LED Yard Lights and Fixtures
Shop our extensive offering of LED Yard Light Fixtures including Shoebox, Pole Top, Area Lighting, Security Fixtures, Wall Packs, Stadium and High Mast Lights, all designed to provide bright efficient LED lighting to your outdoor space or areas.
These fixtures can replace HID (Metal Halide and HPS Lights) or fluorescent fixtures, while achieving incredible energy savings and dramatically cutting maintenance costs over the life of the fixtures.
LED Yard Lighting Guide
During the day, the front of your building is breathtaking, giving a great first impression to clients, business associates, or future employees. But what happens after the sun sets? Does your building and the beautiful landscaping you paid for fade into the darkness? Or are they well-illuminated, attracting customers and prospects even at nighttime?
The space outside a commercial property speaks a lot about a company. It may be the determining factor whether potential clients do business with you or go to a competitor.
When planned properly, LED yard lighting can transform the look of your yard. A beautifully illuminated yard is a perfect place to spend time during the day and at night. Lighting changes the overall mood of the space and enhances the natural features. It makes a yard look bright during the night and also makes it safe for people using it.
LED yard lighting allows you to enjoy the beauty of your yard long after the sun has set. It can make your yard more dramatic. Well-placed spotlights and wall pack lights can cast intriguing shadows and highlight plants and even water features. LED path lighting and deck lighting can highlight your yard’s most important details and help people to walk across it safely by guiding the way.
Types of LED Yard Lights
When it comes to LED yard lighting, some lights are meant to be discreet. The fixtures are not visible but the light shines brightly. This is not what path lighting does. Lighting fixtures that are used to illuminate pathways can offer aesthetically pleasing displays and standout style.
Path lights are the most common type of LED yard lights as there's no commercial property that is devoid of pathways. The lights are small posts with a built-in light capped with a diffuser. The light can be spread out on a walkway or frame a feature in the yard. For instance, well-positioned path lights can be used to illuminate a fish pond, an outdoor seating area, or a water fountain.
A variety of lighting fixtures can be used to safely illuminate pathways with both ambient and direct light. While the major purpose of path lighting is safety, this doesn't mean that the paths must be peppered with light fixtures with high-intensity bulbs. Installing a few fixtures on each side of the path will ensure that it is adequately illuminated and still maintain some intrigue.
Floodlights and Spotlights
When choosing lighting fixtures for your yard, you need several types of lights to achieve the look you desire. Different lights working together enhance your yard’s visual appeal, direct traffic, highlight particular features, and increase security. Spotlights and floodlights are two popular options for yard lighting. However, we know it can be confusing to differentiate the two and to determine the best one for different lighting needs. So, let's look at them in detail.
Spotlights usually provide a beam of light no wider than 45° (width). They are normally used as up-lights to highlight specific yard features. Spotlights can highlight specific objects like statues. They are also the go-to lights when you want to focus the light to a specific area without causing light pollution. Spotlights are also used in LED yard lighting designs that use light and shadow for visual interest.
Floodlights typically have a wider beam spread and are used in places where broader illumination is desired. For instance, they can be used to illuminate a large patio or a parking area. The beam spread of floodlights is over 45° and goes up to 120°. Apart from lighting up a guest parking area or a patio, floodlights can be paired with downlights that are installed high up in trees (or on other structures) to moonlight bathe a garden, a patio, or a lawn.
Wall Grazing Lights
You may be familiar with lights that are used to wall wash indoor spaces. In some interior spaces, track lights are used to wall wash entire walls with light, emphasizing art pieces and directing the flow of traffic away from a room's centre. However, there's a difference between wall washing and wall grazing.
Wall washing is usually done at ceiling height while wall grazing is done from the ground. And while the two may sound similar, their effects are quite different. Wall grazing draws attention to textured surfaces by magnifying their special textures and architectural characters for a more dynamic look.
Wall grazing makes materials such as mosaic tiles, polished stone, etched glass, natural stone, and wood the focal point of the space. It works excellently at skimming a wall’s surface from another angle to show off the beauty of its special materials and features.
Wall grazing is not illuminating strips in coves as they cannot cover the walls entirely. It also isn't the effect created by track fixtures in coves that are separately aimed as they create a thick, inconsistent light pattern. It is not the result created by super bright light fixtures that illuminate a wall from a distance as this washes out the wall’s texture because of close proximity. The lights that are commonly used for wall grazing are flood lights.
Important Rules of Wall Grazing
- The mounting distance for the light fixtures must never be more than 12 inches
- It is not recommended for walls that have things mounted on them as this creates glaring reflections and unwanted shadows.
- When wall grazing, steer clear of walls that have unbecoming textures or badly taped dry walls.
Uplighting is a technique where lights are installed below or at ground level in order to shine the light upwards. It is one of the most basic forms of yard lighting and is used to add intrigue to tall structures, flag poles, or trees. Some lighting experts highlight the trunks of large trees or the undersides of tree canopies to emphasize their beauty.
Uplighting is particularly good at highlighting focal points in a garden. Spotlights are the most popular lights for uplighting and are installed on the ground to point light upwards to reveal all the interesting colors and textures that are usually not visible at night.
Up lights can:
- Emphasize or establish outdoor space boundaries
- Highlight yard features such as plants or unique architectural details
- Add shadows to a yard to create nighttime drama.
