Lighting Up the Exterior of Your House and Limiting Light Pollution

Homes are now not just the house but they are actually spilling into the outdoors as people are now looking to their garden to create more living space. However lighting up your outside can create light pollution and you do need to take the neighbors into consideration before you go outdoor light crazy. You can get various lights for your outdoors that stock solar lighting and other such lights you may need.

You may want to light up paths, landscaped areas you may soon realise that lighting the outdoors is harder than your home because there are no walls in which the light can be bounced off.


You are able to make outdoor lighting work by firstly keeping it to yourself. Your light can be considered trespassing when the outdoor lights glare into the neighbors property or even into their home.

You are able to eliminate the glare of outdoor floodlights on your neighbors you can buy lights that are less intense you can also get lights that have shields. You can buy shields or visors that will also help in stopping wind and branches triggering motion censored lights. A light wrap can be used on exterior wall lights which are usually steel housing and are able to mute harsh light. If you have lights on your paths you can use tulip shaped lights, capped lights and tier lights so the light is spread on the ground.

You will need to aim the lights correctly so that they do not create a glare on to your neighbors and you are able to buy lights that have the aiming fixture. You will need to keep aiming your light until you find the correct aim. You will need to check the lights from inside the home as well as off site to check they are right.

The lights that you need should only be used where you actually need them. Let’s say you need light in an outdoor workspace like at a grill or a bar, you should only have the light directed on these instead of lighting up the entire deck.

You can also dim the lights in all other areas. There are light fixtures that have an intensity feature so you are able to turn down the brightness of these lights.

You can also brighten some areas and allow others to remain dim. This is so that people are not blinded by your outdoor lights and can see the areas that they need. If you have lights to direct people to your door then these can be brighter but landscape lights will then need to be dimmer so that the entire area is not well lit. You can choose the areas that you want to have a more intensity of light and areas which do not need to be so bright.

Outdoor lighting can be great especially for safety but at the same time light pollution is a problem and your neighbors will not take kindly to the fact that your garden is a blaze with light.

Map out the lighting that you want in your garden and determine how much light you need in the areas.

Charles Tingle writes for a bi-monthly electrical products magazine. For more information and advice on finding the right energy efficient bulbs for your home, he recommend BLT Direct. He can usually be found interviewing designers, or planning his next big feature.