How to Choose Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting

Depending on the use you want to make your outdoor lighting system, there are several control modes. The classic manual control, it is turned on and off by pressing a button or a switch, and automatic control.

Choose Outdoor Lighting

Motion detector

Associated with a projector, a series of lights or spotlights or other lighting, motion sensor enables automatic ignition detection on an after dark .

The motion detector is generally equipped with three types of settings  : the smoothness of the motion detection, the lighting time after detection and brightness threshold Outside from which it fires Economic and autonomous, the motion detector can be supplemented with a switch to convert the forced lighting .


The timer allows a light source to turn off automatically after a time determined upstream (adjustable). The timer is activated with one or more push buttons.

These buttons are strategically placed (near a door at the top of a staircase …) while the timer itself is offset in a box or in a cabinet.

Most often a graduated knob or a small screen to set the ignition time after pressing a pushbutton. The big advantage is you can install several push buttons in various places but with a single timer to control lighting.

Light switch

Simple lighting wirelessly to touch or on the drive, the types of switches are numerous. Yet they all have the same goal: to establish electrical contact and allow the supply of a lighting device. This is the easiest way to control your or your light sources.

Ideal for outdoor lighting (see and set up a light switch. It’s very convenient to find the switch when the light is off because a light indicates the switch position. And when the switch is installed inside and it controls outdoor lighting, this can help some energy savings if you forgot to turn off on the way to your terrace or your garden!

5 Tips for choosing the right outdoor lighting

Select lighting based on need

Need to materialize an alley at night? Of recessed spotlights, light terminals, solar lights etc. Combine aesthetics and practicality: it is useless to light the street or the front of the house if you’re simply looking to illuminate the driveway!

Adapt bulbs

A high intake over a short time is not energy while it is on a direct and functional lighting. Prefer low energy light bulbs for your long summer evenings!  Remember a high protection factor.

Over the IP, the more it guarantees optimum performance and a longer life. Between two lights, choose the one with a betterwatertightness and dust .

Adjust and aim lights

Set timer and sensor movement is synonymous with economy. A motion sensor and a timer set incorrectly are inefficient or useless. Similarly, the beam produced by a functional lighting must be oriented when the need is found.

Choose sustainable materials

Prefer for your lighting carcasses and structures in stainless steel or aluminum if you live by the sea or simply if you want a sustainable purchasing. And if you have children, think that applies outside or light projection is not immune to a ball shot: choose solid!