- Contribute ambient light for enhanced safety and security
- Add depth to exterior walls, perimeters, and other flat surfaces
Outdoor lighting is not just about drawing attention to a fish pond, shrubs, or well-watered flowers. Your yard lighting design must incorporate security lights to help people navigate well after dark and create a sense of safety. Pole top lights can be used to illuminate walkways, streetscapes, green spaces, and gathering areas. Wall pack lights can be used to light up yards and building perimeters. They work well in spaces with a lot of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Pole top lights are used for decorative lighting purposes while wall pack lights are ideal for surveillance. LED shoebox lights, which are intensely bright and have high color rendering indexes, are perfect for large areas that require broad-scope light. They work well with surveillance cameras and allow them to capture everything clearly.
LED security lights can be paired with timers or dusk-to-dawn photocells so that they are only on when light is needed and not all the time – or require you to flip a switch. Since LED lights use significantly less energy than HID and fluorescent lamps (up to 75% less), pairing them with lighting controls will only work in your favor as the energy savings can go down by up to 90%. Some of the lighting fixtures feature 110°-360° motion-sensing capability for enhanced safety and security.
Choosing the Best LED Yard Lights
Choose the Right Lights for the Space
In the past, metal halide, high-pressure sodium, and compact fluorescent lamps were common in outdoor spaces. But these days, LEDs are virtually the only lighting source used by professionals. This is mainly due to their low energy consumption, long lifespan, as well as low heat-emitting ability.
LEDs are also directional light sources, which means fewer lights may be needed in a yard as many lights will not have to compensate for lost light. HIDs emit light in 360° and a lot of it is lost to the environment.
Technological innovations have also led to the creation of RGB LEDs. These lights can change to almost any color because they have red, green, and blue LED diodes inside them. RGB LEDs are perfect for the exterior spaces of commercial buildings as they allow for the ambiance of a space to change with the push of a button.
The LED light fixtures of today also feature new and improved designs. They are visually appealing and can be designed according to your specific needs and configurations.
Dark Sky Compliance
Have you ever looked up at the sky one night hoping to see beautiful twinkling stars but all you saw was a halo of bleary light? That was most definitely light pollution. The International Dark-Sky Association advocates for shielded light fixtures that minimize glare, light trespass, and sky glow.
The Dark Sky Movement recommends that light should not be brighter than necessary, should only be on when needed, only be used in the area where it's needed, and be fully shielded. The lights should also have less blue light emissions.
The color of light is very important. Metal halide and LED lighting fixtures contain high quantities of blue light which brightens the night sky more than other light colors. It is important to minimize the amount of blue light emitted at night because this light has been shown to affect the circadian rhythm of both humans and animals. LEDs with lower correlated color temperatures have less blue light in their spectrums (they are “warm” in appearance) and are recommended by the IDA for outdoor spaces.
If the area you live in promotes dark sky compliance in outdoor lighting, get lighting fixtures that are rated Dark Sky Compliant as they direct light downwards and prevent light trespass, glare, and sky glow.
Get the Voltage Right
Illuminating a walkway or highlighting a flower bed at night can be done with low-voltage lighting. This type of lighting only uses less than 20 volts to power all lighting fixtures, unlike line voltage which uses up to 120 volts. When illuminating your yard, there's no need to install dangerous electrical wires that pose a constant threat of shock or injury.
Installing outdoor lighting is a big-impact project. With low-voltage lighting, even novice electricians can help with installation because the lights are safe to use and install. Take time to determine the application of your LED yard lights and make sure you have the voltage you need.
UL Listing is Important
Water and electricity do not mix. While this is common knowledge, it is important to keep in mind when buying lighting fixtures for an outdoor location – because they will be exposed to water in the form of snow, rain, or hail.
Lighting fixtures that do not have the right certifications will pose a hazard if they come into contact with water. The water may damage the fixtures, or even worse, cause the fixtures to explode or electrocute people. But the good news is that LED yard lights are specially-designed to be safe around moisture and water.
These lights are usually tested and rated by independent product safety certification organizations. UL, whose full name is Underwriters Laboratories, gives consumer products a UL listing. Intertek, another product safety certification organization, gives products and ETL Listed Mark. Most lighting fixtures for outdoor spaces carry one of two UL Listed Marks: UL Listed for Damp Locations or UL Listed for Wet Locations.
Only lighting fixtures that are suitable for damp locations can be used in these locations. A damp location is an exterior space that is periodically or continually exposed to condensation of moisture. Lighting fixtures that are suitable for wet locations are perfect for wet exterior spaces.
A wet location can be an outdoor or indoor location where water may splash, flow, or drip against or on the electrical components of a lighting fixture. When getting LED yard lighting, check the UL listing to ensure they are perfect for your location.
The Lighting Should Complement the Outdoor Color Palette
Each commercial property is unique, this is why the first step in your outdoor lighting design should be to sit down with your lighting designer to determine your needs. Most lighting companies, like My LED Lighting Guide, offer a free photometric analysis to determine the lighting needs of your outdoor space.
After the analysis, a lighting expert develops a customized yard lighting design that provides function and perfectly complements your property. LED yard lights come in a variety of colors and finishes to perfectly match your color choices and highlight your yard.
You can opt for metallic finishes like titanium, chrome, aluminum, or brushed nickel – which are always popular. If you would like a minimalist appearance, go for understated white and black finishes. You can never go wrong with these two.