It can be tough deciding which type of fitting will provide enough light whilst still being aesthetically pleasing. Exterior lighting can be simple, heritage, modern, coastal or industrial. There is a style to suit all the different types of homes out there.
Once you have decided on a style you are happy with you will need to think about what the purpose of the light fitting is and if it will be providing enough light for the location. Security lighting, which sometimes comes with a sensor built in needs to be very bright and pointing in a location where you can see as much as possible. If the light is under a pergola where you will be eating and spending time, you will need maximum brightness and functionality. If you just want small feature lights around your garden to create ambiance, the brightness may not be as important as the style. If you have chosen a style but are finding there isn’t enough light – it is possible to change to some brighter LED globes for increased brightness.
When purchasing outdoor lights, it is important to consider whether or not you are in a location where rusting could be a concern. If you are in a coastal region or somewhere that the lights may be exposed to excess moisture you may want to consider purchasing products made from either plastic and aluminium or 316 marine grade stainless steel. 304 stainless steel fittings are suitable in areas exterior areas where rusting is not a concern. Check the descriptions of individual products to find out what rating it has.