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.
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 , 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!
It will depend on your needs, so outdoor LED lighting can be installed in different places.
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.
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.
Here again, you will have to choose your outdoor spotlight according to your needs. Find a wide range of models on our online store:
As before, this decision is based on your needs. Remember that an outdoor space requires good lighting, strategically placed:
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.
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 and which is expressed in the following way:
The IP rating consists of two numbers that are read separately:
A sliding scale:
Some examples to understand the IP rating of an outdoor lamp:
IP69 protection rating:
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.
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.