5 Types of Outdoor Lights to Elevate your Home's Exterior Style

Hi, fellow design enthusiasts! Let's talk about 5 Types of Outdoor Lights to Elevate your Home's Exterior Style. As a home designer, I have lots of experience where homeowners take exterior lights for granted. They think of it as more like a practical addition to their houses' facades than something that can genuinely elevate the exterior of their home.

5 Types of Outdoor Lights to Elevate you Home's Exterior Style

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When it comes to residential design, every detail matters. Every element creates a stunning and elegant ambiance, from the architecture to the landscaping. The proper lighting can enhance the beauty of your home, highlight its architectural features, and create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Exterior lighting can also evoke different moods in your home. For example, if you have a garden or patio in your backyard, you can add lights with dimming or colour-changing capabilities to help you and your family relax and enjoy the space. Like interior lighting, exterior lighting is essential to your well-being and healthy lifestyle.

1) LED Landscape Lighting

LED landscape lighting is an excellent choice for luxury homes. These lights are energy-efficient, long-lasting, and provide a soft and warm glow. LED lights can illuminate pathways, highlight trees and plants, and create a dramatic effect in outdoor spaces. They are available in various styles and designs, allowing you to choose the ones that best complement your home's aesthetics.

Speaking of dramatic effect, these lights are now available with a sensor or smartphone application to control them remotely or even if you're out of town for vacation. Below are some examples of these lights that I like because they are easy to install and very economical.

7 Inch LED Hardscape Lighting,RGBCW Color Changing Retaining Wall Lights 12V DC Low Voltage Outdoor Landscape Step Lights Swivel LED Paver Lights,FCC Listed
LED Hardscape for Retaining Walls (SHOP ON AMAZON)

The best feature I love about this LED hardscape light fixture is that it can rotate up or down to 180 degrees. It's excellent to illuminate pathways or cast a flood of light on the wall to accentuate its texture (this is a good feature, especially if you have a unique finish you want to highlight on your exterior wall or fence). Aside from being waterproof, it has colour-changing capabilities, which I thought is terrific to suit someone's mood and easily change the ambiance in your garden.

Brass Low Voltage Pathway Lights, Outdoor LED 12V Landscape Path Lights(L) for Walkway Driveway Garden Yard with 3W 2700K Warm White LED G4 Bulb

Brass Low Voltage Pathway Lights, Outdoor LED 12V Landscape Path Lights(L) for Walkway Driveway Garden Yard with 3W 2700K Warm White LED G4 Bulb

Brass Low Voltage Pathway Lights (SHOP ON AMAZON)

If you're looking for a modern or contemporary light fixture for your landscape and pathways, this flush-mount LED light fixture can be your best option. I like the clean construction, and it is made out of solid brass, which is durable, especially for its intended use.

Garden Solar Ball Lights Outdoor Waterproof, 50 LED Cracked Glass Globe Solar Power Ground Lights for Path Yard Patio Lawn, Halloween Christmas Decoration Landscape Warm White

Garden Solar Ball Lights Outdoor Waterproof, 50 LED Cracked Glass Globe Solar Power Ground Lights for Path Yard Patio Lawn, Halloween Christmas Decoration Landscape Warm White

Solar LED Ball Lights (SHOP ON AMAZON)

If minimalism and classic aren't something you are looking for, then these solar-led ball lights might be the best fit to light up your landscape and add an exciting feature. The cracked glass texture on this light fixture elevated its appearance. For me, it made it look sophisticated when matched with a modern house façade. I also like how you can quickly relocate them since they're not hardwired; they can simultaneously be a light fixture and exterior home décor.

15-Strand LED Warm White Curtain Outdoor String Lights

LED Curtain Outdoor String Light (SHOP ON WALMART)
If you're looking for ways to upgrade your outdoor garden and add some romantic vibe, this LED curtain outdoor string light is a great addition. Its waterfall light effect is perfect for a pergola, gazebo and patio roof.

