If you have a pathway leading to your front door or a walkway that winds through your backyard, nighttime can make it difficult to navigate if you don’t have the proper lighting. Outdoor home lighting is not only useful for seeing, but also brings a liveliness and sense of design to your home’s exterior. If you are considering installing or updating your home’s outdoor lighting system, you may not be entirely sure what style or setup you should choose. Today, the Red Deer Lighting team wants to give you some tips to decide what outdoor home lighting will be best and how you can utilize them properly.  


When it comes to path and exterior lighting, there are many options to choose from. The choice will depend on a number of factors, such as landscaping, layout, and personal preference. When it comes to the style of outdoor lighting you will choose, the function and positioning of the fixtures make all the difference. Some styles of exterior home lighting include:

  • Downlights: If you don’t have the ability to wire lights along a pathway, utilizing the siding of your home can be a great option to provide quality exterior lighting. Similar to a spotlight, these lights can be setup in a tree on your front lawn or landscape and give off a delicate, warm light. It illuminates a pathway or entrance softly, without too much brightness at night.
  • Traditional path lights: The mini-lanterns and lamp posts you often see lining a walkway are the norm when it comes to outdoor yard lights. They come in many varieties, including solar, LED, and traditional. These tend to have a bit less power and illuminate well so the boundaries of a pathway are defined and lit well enough to walk, but would not do well for other activities requiring more light, such as throwing the ball around.
  • Ground spotlights: similar to traditional path lights, ground spotlights are miniature floodlights that have less power, but face up and out. These illuminate the ground and provide a bit more upward light, rather than the circular pattern of the traditional option.
  • Step lights: If the pathway leading to your home’s doors has steps, sometimes it can be difficult to judge the distance and height in the dark. Installing outdoor lights for your patio steps can circumvent this problem by illuminating each step, allowing you and your guests to know exactly where steps will be landing.

There are numerous styles of outdoor home lighting for paths and stairs. Knowing these styles will give you a baseline to decide what is best for your needs.

Solar is Coming

Wiring outdoor lighting can be a labor-intensive process that requires a great deal of digging, routing, and hiding unsightly wires. Contemporary outdoor lighting utilizes solar technology to power your pathway lights. Rather than digging and rewiring, solar garden and landscape lights remove the need for electricity. They collect power throughout the sunny parts of the day and use that energy to power themselves when the sun goes down. If you are looking for a less labor-intensive option, solar lights can serve that purpose right out of the box.

Outdoor lighting is just as important as the rest of your home. When it comes to your exterior, installing a lighting system not only improves safety, but also opens up a new world of functionality. From ensuring no one sprains an ankle to increasing the curb appeal of your home, pathway lighting can do it all. If you have any questions about what the best outdoor lighting is for you, stop by Red Deer Lighting’s showroom! We have a highly knowledgeable staff and a wide selection to choose from. We are Alberta’s best lighting company and we look forward to working with you!