Solutions for outdoor light
Which outdoor lighting is right for you?
Which lighting is right for your outdoor areas depends on your needs and wishes: For example, there are lamps with or without timers or motion sensors for the entrance area. Some outdoor lighting is connected to the house's power grid, while other lamps are self-sufficient in solar energy. Outdoor lighting for your property can be recessed into the ground and mounted on the wall of the house, among other things. There is a suitable system for every home for attractive and safe outdoor lighting.
Note: Always use lamps and luminaires outdoors that have at least an IP44 rating. The IP rating indicates the suitability of different electrical installations - such as lamps - for different environments. Lamps with an IP44 rating or higher are adequately protected against splashing water from sprinkler systems or rain and the ingress of small foreign objects.
Outdoor spotlights directed at trees or individual plants from below can be used in the garden to create atmospheric lighting accents on your property with little effort and at low cost. If you do not have any objects to illuminate in your garden, you can alternatively place decorative luminous objects. When it comes to garden lighting, however, it is important to keep things in moderation and not to illuminate the garden completely - on the one hand out of consideration for the neighbours, and on the other hand the alternation of light and dark areas creates an atmospheric overall picture.
Light is particularly effective in combination with water. If you have a garden pond or fountain in your garden, you should illuminate it in the dark for safety reasons alone. With pond lighting under water, you can also set the scene for the pond with reflections.
For entrances that are protected by a canopy, it is a good idea to integrate recessed luminaires into the roof. Wall luminaires, on the other hand, are a good solution for outdoor areas with unroofed entrances. Solar luminaires also offer particularly easy-to-install outdoor lighting on the house. The optimum height for wall lights is about three-quarters of the height of the door. Also make sure that wall lights are shielded from view and do not dazzle. When illuminating your entrance area, you should also ensure that the house number and doorbell are clearly visible in the dark unless they have their own lighting.
To ensure that obstacles can be detected in the dark, pathways and stairs need to be uniformly illuminated without harsh contrasts between light and dark. You can ensure this part of outdoor lighting with a row of standard or path luminaires. The lower the light point height of the individual lamps, the shorter the distance between the outdoor luminaires should be. This means, for example, that pole luminaires should be positioned at a greater distance than luminaires at knee height. Separate lighting is recommended for steps and stairs. Steps need to be clearly visible, especially from above. So you should place a luminaire at least at the top of steps. Short soft shadows make the steps stand out clearly from one another. For stairs that run along walls, marker lights that you recess into the wall above the steps are a good solution.
Tip: Staircase and path luminaires with motion detectors are also a good option for saving electricity.
Terrace and balcony lighting
If available, you can use eaves above balconies or terraces to place surface-mounted luminaires there. Terraces can be given a visual framework by installing several floor spots suitable for outdoor use along the edges. Effective lighting accents can also be created by spots with ground spikes in planters or balcony boxes. For small balconies, this is often sufficient lighting. You can also create a cosy atmosphere with decorative outdoor lighting elements such as fairy lights or luminaires.
Tip: If there is no power supply on your balcony, solar lights are recommended.
Outdoor lighting control
With automatic lighting control for your outdoor lighting, you can save enormous energy costs and use light around the house and garden where it is needed. For example, you can also use light to effectively deter burglars. Motion detectors are recommended for paths and areas that do not need to be continuously illuminated. Suddenly switching on the light also acts as a deterrent to potential burglars.
For entrance area lighting, it makes sense to have a twilight sensor that automatically switches on the luminaires when darkness falls and switches the light off again after daybreak. Garden lighting, on the other hand, doesn't have to burn all night. Many devices have both a twilight sensor and a motion detector. If necessary, you can also control your outdoor lighting via a timer.
There are smart home systems not only for indoors, but also for outdoors, with which you can control the lights via an app, for example. LEDs are recommended as light sources due to their low energy consumption and are ideal for coloured light accents. For permanently switched on lights, energy-saving lamps are also an option. They are less suitable for lights with motion detectors, as energy-saving lamps need some time to reach their full luminosity.
Tip: With the right outdoor lighting, you can not only save energy and money, but also ensure safety and beautiful accents around your house.