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Electrical Times

Exterior Lighting

Friday 12 October, 2018

With winter on its way and the days getting dark, many people will be looking at how they can improve their outdoor lighting spaces.  Online wholesaler, ElectricalDirect, offers an extensive range of top quality products.

From an exterior lighting perspective, LEDs are far superior in terms of performance when compared to traditional lighting fixtures, and can be used within a variety of functions, including decorative and security applications.

When advising on the various LED lamps available on the market, it is important to ensure that they have the correct technical and design features to meet your customers’ needs.

Decorative Lighting

LED lamps come in a variety of colours and types. This makes them adaptable enough to provide highly creative and cost-effective systems outlining any garden landscape and creating a personalised outdoor space.

They can also be used to create dramatic features for garden fountains or swimming pool areas, as well as for wall lighting, patio lighting, landscape lighting, outdoor floodlights and decking lighting. Walkways and stairs can also be outlined with LED lighting, creating a safe and inspiring setting.

LED lighting is ideal for the garden as it is more durable and can withstand adverse weather conditions. It also produces less heat than other lighting, so is gentler on plants and safer for children and pets.

Security Lighting

LED lamps have a thick epoxy coating which makes them incredibly resilient, and therefore a perfect choice for security applications. As their life-span comes to an end, LEDs fade rather than break, giving the owner adequate time to replace the lamp before outdoor spaces are left in the dark.

The light generated by an LED is usually a bright white light, similar to daylight. By installing these lamps, users can easily see objects in the dark, making them perfectly suited for motion sensing security systems. Some modern security lighting systems now also come with an integral motion-sensitive infrared camera, helping to make homes even more secure.


Floodlights can be used for a variety of purposes, whether lighting a building, car park, driveway or other outdoor space.

LED floodlights are up to 90% more energy efficient than their halogen equivalents and operate reliably in very cold temperatures down to around -20°C. They are resistant to shock or vibration, and have a long lifespan, making LEDs an excellent choice for hard-to-reach areas where replacing a lamp may be difficult.

The natural directional output of an LED floodlight also helps to cut out stray light which is important when placing external lighting in built up areas or close to roads.


While LEDs use direct light, meaning there is no unnecessary light overspill, those fitting them should be careful that the intensity and direction of light does not disturb others. People can suffer extreme disturbance due to excessive or poorly-designed lighting intruding on their space.

Security lights fitted with passive infra-red detectors (PIRs) and/or timing devices should be adjusted so that they minimise nuisance to neighbours. They should be set so that they are not triggered by traffic or pedestrians passing outside a property. It is also worth investigating whether the property is a listed building as, if so, the local planning authority will need to be consulted before any work can begin.

While LED is a clear choice for external lighting solutions, there are a number of options and factors to take into consideration when planning for optimum use. See ElectricalDirect’s range of LED lighting at www.electricaldirect.co.uk.

At ElectricalDirect, electricians can choose from a wide range of over 7,500 quality products, all of which are in stock ready for next day delivery, all over the UK.