2) Wall Sconces

Wall sconces are a usual choice for both modern and classic homes. They add a touch of elegance and sophistication to the exterior of your house. Wall sconces can be installed near the entrance, on either side of the garage, or along the exterior walls to create a warm and welcoming vibe. Choose sconces with a timeless design and high-quality materials to ensure they withstand the test of time.

Wall sconces with LED bulbs are energy efficient in the long run. You have to engage a professional electrician when installing these types of lights. They are the best people to ask when the exterior wall where you want your new wall sconce installed has no power line.

Suppose you have a tight budget and don't have extra money to consult a professional. In that case, you can also get battery-operated wall sconces, which are demountable and rechargeable, just like your phone. Below are a few convenient and accessible examples to install and use.

Classic Outdoor Wall Sconce 1 Light in Matte Black Rectangular Metal Frame and Clear Glass Shade Waterproof Porch Light Patio LightClassic Outdoor Wall Sconce (SHOP ON AMAZON)
Everybody wants a timeless design for their home's exterior; one way to achieve that is by installing classic lighting fixtures. This rectangular outdoor wall sconce has a powder-coated black finish and is made of stunning galvanized steel. The clear glass cover looks well with the fixture's overall construction, which is perfect for modern and farmhouse-style homes.
LED Integrated Outdoor Indoor Wall Sconce, Black
LED Integrated Outdoor Wall Sconce (SHOP ON AMAZON)

Speaking of modern, this LED integrated light fixture has a clean and minimalist design that is perfect if your house façade features clean horizontal and vertical lines. I like the sleek shape, and its black finish makes it look unique and chic, especially for urban homes.

31.5inch Long Strip Modern Outdoor Wall Light Fixture, Black Wall Mount Lighting Sconce Long LED Linear Wall Lamp Exterior Lights Wall Sconce

LED Linear Wall Lamp (SHOP ON AMAZON)

I'm a big fan of this LED wall light because it's not only a light fixture to light up your space, but it also serves as a superb design feature for the exterior of your home. You can install it vertically or horizontally; I prefer vertical installation. It looks spotless and modern, suited for any home style.

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3) Pendant Lights

Pendant lights are popular for luxury homes with covered outdoor spaces like patios, verandas, or pergolas. These lights hang from the ceiling and provide a soft and intimate glow. Pendant lights come in various styles, from modern and sleek to traditional and ornate, allowing you to find the perfect match for your home's exterior design.

You can be very creative and stylish with these types of exterior lights. However, I strongly recommend timeless fixtures that go well with the overall design of your home's façade. Also, you have to consider not only the finish and colour of the pendant light but also the construction and whether the fixture is intended for exterior use. Below are some of my favourite exterior pendant lights that looked timeless and could go well with any façade colour.  

1-Light Outdoor Plug-in Pendant Light, Black Woven Fabric Shade, Matte Black, Designer Black Fabric Hanging Cord, E26 Base Socket, Kitchen Island, Café, Ceiling Hanging Light

Outdoor Plug-in Pendant Light (SHOP ON AMAZON)

This pendant light is perfect for a balcony, porch or patio and goes well if you have wicker or wood outdoor furniture. Because it's a plug-in, you have the versatility to move it around your house.

Outdoor Pendant Light Fixture, Farmhouse Exterior Hanging Lights with Adjustable Chain, Anti-Rust Aluminum Frame with Temperate Water Glass, Hanging Lantern for Front Door Ceiling Entry Porch

Farmhouse Exterior Hanging Light (SHOP ON AMAZON)

This light fixture is mainly made of brass and glass and can be installed outdoors or indoors. I like the combination of metal and glass in this fixture and the intricate yet clean details, such a perfect light fixture to have on your porch.

Outdoor Pendant Light, Matte Black Exterior Hanging Lantern, Anti-Rust Outdoor Hanging Light Fixture with Clear Glass, Farmhouse Outdoor Porch Chandelier for Gazebo, Patio, Yard

Black Exterior Hanging Lantern (SHOP ON AMAZON)

This is my favourite amongst my list of pendant lights on this blog. I like how the fixture's construction captured farmhouse and industrial design. The cylindrical glass and thin metal bars perfectly matched the matte black finish, absolutely stunning for patio or even gazebos.

