External lighting adds a completely new flavour to your garden or your home’s façade. Extending the daylight hours is only a small part of the idea when it comes to light fittings that will be based out of doors. Creating some areas where the light intensity is relatively high is a good idea for any spaces that you will be using during the evening. For instance, this might be under a pavillion or a porch, where you want to hold a cook out during the evening. In such places, it is a good idea to keep the level of light as uniform as possible so that no areas or perceived to be more dark than elsewhere.
There are external lighting products available specifically designed to create this level of illuminated uniformity. However, lower levels of light with less uniformity work in a more architectural sense in other external situations. Splashes and washes of light can create great theatrical flourishes. They can also be highly functional, assisting with way-finding and pointing out trip hazards. When it comes to designing your own external lighting, it is best to blend these different sort of effects.