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The outdoor spotlight, to illuminate and beautify your garden

When you have an outdoor space, it is important to light it efficiently, without putting aside the aesthetic aspect of the whole. Whether it's a large deck, a garden or the front of a house, outdoor spotlights do wonders for safety, comfort and beauty. Here are our tips for lighting this area of your home.

Why buy an outdoor spotlight?

Outdoor LED lamp is one of the lighting fixtures known for the power and uniformity of its generally warm white light. With this category of outdoor lighting, you ensure the safety of the place, the passage, while adding an essential aesthetic touch when you have a beautiful garden or architectural details that are worth a look.

The outdoor floodlight lights up instantly, as soon as it is turned on, without having to wait for the bulb to warm up. This detail may not seem essential, but imagine its usefulness when it is an outdoor LED floodlight with built-in motion detector!

Where should an outdoor spotlight be installed?

It will depend on your needs, so outdoor LED lighting can be installed in different places.

  • If you need to light a walkway, simply spread several outdoor spotlights along the area, taking care to space each light source well apart.
  • For the front lighting, be careful not to overdo it, otherwise it will create a feeling of glare.
  • In the garden, to highlight the vegetation, there is no shortage of outdoor garden lighting options, some of which are connected to the power grid and others that run on solar energy.
  • If your home has a pool, pond or any type of water feature, the outdoor spotlight will work wonders, provided you choose the right products.

Our advice

Before you buy your outdoor spotlight or any other lighting of this type, do some tests: take a sheet of A4 paper and place it where you want to put your lighting. This way, you can determine the location and size of the outdoor spotlight you choose from our online store. Don't forget that each product is described in detail, with their dimensions.

Stand inside your home to get a bird's eye view of the outside. This little exercise will give you the perspective you need on the placement of any outdoor light fixture.

How much LED floodlight should be installed outdoors?

The amount of outdoor lighting to install depends on the size and use of the area to be lit. Let's take the example of the patio, where you need 3 layers of lighting: ambient, task and accent. This area is perfect for outdoor spotlight installation!

In any case, our advice for determining the required lighting power is to multiply the square footage of the area to be lit by 1.5 to get a good estimate per square foot.

For example, for a garden of 100 square meters, you will need 150 watts / m2.

How to choose an outdoor spotlight?

Here again, you will have to choose your outdoor spotlight according to your needs. Find a wide range of models on our online store:

  • Outdoor LED Spotlight ;
  • Outdoor recessed spotlight ;
  • Garden light pole;
  • Recessed outdoor light ;
  • Outdoor light with integrated motion detector;
  • Powerful LED floodlight with swivel, tilt and swivel head;
  • Terrace lighting ;
  • Etc.

What is the right wattage for an outdoor light?

As before, this decision is based on your needs. Remember that an outdoor space requires good lighting, strategically placed:

  • The gate or wicket ;
  • The driveway and its surroundings;
  • The front door and steps;
  • Front of house;
  • Terrace;
  • The pool and the garden;
  • The driveway and the garage door

Our advice

For the lighting of staircases, have a light hand, an exterior LED spotlight of a few lumens can be enough to show the way. Of course, don't hesitate to install several light sources if it's a large staircase!

To illuminate your garage door, you will need several exterior lights. Think of the LED spotlight with sensor, more comfortable to use.

For lighting the garden, outdoor LED floodlights are perfect and give stunning results.

What are the safety standards for an outdoor spotlight?

Whatever type of outdoor light you need, carefully study its ability to withstand the elements. Specialists have established a very clear coding, to be taken into consideration, which is called the protection index (IP) and which is expressed in the following way:

The IP rating consists of two numbers that are 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 understand the IP rating of an outdoor lamp:

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

If this standard is primarily intended for lighting to be connected to the electrical network, do not hesitate to also check the level of protection of your solar lamps.

To buy the right outdoor spotlight, Côté Lumière accompanies you!

Outdoor lighting is not an exact science, so it is quite normal to have questions and needs for advice. The Côté Lumière team is at your service and will answer all your questions by phone and email.

 

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