How to Choose Outdoor Wall Lights

How to Choose Outdoor Wall Lights

With the sheer amount of lighting choices available on the market, it’s no surprise that many people don’t know where to start when buying their outdoor wall lights. There are many things to consider when buying your outdoor wall lights; How bright do you want them? Will they match the brickwork of your home? That’s why we have put together this guide on choosing outdoor wall lights for your home.

The 5 Biggest Considerations for Choosing Your Outdoor Wall Lights

While there are many aspects of adding wall lights to the outside of your house, some of the biggest considerations include location, function, bulbs, durability, and power. These considerations can help you choose the perfect outdoor wall lights for your home.

The Location of Your Outdoor Wall Lights

Location is a big factor to consider when choosing your outdoor wall lights, as different lights have different usage and location needs. If you wish to deter burglars, then having your wall lights at the front door is the best choice, however, if you need a light to get from the front to the back of the house, then positioning a light at the side of your house is an option.

You will also need to consider your neighbours when deciding where to place your lights, and whether the lights will disturb their home.

Light Function: What Do You Need Them For?

You need to consider the purpose of the lights when choosing. This is perhaps the most important decision you need to make initially, because once you know what you want your outdoor wall lights for, then it will become easier to decide which wall lights to buy.


Which Bulbs to Use

The next consideration you will have when choosing your outdoor wall lights is the type of bulbs you use. As with power sources, each bulb type has its own pros and cons that might make one better suited to your needs than another. 

The two main types of bulbs are halogen and LED, and each has its own benefits. Halogen bulbs reach full brightness instantly, and are cheaper than LED bulbs as a one-off purchase. However, LED bulbs are more energy-efficient, and have a longer lifespan than halogen bulbs so won’t need to be replaced as often.

Wall Light Durability

Durability is also an important consideration for your outdoor wall lights, as they need to be able to work in windy, rainy, and even snowy weather, as well as the dry and warm weather that we sometimes get in the UK. With this in mind, weather durability is an important thing to take into consideration when choosing your outdoor lights.

A square outdoor wall light

Before investing in outdoor lighting, it is also essential to consider the power source. Often wall lighting is available in various forms, so it is important to understand the benefits of each power source to decide which option is the best for you. 

Electrical wall lighting can be a slightly more costly option, and requires proper installation as this is a permanent fixture. However, this solution allows you to have the wall lights on for as long as required, and ensures that they will be consistently bright. 

Solar-powered lighting is a mains-free option that is also more eco-friendly and cost-effective. Though, as this form of wall light relies on sunlight to charge the batteries, there is a limit to illumination time, which varies depending on the time of year. 

Battery-powered lighting is again mains-free so easier to install than electrical lighting, and will shine for as long as the battery lasts. However, it can be costly to replace the batteries, so this may not be the right solution if you are looking to use your outdoor wall lighting regularly.


A small circular outdoor light

Design Considerations

As well as these 5 decisions you need to make about your outdoor wall lights, there are design choices to make too. Do you want your wall lights to complement the design or brickwork of your house, or would you prefer something to stand out? You can also consider the design of the wall lights, for example, a rounded light may look great on a modern house, but may not look as good on a traditional red brick house.

These decisions are usually made based on your personal design preferences. At CGC Interiors, we have a range of outdoor wall lights to suit any design style. 

Modern Outdoor Wall Lights from CGC Interiors

Whatever you decide when it comes to your outdoor wall lights, CGC Interiors have a wall light to suit you. From curved spotlights to square LED lights, our range of modern outdoor wall lights are designed to suit a range of needs and decor styles. 

Browse our range of modern outdoor wall lights today to find the most suitable style for your home.

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