Outdoor lighting

Why Should You Bother With Exterior Lighting?

While the benefits might not be immediately evident, outdoor lighting has the potential to completely transform an outdoor space. Whether you are using landscape lighting to highlight beautifully sculpted landscaping features or security lights to keep paths well-lit at night, installing new light fixtures can take your yard or commercial outdoor space to the next level.When it comes to outdoor lighting, one of the things that causes people to hesitate is they have no idea where to start. After all, there are seemingly endless options and it can be difficult to see the end product before you even start.At Butler Lighting, we’re here to offer our expertise. Since 1948, we’ve provided top-quality lighting products and design solutions in North Carolina. We know that developing a lighting strategy can be intimidating at first, but our team of design experts will be there for you every step of the way.One of the first things is to realize is that a beautiful outdoor lighting strategy can be affordable, and thus, attainable. At our lighting showrooms in High Point and Greensboro, you’ll find a massive selection of exterior lighting options to meet the needs of any budget.From ornate outdoor chandeliers to reasonably priced outdoor ceiling fans and wall sconces, our team will help find the perfect fixtures for your home or business — all while staying within your price point.

Security Benefits Of A Well-Lit Outdoor Space

One of the strongest arguments in favor of outdoor lighting is that it provides a sense of security and safety. Using lights along walkways can help expose tripping hazards (such as a garden hose or toys that were left out) as you walk about your yard at night.

However, the safety benefits of proper lighting don’t just end at being able to see when it’s dark out. Outdoor lighting can also be a deterrent for burglars. Someone who’s intent on breaking in to your home or business will likely think twice.

Outdoor lights can also keep your home or commercial property more secure. A thief (or thieves) will be far less motivated to target your property if there are lights shining on them to expose their dark and shady activities.

Beauty And Functionality

Exterior lighting isn’t only about functionality; it’s also about making your outdoor space as beautiful as it can possibly be. Landscape lighting can be used to highlight particularly stunning pieces of landscaping.

You can also use an outdoor lighting strategy to bring even more life to outdoor entertainment areas. Outdoor ceiling fans are a great way to help keep your guests cool during an outdoor summer barbecue, while providing light as it gets dark. You can also use landscape lighting around your pool to give it a resort-type feel.

One of the best things about outdoor lighting is the sheer amount of options and customization opportunity you have. Whether you prefer to use a mixture of hanging lights and post lights or are content with patio lights or wall sconces, you can develop a lighting strategy that fits your personal taste and the style of your home.

Still not sure you can do it? Our professional lighting consultants can help guide you in the right direction. From selecting the right products to installing them in such a way that makes your outdoor space truly magical.

Design Types

All exterior fixtures below come in a wide range of sizes, finishes, collections or families.

Wall Mount

Wall mounted lights are very common and can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and can provide many different kinds of lighting. Wall mounted lights can function well in a group, or as stylish individual units.

Outdoor Wet Rated Ceiling Fans

Damp rated fans need to be placed in covered outdoor areas (screen porch, overhang, front patio), wet rated can be rained and poured onto directly.

Exterior Hanging Lights

Hanging lights are lights that hang from overhangs, or any ceiling-like spaces on the exterior of your home. Hanging lights can provide tons of lighting if they are placed properly, and with many designs to choose from they can transform your exterior.

Post Lights

Post lights are lights that are fixed onto a post, typically encased in glass. These posts are great for adding flair to your exterior, and they provide ample lighting to any space they are placed in.

Landscape Lighting

Though landscape lighting is an umbrella term, it is typically used to describe any light that is illuminating your landscaping. Landscape lighting can come in the form of lights on the ground, or any lighting that accentuates your landscaping.

Security Lighting

Security lighting is meant to deter any potential threats from your home. Security lighting can come in the form of flood lights, or other motion-sensor lighting that will alert you when someone walks in certain spaces.

Wide Range Of Outdoor Lighting Options


Close To Ceiling Lights:
Close to ceiling lights are designed to be relatively unassuming. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t have their place. If you select the right ones, they can beautifully blend in with your ceiling and provide the illumination you need.


Outdoor Ceiling Fans:
North Carolina summers can get hot, even during the evenings after the sun goes down. With an outdoor ceiling fan or two, you can keep the party outside and your guests comfortable the whole night through. Many ceiling fans also come equipped with a light source.


Landscape Lighting:
Landscape lighting is used to draw attention to specific landscaping features like waterfalls or particularly beautiful plants. It can also help light walkways for safe travel. Most of all, these lights allow you to enjoy your outdoor space even when the sun has gone down.


Wall Sconces :
Like almost any lighting feature, sconces range from simple to ornate. When it comes to selecting the right outdoor sconce, the most important thing to consider is the style of your architecture and landscaping and choose the one that matches best.


Hanging Lights:
At Butler Lighting, we have almost 2,000 different types and styles of hanging lights that range from simple and practical to elegant and ornate. Hanging lights are a great way to beautify your outdoor patio or living room area.


Post Lights:
Posts are interesting features that can be used to light walkways or outdoor areas. With post lighting, you can customize both the types of posts you’re using as well as the lights that mount them, giving you a great degree of freedom in your lighting strategy.


Security Lights:
Security lights are designed to keep your home well-lit and safe. If you want to get the most from your security lights, they can also be equipped with motion sensors so you don’t have to deal with turning them on and off as necessary.


Patio Lights:
Like almost any lighting feature, sconces range from simple to ornate. When it comes to selecting the right outdoor sconce, the most important thing to consider is the style of your architecture and landscaping and choose the one that matches best.

Exterior Lighting FAQs

When referring to an outdoor light fixed to a wall, the terms wall sconce, exterior wall lighting, and wall mounted lights are all interchangeable. Lights fixed on top of a surface, column or pole can be called pier mounted lights, or post lights. Landscape lighting can refer to path lights, spotlights, or path lighting. Though landscape lighting and decorative lighting share certain characteristics, they are not the same. There are also other kinds of lights that don’t fall into these categories such as hanging exterior lights.

Though some of these overlap the primary uses for exterior lighting are to use them as decoration, to fulfill some kind of task, to accentuate your landscaping, or to provide security. There are many different ways to go about implementing exterior lights. Our experts at Butler Lighting can help you learn more.

LED lights are good for any lighting project. Any socket can use an LED bulb. LED bulbs require less maintenance and use up less energy than other bulbs. Not only can LEDs be used for outdoor use, but we actually recommend them.

Pathway lighting should typically be a couple of yards away. Landscape lights that are decorative, or those that shine at the home will be as far away as they need to be depending on their position and application. There is no set distance.

In most cases it is recommended that you make use of a conduit. There are some circumstances where they are not needed. An expert at Butler Lighting will be able to help with your specific situation.

Outdoor security lighting can be placed anywhere you feel could be compromised. Some typical locations include near entrances such as your front and back doors, and by your garage. You can also have them near windows and such.

A good piece of outdoor lighting will always be at least weather resistant and more often than not can deal with the elements for long periods of time. At Butler we only sell quality pieces of lighting equipment that can deal with the outdoors.

Though there is a spectrum for lightbulbs and their uses, we always recommend LED lights. They are very weather-resistant and have the most long-lasting capability compared to other lights. Though there are situations where we would recommend something else, LED lights are very reliable.


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