4) In-Ground Lights

In-ground lights are an excellent option for illuminating driveways, pathways, or garden areas. These lights are installed flush with the ground, creating a seamless and elegant look. In-ground lights can make a dramatic effect by highlighting specific architectural features or landscaping elements. Opt for high-quality in-ground lights that are durable and weather-resistant.

These lights are usually part of the landscaping design process; they are primarily practical and add a softer mood to your backyard or pool area. They can be hardwired with a ground power source and controlled with a switch from your house, or they can also be solar-powered lights that I thought were cost-effective and sustainable.

Solar Powered Step Lights, LED Dock Lights Warm White 2700K Outdoor In-Ground Lights IP68 Waterproof Auto ON/Off for Garden Stairs Driveway Pathway Lighting

Solar Deck Lights (SHOP ON AMAZON)

If you have curved walkways or a deck, this light fixture is perfect because of its shape. The best thing about this lighting fixture is you don't need wiring to install it, and it is solar-powered, which is ideal for sunny Calgary.

Solar Deck Lights Outdoor, AGPTEK Solar Deck Lights 2 Color Modes Dock Lights Waterproof Warning Step Lights for Sidewalk Stair Driveway Garden Pathway Walkway Yard

2 Color Modes Dock Lights (SHOP ON AMAZON)

In-gound lights are also helpful as driveway markers or warning step lights; this fixture is suitable for both practical reasons. Plus, it has a dual colour (blue and white) changing mode, which I adore.

5) Chandeliers

Chandeliers can make a bold statement for homes with grand entrances or covered outdoor spaces. These hanging lights add a touch of luxury and create a luxurious atmosphere. Chandeliers come in various sizes and designs, allowing you to choose the one that best suits your home's style and design.

Like pendant lights, designers and homeowners can be creative and stylish when choosing the right chandelier for their entrances or covered patios. The style and look of the fixture is always the first thing we consider; however, we must keep in mind that the fixture's suitable materials and the right size are also necessary. You don't want to hang a massive ball of crystal lights on your porch, thus making it the only thing people notice on your house's exterior.

Crystorama Outdoor Chandelier Brian Patrick Flynn for Glacier 3 Light

Contemporary Outdoor Chandelier (SHOP ON AMAZON)

The concept and inspiration behind the light fixture are the calving icebergs of Antarctica. The finish of the metal, which is smoky black charcoal, goes well with the white glass panels. This fixture is excellent for modern farmhouse porch installation.

Starburst Light, Battery Operated Chandelier 180 LED, 8 Mode Firework Lights, Outdoor Ceiling Hanging Decoration Fairy Light for Christmas Tent Gazebo

Battery Operated Chandelier (SHOP ON AMAZON)

This lightweight, battery-operated chandelier is one of this blog's unique light fixtures. I like the fireworks effect it makes when it's on; it's suitable for hanging in pergolas or outdoor umbrellas—an excellent light feature for outdoor dining or movie nights.

Outdoor Chandelier Solar, Hanging Candle Lantern with 7pcs Solar Powered Votive Lights in Matt Black Finished Metal Candle Holders for Home, Garden, Backyard, Pergola, Gazebo, Tree, Window Decor

Solar Powered Candle Lantern (SHOP ON AMAZON)

This is your perfect match if you want something sleek and elegant chandelier. It is solar-powered, so no wires are needed. Great for gazebos, porches and pergolas, such a great light feature during outdoor dining or even for outdoor wedding receptions.

In conclusion, the proper exterior lighting can transform your luxury home into a breathtaking masterpiece. Whether you opt for LED landscape lighting, wall sconces, pendant lights, in-ground lights or chandeliers, choose high-quality fixtures that complement your home's aesthetics and enhance its beauty. With the perfect lighting, your home will shine bright and create a warm and inviting ambiance for you and your guests.

Disclaimer: My blog contains affiliate links. I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Blog feature images by Nick de Partee on Unsplash and Valiant Made on Unsplash.

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