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Outdoor lighting: more than just lighting, an essential aesthetic and practical asset!

Having an outdoor space is an opportunity. In order to embellish it, to be able to enjoy it when you want and to secure the area, it is also necessary to choose the right lights, adapted for this type of environment. Find a wide selection of lamps for your garden, balcony, terrace in height on our online store.

Where should outdoor lighting be installed first?

If you're in the process of organizing the purchase of lighting for your outdoor space, here's a list of priority areas to light, based on the type of home and space:

  • The gate or wicket to access your property;
  • The driveway and its surroundings;
  • The front door and steps to your home;
  • The front of your house;
  • Terrace;
  • The pool and the garden;
  • The driveway and the garage door

What type of lighting should I choose for the main outdoor areas?

Here are a few suggestions if you are out of ideas:

The gate or the wicket: the external spotlights are particularly indicated to light these elements.

The driveway and its surroundings: think of spotlights in the ground or outdoor bollards.

Entrance door and steps: we recommend the use of exterior sconces or exterior hanging lights if you do not have the necessary surface area.

The front of a house: choose a powerful spotlight to highlight the modern exterior of your home.

The terrace or the balcony: think of the garlands of lights for a soft and romantic lighting at the same time.

The pool and garden: outdoor recessed spotlights on the ground, solar lamp posts, play it safe in wet areas.

Driveway and garage door: exterior spotlights or bollards for the driveway and an exterior wall light for the garage door.

The importance of safety for the outdoor lamp

Safety: what is the difference between outdoor and indoor lighting?

The outdoor luminaire is a product that is suitable for use in environments subject to temperature changes, water splashes, dust, repeated passage, etc. In short, they are more robust and meet strict standards.

On what criteria should you choose the right type of outdoor lighting?

The main criterion is the so-called protection index (PI) and is expressed as follows:

The IP rating is expressed in numbers that can be read separately:

  • The first number corresponds to the tightness of the luminaire to solid bodies, it goes from 1 to 6 ;
  • The second number corresponds to its impermeability to liquid bodies, it goes from 1 to 9

A sliding scale:

  • The higher the first number, the stronger the protection against solid intrusion;
  • The higher the second number, the stronger the protection against liquid intrusion

Some examples to familiarize yourself with the IP index:

IP69 protection rating:

  • The first number (6) corresponds to the maximum dust tightness of the luminaire;
  • The second number (9) indicates that the luminaire is protected to the maximum extent against water jets

The protection index table guides you:

The first number expresses the level of sealing against solid bodies

IP0X

No protection

IP1X

Protects against solid objects larger than 50 mm

IP2X

Protects against solid objects larger than 12.5 mm

IP3X

Protects against solid objects larger than 2.5 mm

IP4X

Protects against solid objects larger than 1 mm

IP5X

Protects against dust deposits

IP6X

Dustproof

 

The second number expresses the level of sealing against liquid bodies

IPX0

No protection

IPX1

Protected against falling water

IPX2

Protected against falling water for a maximum inclination of 15°.

IPX3

Protected against rainwater (maximum inclination of 60°)

IPX4

Protected against water splashes

IPX5

Protected against water jets

IPX6

Protected against sea breeze

IPX7

Protected against temporary immersion (up to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes)

IPX8

Protected against prolonged immersion

IPX9

Protected against high pressure cleaning and steam

Good to know when choosing your lighting

The IP44 protection rating is adequate for outdoor lighting, provided that it is not frequently exposed to splashing water. For a splash-proof luminaire, you should aim for at least IP65.

Use our filter, located on the left side of the page, to choose the right outdoor lamp, depending on its IP!

What are the different types of outdoor lighting?

If safety is an essential element when you choose your outdoor lighting, aesthetics also plays a big role. Côté Lumière has selected for you many categories :

- Outdoor wall lamp

- Outdoor floor lamp

- Solar lamp

- Outdoor recessed spotlight

- Outdoor projector

- Outdoor suspension

- Outdoor ceiling light

- Outdoor table lamp

- Outdoor pole spotlight

- Outdoor led lamp

- Outdoor lamp accessory

- Outdoor lighting bollard

- Furniture and lighting objects

 

What power for an outdoor light ?

Regarding the ideal power to take full advantage of your terrace or garden lighting, everything will depend on your needs and its use.

Choose several low-light fixtures and place them strategically. If you have a very large garden and you want to highlight vegetation or decorative elements, you should choose powerful lamps, placed in such a way as to spread the light sufficiently.

Be careful, however, to do it in the right measure. Indeed, too much light may harm the expected effect, but also contribute to light pollution.

Specialists recommend a light intensity of between 60 and 80 lumens per square meter. This is a moderate intensity, conducive to relaxation, but does not allow for reading. If this is your goal, increase the amount of lumens to about 150 lumens per square meter.

If you opt for an outdoor LED floodlight, you will benefit from lighting that can vary from 10 to 200 watts. In the case of a terrace of 10 m², we advise you to install 5 LED projectors of 10 watts, which will deliver about 1000 lumens.

How to install a garden lamp?

The answer depends greatly on the type of outdoor lamp chosen. Indeed, we will not install an outdoor terrace lighting in the same way as we will proceed for an outdoor ground light or an outdoor post light.

In some cases, the installation of your outdoor lighting fixtures may require the intervention of a certified specialist in electrical work. Ask the Côté Lumière team for advice and they will give you clear instructions.

Is the solar garden light sustainable?

Over time, designers have developed solar-powered garden lights that are particularly effective. Optimize the use of your solar patio light or other by installing it strategically, so that it absorbs the amount of energy needed during the day.

Our tips for using any solar home outdoor light properly:

Choose the highest level: the higher the solar garden lamp is installed, the more sunlight it collects!

Avoid high traffic areas: lawnmowers, trimmers, cars, people... protect your solar lights by keeping them away from areas too close to walkways. Make sure they are visible for the safety of people passing by.

Maximize the amount of sunlight: find the areas that receive the least amount of sunlight most of the time. Study the shadows cast by the roof of your house, branches and any other obstacles whose shadows lengthen and shift during the day.

Are outdoor lights with motion sensors practical?

Motion detectors are far from being gadgets. In fact, they are very useful in many cases: when you come home from work during the winter, when it gets dark early, when your hands are too busy to turn on the outdoor lighting, etc., count on your sensor-equipped outdoor lighting to ensure your safety.

Here again, we have thought of you: check the option with or without motion detector on our filter!

Côté Lumière will help you find the right type of outdoor lighting!

Whatever your outdoor lighting project, it is always good to be able to count on a team of professionals for clear advice, which will allow you to realize your desires. By phone or by email, we are here to answer you!

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