Driveway lighting is something to think about now that fall is around the corner, we no longer have daylight savings time and winter is coming. Some type of outdoor lighting should be used for safety and security since we now come home from work and it is getting dark.

More hours of darkness mean more opportunities for would-be burglars, and it could put you and your loved ones more at risk from suffering an injury in the dark areas around the house. If you do not come home every night until after dark you can use outdoor timers to turn on the lights outside and inside your home. A dusk-to-dawn control that screws in will allow you to convert a lamp post or any traditional light into one that will turn on at dusk and go off at dawn.

The majority of the exterior lights should be outdoor security lighting to brighten up all the entryways into your home. You may want to consider placing motion-detection lights, which come on only when some type of motion is sensed, at the front, back, and side entrances to your home. You may also want to use this type of lighting on a storage shed, a detached garage, a gate, or on a garage door that is attached to the house. If you have a covered porch, you can use a flush mount fixture to an exterior hanging lantern or even a chandelier to illuminate the area and to welcome your quests at the same time.

For those of us without a covered entryway, outdoor wall lighting or wall lanterns can add both safety and decoration to your home. We need to be sure the lights we use are designed for exterior use as it needs a finish that will withstand everything Mother Nature throws at them. If you use a single lantern at an entryway it should be mounted about one-third the height of the doorway; if planning on a matching pair they should be approximately one-quarter to one-half the height of the doorway.

Now that we are receiving more hours of darkness, we will be using more electricity, so we should replace the old incandescent bulbs with CFLs or compact fluorescent light bulbs. These Energy Star-rated bulbs use seventy-five percent less energy and generally last up to ten times longer than the standard light bulbs. We can save roughly seventy dollars a year just by placing CFLs in the most commonly used light fixtures inside our homes.

Low voltage lighting is the kind of outdoor landscape lighting that uses 12 volts instead of 120 volts of electricity. The 12-volt system does not require an electrician for installation which makes them safe and easy to work with, and they are very popular with many homeowners. An added benefit of these lights is that light fixtures can be added to it and adjusted even though they are plugged in and turned on. Outdoor lighting low voltage kits are quite affordable and can be found in hardware stores and home and garden centers.

Solar lighting is relatively new even though it has been around for awhile has captivated homeowners with its wide selection of fixture styles and easy installation and upkeep. Solar outdoor lighting is an excellent way to light up pathways, steps, and pool areas. Solar lights use photocells that charge a NiCad battery during daylight hours and will then power on the light at night. Most solar lighting kits do not have any wiring unless you purchase those that are going to be used to highlight something that is situated in the shade. This type of solar light is equipped with a solar panel attached with a thin wire that goes directly to the light source; the solar panel is then placed nearby where it can reach the rays of the sun.

Deck lighting is specialized outdoor lighting for porches, decks and balconies. The lights are mounted on deck railings, steps, and around the perimeter for safety. In-deck lights are those that can be installed flush with the deck floor and can be walked on without causing any damage. Outdoor string lighting is perfect for illuminating sitting and entertaining spaces. Outdoor lighting can bring a lot of joy to any garden and safety to any home anytime of the year when placed in the proper areas.