Accent

Very small step or accent lights provide low light levels; these are used to highlight plants or guide visitors along a pathway.

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Kichler
$84.00

A great way to add even, low illumination to porch steps and patio parameters, the Kichler Louvered Step Light features a louvered... faceplate that directs light from an inner White reflector. Housing is zinc plated steel. Comes in 4 color options. Since 1938, Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting has created exceptional lighting in a variety of styles, finishes, colors and designs. With a diverse collection of indoor and outdoor lighting in classic and contemporary styles, Kichler Lighting always focuses on making home lighting that is both beautiful and functional. read more

Kichler
$91.65 $61.10

Kichler Lighting 12672 Outdoor Step Lighting: Kichler 12672 Wall Light offered in multiple finishes This Step Lighting utilizes 5....2 Watt integrated LED light source to generate the perfect amount of light Energy efficient, integrated LED light source Fully covered under Kichler's 15 year limited warranty Product Specifications: Fixture Height: 3.25" Fixture Width: 1.75" Bulb Type: LED Max Wattage: 5.2 Location Rating: Damp Location read more

Bruck Lighting
$150.00

Bruck Lighting's Step outdoor energy-efficient LED horizontal cove step light offers a functional way to light up your walkway or ...steps. The white finish goes seamlessly with any decor style. The light is softly diffused to provide unobtrusive illumination without glare. read more

Bruck Lighting
$93.75

The Step outdoor LED horizontal louver step light by Bruck Lighting uses an energy efficient amber LED module illuminated from ins...ide a beautiful brushed nickel finish. Illuminate your outdoor steps with this simple design that isn't only eco-friendly but stylish too. This fixture is sure to complete your outdoor lighting needs. read more

Downlights/Flood Lights

Downlights or flood lights are often placed above little-used doors -- to a basement, for example -- or other spots such as a garage. These powerful blasts of light are often attached to a motion sensor.

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Sea Gull Lighting
$36.26 $25.90

Designed for outdoor use. Clean white finish matches many outdoor decor. 2 adjustable swivel fixtures. Made of impact-resistant po...lycarbonate. Takes two medium Par38 90-watt bulbs (not included). The Sea Gull Adjustable Swivel Flood Light - White adds extra light where needed and has a white finish to match many home styles. This outdoor light fixture is fully adjustable and swivels to ensure that light goes just where it is needed. It is made of durable polycarbonate with a white finish. This dual floodlight accommodates two medium Par38 bulbs with a maximum of 90 watts (bulbs not included). This lantern is cUL-listed for wet locations and will provide added safety to your home. read more

$52.99

This elegant outdoor flood light features a striking bronze powder finish with a weatherproof tempered glass lens shade. This outd...oor light also offers a robust design, 1-light styling and an 8.5-inch height. Setting: Outdoor Fixture finish: Bronze... read more

Sea Gull Lighting
$34.72 $24.80

Dimensions: 9.5W x 11H inches. Designed to add safety to any home. Classic black finish. 2 adjustable swivel fixtures. Made of dur...able polycarbonate. Requires two medium Par38 90-watt bulbs (not included). Enhance the safety of your home by installing the Sea Gull Adjustable Swivel Flood Light - Black anywhere extra light is needed. This fully adjustable and swiveling fixture is made of durable polycarbonate with a black finish. This dual floodlight accommodates two medium Par38 bulbs with a maximum of 90 watts (bulbs not included). This lantern is cUL-listed for wet locations and will provide added safety to your home. read more

Compass
$59.99

Select from available size options. Available in aged brass finish. Rectangular shaped heavy duty die-cast brass and flat glass. B...est used for highlighting your landscape and enhancing outdoor features. Item accommodates G4 bi-pin bulbs (not included). Includes LED 2,3,4, and halogen 20 lamp options. Low voltage item with 36-in. lead wire and 8-in. spike included. Adjustable with glare guard and includes 3 interchangeable glass options. The Cook Lighting Rectangular Adjustable Flood Light offers a modern look and versatile features. Its warm illumination features adjustability that lets you angle the light just where you need it. It's constructed with a rectangular brass die-cast housing, and includes a glare guard and three interchangeable glass options to complement your landscaping and outdoor d├ęcor. It requires G4 bi-pin bulbs (not included). Size: 6 in.,8 in.. read more

Product Features

Product Features

Diversity in task, diversity in appearance: That's the best way to describe outdoor lights and lighting. There are miniature versions for the steps leading to a deck, and large spotlights to ensure safe passage from sidewalk to door. As you're considering the variety of outdoor lights and lighting you need to finish your landscape, take into account the product features that will influence your choices: power source, energy efficiency, bulb, and finish/color. This overview will help.

Power Source

Most outdoor lights and lighting will need to be hardwired to a switch. In remodeling or retrofitting projects, that may necessitate cutting drywall. Some outdoor lights may be powered by solar sources, but their strength and daily life depends in large part on how much sun is received.

Energy Efficiency

Outdoor lights and lighting that meet certain federal energy standards may be rated with the Energy Star label. This indicates a certain level of energy savings per year -- a plus when it comes to trimming utility bills.

Bulb

Not every bulb works on every fixture. Outdoor lighting will provide a maximum bulb size to receive the best light from the fixture.

Finish/Color

The finish and color of the outdoor light or lighting source should complement the exterior architecture, the other lighting that's visible, and the landscape design.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Outdoor lights and lighting are an investment that should last for years, if not decades. But in order to guarantee that, it's important to think through how you wish to use the lights and how they can best help meet your goals. For example, lights that don't provide flexibility of control will be more difficult to use. In addition to controls/dimming, review the purchase considerations of motion detectability and dark skies compatibility. Here's a quick guide.

Controls/Dimming

Review the types of control features that you may be able to have with your lighting. Some may be remote-capable; others might feature dimming capacities that can be a useful amenity in your outdoor spaces.

Motion Detectability

Many outdoor lights and lighting are designed specifically to provide safe passage -- and to alert residents should someone unwanted try to enter. Many exterior lights have motion-detection features built in.

Dark Skies Compatibility

The visibility of the nighttime skies has become an issue for many municipalities -- and many homeowners. Some exterior lights and lighting are rated to be compatible with the dark skies initiative.

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