Where To Position Outdoor Wall:Outdoor Lighting Placement

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The role and use of LED lights and outdoor wall lights

LED lights are a semiconductor light source with the advantages of high efficiency, energy saving and environmental protection, and are widely used in lighting applications.

Outdoor wall lights, on the other hand, are a common type of outdoor lighting equipment used to illuminate and decorate building facades to improve the aesthetics and safety of buildings.

They are widely used in cities, villages and scenic areas and play an important role.

Different types of outdoor wall lights

Outdoor wall lights can be classified according to lighting effect, shape, material and other factors.

For example, according to the lighting effect, they can be divided into spotlights, spill lights, projection lights, etc.; according to the shape, they can be divided into European, Chinese, modern, etc.; according to the material, they can be divided into stainless steel, aluminium alloy, plastic, etc.

Choosing the right light, considering the place, atmosphere and needs

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When choosing outdoor wall lights, factors such as place, atmosphere and needs need to be taken into consideration.

For example, parks and squares need large areas of lighting and are suitable for spill lights, while large buildings need more visually striking lighting and are suitable for spot or projection lights.

In addition, different places and atmospheres require different luminaires to create the right ambience.

Placement of wall lights

The placement of outdoor wall lights requires a number of factors to be considered. Firstly, it is important to consider the sunlight and to choose a location with sufficient light to make the most of natural light sources.

Secondly, it is important to consider wind direction and drainage to avoid the lights being blown over or water entering.

Finally, aesthetics and safety should also be considered, choosing the right height and spacing to ensure that the wall light can effectively illuminate the building façade.

Height, spacing and distance from the wall

The height, spacing and distance from the wall are also important to note. Generally speaking, the height of the wall light should be chosen according to the height of the building and the material of the wall, with a height of between 1.8m and 2.5m being recommended.

The spacing of the wall light depends on the length and width of the wall and is generally recommended to be between 2m and 4m.

The distance from the wall is generally recommended to be between 0.3m and 0.5m to make the most of the lighting effect of the luminaire.

Placement of lampposts

Unlike wall lights, the placement of lampposts needs to take into account road, pedestrian and vehicular factors.

Generally speaking, lampposts should be placed in the flow of traffic to improve the safety of pedestrians and vehicles.

In addition, the height and spacing of the bollards should be considered in order to adequately illuminate the roadway and surroundings.

Height and spacing of lampposts

The height and spacing of lampposts will also need to be selected to suit the location and needs of each site.

For example, city streets and rural roads require lower height columns, typically between 3m and 6m, while motorways require higher height columns, typically over 10m.

The spacing of the lampposts also needs to be chosen according to the width and length of the road, typically between 20 and 50 metres.

Placement of other luminaires

In addition to wall lights and lampposts, the placement of other luminaires also needs to be considered. 、

For example, the placement of exterior entrance lights requires consideration of the location and size of the entrance, as well as the lighting effect and aesthetics of the luminaire; the placement of lampholders requires consideration of the shape and size of the luminaire, as well as the location and ambience.

Installation steps for LED lights

To install LED lights you need to select the right luminaire and then install it according to the installation instructions.

Generally speaking, the installation steps for LED lights include: determining the installation position, punching holes, installing the bracket, connecting the wires, installing the luminaire, and adjusting the direction of the luminaire.

Connecting the wires

Connecting the wires is one of the important steps in the installation of LED lights. Correctly connecting the wires will ensure the normal use and safety of the luminaire.

When connecting the wires, you need to strip the outer skin of the wires first, then use the wire connectors to connect the wires to ensure that the wires are firmly and safely connected.

Regular maintenance of LED lamps

Regular maintenance of your LED luminaire will extend the life of the luminaire and maintain the lighting effect.

Regular maintenance includes cleaning the luminaire and replacing the bulbs.

To clean the luminaire, turn off the power and wipe the surface with a detergent and soft cloth, avoiding caustic cleaning agents.

When replacing bulbs, choose the right type and size of bulb to avoid oversized or undersized bulbs that may cause poor lighting or damage to the luminaire.

This article is just a simple sharing of knowledge on where outdoor lights should be placed, if you have more good ideas, please feel free to write in and discuss together.


Where should outdoor wall lights be placed?

A:Ideally you’ll place outdoor lights in key areas close to where you’ll be moving or operating at night, such as porch lights or garage lighting. Exterior wall lights can be placed next to a porch, in front of a garage, at a side door, or on a rear wall depending on how you access and move around the building.

Where should a light post be placed?

A:Since they typically shine in all directions, post lights are best used in an expansive area like the bottom or top of a shorter driveway, or a couple more placed evenly along a longer drive.

How far from door should exterior lights be?

A:A good rule of thumb is to choose fixtures about 1/4 to 1/3 the height of your front door and hang them around 6′ from the ground.

What is the best height for outdoor wall lights?

A:As a general rule of thumb, wall lights should be positioned around 152-170cm (around 5-5.5ft) above floor level, while multiple wall lights should be placed around 250-300cm (or 8-10ft) apart. You should aim for the top of the wall light to sit at eye level, to avoid glare from the exposed bulb.

How far from wall should lights be?

A:If you plan to illuminate an entire wall or accent particular architectural features or pieces of art, the rule of thumb is to place your recessed light fixtures between 1.5 feet and 3 feet from the wall. If your fixtures are fixed, they should be placed a bit closer to the wall.

What is the best spacing for lights?

A:As a rule of thumb, we suggest you divide your ceiling height by 2 to give you the space required between each downlight. For example if your ceiling is 8 foot high, then position your lights 4 feet apart.

What should be the distance of a downlight or wall floodlight from a wall?

A:Spacing. Recessed downlights are generally positioned 1.5 to 2 ft. away from walls with a space of 3 to 4 feet between each light. Dividing the ceiling height by two is a way of gauging how much space to leave between each downlight.

Can you install a wall light anywhere?

A:Unlike ceiling lights, which need to go in the center of the room, or lamps that are defined by their proximity to sockets and furniture, wall lights can be positioned anywhere they are needed – whether that’s practically or aesthetically.


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