Courtyard and driveway lighting
Tips for functional & efficient lighting
Just as the hallway is the entrance to the living area, so are the driveway and courtyard for your entire property. When lit by appealingly bright, warm light, you create the perfect conditions for welcoming guests to your home. Plus the right courtyard and driveway lighting increases safety and adds extra security to deter trespassers.
Good to know:
It’s important to choose the right in-ground lights as they’re designed to be driven over. So, when choosing yours, make sure you check the maximum load capacity information in the product details.
Spotlights and wall lights must be aligned so they don’t dazzle the driver. There are no specific regulations for spotlights for private use, but it’s important, whether installed at home or on commercial premises for light not to impair the driver's vision. It should be attached to the side or above head height. The higher the lights are installed, the less there is a risk of glare. However, care must also be taken to ensure enough light reaches the ground.
For lights with motion detectors, you’ll always find information on the mounting height in the instructions.
Regardless of whether it’s a path light, ground spotlight, or a combination of the two, your courtyard and driveway lighting should illuminate everything brightly without gaps. This makes the drive easy to navigate and reduces the chance of hitting or mounting a curb.
For all types of lights, models with a twilight sensor and motion detector are extremely popular for outdoor lighting. As soon as your car rolls up at dusk, the lights go on and illuminate the way to the garage. And after a pre-programmed time, they switch off again automatically, saving you energy and reducing your bills.
Tips for perfect installation
Thorough planning and professional installation is an absolute must when it comes to your entrance lighting. How many lights, in which order and at what installation height they need to be must be worked out in advance. By doing so, you'll save time and money and reduce the possibility of having them reinstalled in the correct position later on.
Good to know:
If you decide on path lights, the following applies concerning the placement: the higher the light points, the fewer lights you’ll need as you’ll light a greater area. Path lights are usually between 60 and 150 cm high.
If wall lights are attached to the garage, we recommend models that have the light emission downwards or upwards - or a glare-free diffuser, as lights like these generally reduce glare. The installation height depends on the size of the garage. Placement recommendations can be found in the installation instructions. And also note that lights with motion detectors are usually between 180 and 250 cm high.
When supplying path lights, pillar or recessed ground lights with mains power, you should work with an electrician as they’ll know what to look for when sinking the underground cables and making the connections.
The optimal solution for the driveway
Motion detectors ensure your driveway lighting only switches on when it’s actually needed. This reduces electricity costs and protects the bulbs from overuse. Many outdoor lights either have a built-in motion detector or are available with motion detectors.
Good to know:
If needed, path lights are available that can switch from operation in motion detector mode to continuous operation - perfect for a BBQ on the front lawn.
A detection angle of 120 degrees is sufficient for a driveway. Although there are models that cover more, it’s best to make sure your driveway lighting isn’t activated by movement from a neighbouring property.
In contrast to energy-saving bulbs, LEDs achieve 100% brightness immediately when activated and can reduce your electricity costs.
Facts about solar lighting:
Solar lights are perfect for hard-to-reach places or places without a power connection. There are also models available where the panel can be placed separately.
Nowadays, there are already high-quality path and pillar lights, wall lights, spots and recessed ground lights with solar power. A motion detector is recommended because the light only switches on when a car or person is on the driveway. This saves battery and bulbs, conserves energy and puts less strain on your wallet.
Please note: The solar panel should be placed where it gets enough sun and isn’t covered by hedges, bushes or an overhanging roof.
You should always align solar panels, so they get enough sun during the day. Solar lights can then provide light for an average of 8-10 hours without any problems.
Facts about the LED lights:
Compared to incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs save 90% on energy consumption - helping you save money and the environment.
LED technology is almost maintenance-free. And a bulb has an average service life of up to 50,000 hours.
Thanks to LED technology, compact and complex designs are now possible.