The perfect lighting for the balcony or garden – some insider tips!
There are a wide range of solutions for illuminating outdoor areas, be that patios, balconies or gardens.
The general advantages of wall-mounted outdoor lights
Wall exterior lights can be connected to the household power supply, are permanently installed and provide reliable and targeted light. In addition they can be switched on and off with a light switch or automatically via a motion sensor.
The lighting of paths and gardens
For lighting paths and driveways, path lights or plinth lights in front of the entrance gate are particularly suitable. Less functional and more emotional illumination for garden and balcony can be achieved by setting targeted lighting accents with a few outdoor lights instead of illuminating the outside area excessively. As a further tip, in order to optimally enjoy the garden in dark, and help create a feeling of space outdoors, it is a good idea to place lights in remote corners and not only to position light sources on the garden table or in the seating area. For an ideal atmosphere the light temperature is crucial.
Warm or cold light for outdoors? What does that mean?
Manufacturers always specify the light temperature in Kelvin, the lower the Kelvin the warmer the light temperature. In the garden and on the balcony, it is advisable to use outdoor lights with rather warm white light, as these do not form hard shadows, give the environment flowing contours and thus ensure more comfort. Some outdoor lights from manufacturers such as Gloster or Fermob also offer the option to switch between several light temperatures. You can also find full detailed information in our lighting dictionary.
What should you consider when buying outdoor lights?
Three aspects should always be carefully considered: practicality, aesthetics and safety. When buying an outdoor lamp always pay attention to the IP class, something particularly important on paths, where at least IP65 is required: this means that the lamps are completely dust-proof and protected against jets of water from any angle, which is particularly important when watering flowers or in event of an unexpected downpour.