A beautiful home can truly set you apart from the neighbors with stunning landscaping, a well-designed exterior, inviting pathways, and a backyard patio ready to entertain and relax with family and friends. But have you ever looked at your home from the outside at night? Can you even see it?

One of the details at Rockford Homes, your established home builders in Columbus, Ohio, that we think about when building a home is how to light up the exterior to help your home stand out, provide safety, and create a distinctive mood. What can you do around the outside of your home to light it up?

Lighting for the Exterior of Your Home:

  • Use fixtures that are larger than those you would use inside. If placing fixtures on both sides of the front door, choose a size that won’t overwhelm the space. Only one? Go a little larger.
  • Lighting should provide needed illumination, making it easy to enter the home and welcome visitors.
  • Choose fixture colors that complement your home, as well as a style that will work with the architecture of your home.
  • Durability is key here in Ohio. The fixtures should hold up to all weather scenarios.
  • If you have a large front porch, consider a pendant or hanging porch light that is at least 6” above the door instead of one attached to the wall. Drama!
  • Lighting on the garage above the door provides security as you leave and enter the property. There are amazing options available that can become a statement piece for your home.
  • You may want to light up more than your doors and garage. Add lighting to the corners or the second floor for added style and security. Think about providing focal points to draw the eye to your home’s exterior.

Area Lighting:

  • String lights create a fun way to add some light to a patio, deck, or sunroom. Simply hang them wherever you want, plug them in, and the party can start. Hang them from the corner of the house out to trees in the yard, brightening the yard and extending your evening fun.
  • Tiki torches provide a soft glow in dark areas or around the fire pit. They can be found everywhere in all price points. We’ve even seen solar-powered ones, meaning no open flame!
  • Solar lanterns and other overhead lights can be hung from trees or pergolas to add drama to the space.
  • Illuminate landscape features like trees, fountains, and more to add visual interest. Use lighting that reflects lighting down into planting beds. Uplighting is perfect to accent a tree or fountain.
  • Rope lighting on a fence or deck railing gives a perfect entertaining feel to your yard.
  • Remember that you aren’t a landing strip and too many lights can be too much of a good thing!

Pathway Lighting:

  • Lighting pathways not only provides safety but it allows you to use all outdoor areas at night.
  • Solar or electric landscape lights come in many different designs and sizes. A cord that is easy to bury connects electric lights. They are best used in a shady area that you want to spotlight. Set the timer and you don’t have to do anything else. Solar lights are perfect for pathways and garden edges that receive sun during the day.
  • Deck lighting is perfect to put on or under steps leading to your home or on your backyard deck.

Table Lighting:

  • Sand candles are as easy as pouring some colored sand into a glass or vase and inserting a votive candle (or a battery powered one). Dress up your table with these fun lights.
  • Floating candles help your table shimmer in the evening. Fill a bowl with water and flowers, lower the candles into the water, and watch the magic happen.
  • Solar lanterns add some whimsy to your table while providing a good source of light.

When choosing any lighting, think about wattage, task, accent, and placement. What do you want to accomplish with the lighting? Avoid lighting up your interior or even more-your neighbor’s interior. Think about using timers so you can set it and forget it. Whatever you choose, have fun lighting up your home’s exterior!