Outdoor Ceiling Lights: Practical, Functional and Chic
The area around your home shouldn’t be completely shrouded in darkness, but instead lit up in a functional and atmospheric way. After all, you wouldn’t want to leave your guests in the dark or make it too easy for potential burglars. Outdoor ceiling lights are a great option here, ideally porch ceiling lights with motion sensor, which ensure that there is always light when you turn the corner.
Where does it make most sense to use outdoor ceiling lights?
Ceiling lights can be used in any outdoor area. Places that might well be appropriate include:
Tip: We recommend a motion sensor, so you don't have to spend ages searching for a light switch. Another practical, additional benefit of this is that burglars aren’t so keen on unexpected, bright lights.
What distinguishes outdoor ceiling lights from indoor lights?
Please keep in mind that ceiling lights intended for outdoor areas need to meet additional requirements. They ought to have features specific for use in outdoor areas including protection from the effects of rain and dirt.
Tip: The following table provides an overview of the IP codes and their specific features:
| 0 || No protection |
| 1 || Effective against solid foreign objects ≥ 50 mm |
| 2 || Effective against solid foreign objects ≥ 12,5 mm |
| 3 || Effective against solid foreign objects ≥ 2,5 mm |
| 4 || Effective against solid foreign objects ≥ 1 mm |
| 5 || Dust protected |
| 6 || Dust tight |
| 0 || No protection |
| 1 || Protection against dripping water (vertically falling drops) |
| 2 || Protection against dripping water when tilted at 15° |
| 3 || Protection against spraying water |
| 4 || Protection against splashing of water |
| 5 || Protection against water jets |
| 6 || Protection against powerful water jets |
| 7 || Protection against temporary immersion |
| 8 || Protection against continuous immersion |
Are there outdoor ceiling lights with sensors?
When you walk around the corner, do you want it to get brighter? This is reasonable and makes complete sense in an outdoor area. For porch ceiling lights with motion sensors, simply select the appropriate filter, then place a check mark. All of the outdoor models with motion detectors will be displayed in the list of results.
Tip: Another possibility might be to upgrade to a motion sensor. Click here to see what is available in the motion sensor sub-category. Our specialist advisers are happy to answer any questions regarding installation. Just call them using the contact information below.
Also ensure that your motion detector doesn't allow the light to turn on during the day. If linked to a twilight sensor by default, the light only turns on when the area needs to be illuminated.
What types of motion sensors are there?
Are you interested in motion detectors? Then you might also like to know a bit about this technology. Often, passive infrared motion sensors (PIR) and high frequency motion sensors (HF) are used. PIR sensors are commonly used in outdoor areas, yet these are somewhat slower. HF sensors capture almost every movement and are most suited to indoor instead of outdoor areas. However, there are already a few intelligent HF motion detectors that work well in outdoor areas.
Tips for adjusting your motion sensor: You have two options. Firstly, there’re motion detectors are completely configured and require no adjustment. Secondly, there are motion sensors - and even external motion sensors - where individual settings can be adjusted. Possible settings are:
The time: how long does the light stay on for?
The sensitivity of the twilight sensor: at which level of brightness should the light turn on automatically?
The scope of the detection range
Should you go with LED outdoor ceiling lights?
The benefits of LED lights are convincing and there is no need to differentiate between outdoor and indoor areas. There are even factors that come into play in outdoor areas that make LED almost indispensable. For example, LEDs can instantly reach up to 100 percent brightness when they are turned on. For a motion detector, this is a great feature to have.
Additional advantages of modern LED technology at a glance:
Compact designs are possible
Luminosity is particularly intense
Long lifespan - up to 50,000 hours
Very energy efficient, easy on the environment and your wallet
What colours are available for outdoor ceiling lights?
Which specific colours do you have in mind for porch ceiling lights? Take a look at what is already available in our shop in your preferred colours. Simply choose the filter ‘colour’ and see for yourself. Anthracite lights are very popular.
What materials are used for porch ceiling lights?
Stainless steel is a great material for outdoor lights - especially when it comes to durability and an appealing look. In order to see all the other materials that are available, use the filter in the shop. Just choose what you are looking for and tick the desired material.
Still have questions about the installation, or where to use ceiling lights outdoors? Our specialists are happy to help. Just call +353 1 699 2138 or get in touch via our contact form.