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With a stylish outdoor luminaire, you can not only put your house or garden in a great light, but also easily find your way around in the dark. There are numerous models to choose from and you can let your imagination run wild.

Whether for your front door, your patio, your garden or your pool - with our large outdoor light guide, we have set out to find the best outdoor lights for you. We show you what you should look for when buying your new outdoor light and present the best models so that you can make the right choice for you.




Summary

  • Outdoor luminaires are a great companion for your entrance door, your terrace, your garden or your pool.
  • Thanks to the large variety of different models, you can find the perfect outdoor light for you.
  • Thanks to numerous additional functions, such as a motion detector or a solar panel, you can save electricity and do something good for the environment at the same time.

The Best Outdoor Light: Our Selection

Outdoor luminaire: buying and evaluation criteria

When buying your new outdoor luminaire, there are a few things you should consider. The right model is crucial to give you lasting pleasure with your new outdoor luminaire.

With the help of our buying guide, you will get an overview of the most important criteria you should pay attention to when buying your new outdoor luminaire:

Below we have summarised the most important buying criteria for you in a short overview.

Light colour

First of all, you should think about the right light colour. You can choose between a warm light source or a cool white light source, whereby the colour temperature is measured in Kelvin.

Warm light sources create a pleasant sense of well-being.

A warm light source has a low colour temperature of 1000 to 4000 Kelvin. Here, the light source emits a red-orange light, which many people find very pleasant and relaxing.

In contrast, there are cold white light sources, which have a high colour temperature of 4000 to 6000 Kelvin. In this case, the light source provides a bluish-white light that is particularly suitable for illuminating large areas.

Protection class (IP code)

Your outdoor lamp is exposed to numerous environmental influences, which is why there are different protection classes for the various models. The protection classes are divided into so-called "IP codes" and indicate how much an electronic device is protected against water and dust.

The right protection class is crucial for a long service life.

Whether for the garden, your patio or the pool - find out about the necessary protection class for your new outdoor luminaire before buying to find the ideal model for the right location.

Power supply

In terms of power supply, you can choose between outdoor luminaires that are powered either by electricity or by a rechargeable battery. It is worth mentioning that LEDs have a lower energy consumption than conventional light bulbs, which you should take into account when making your purchase decision.

Automatic charging through integrated solar panels.

If you decide on an outdoor light that is powered by a rechargeable battery, you can choose between models with batteries or with a solar panel.

Thanks to the built-in solar panel, the battery is automatically charged by the sun, so you don't have to worry about the power supply.

Material and design

From sunlight to rain and wind to cold and snow - outdoor lights are exposed to numerous environmental influences every day. Thanks to robust materials such as stainless steel, glass or high-quality plastic, these environmental influences do not pose a problem.

The right design makes your new outdoor luminaire a real eye-catcher.

The appearance of your new outdoor luminaire also plays an important role, as you can set great lighting accents in your garden, your pool or on your terrace with your new lighting. From candelabra and path luminaires to floor luminaires or wall luminaires - various manufacturers offer outdoor luminaires in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and designs.

Additional functions

Your outdoor luminaire can be equipped with numerous useful features.

Automatically switch on and off in the dark thanks to an integrated sensor.

Outdoor luminaires with integrated motion sensors are extremely practical because these light sources switch on automatically as soon as a person is nearby. The advantage is that you don't have to search in the dark for the switch to turn on the light source.

If you are looking for a lamp to illuminate your garden, there is the option of outdoor lights with an integrated day/night sensor. These switch on automatically at night at dusk and switch off again in the morning at sunrise.

Outdoor lights: Frequently asked questions and answers

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What are outdoor lights suitable for?

From your front door to your balcony or patio to your garden or pool - outdoor lights can be used for a variety of projects. By using outdoor luminaires, you can not only bring light into dark surroundings, but also create a great atmosphere of well-being.

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Warm lighting can create a special atmosphere in your garden. Light bulbs convey a pleasant sense of well-being through their pleasant colour temperature.
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With an outdoor luminaire, you can also set great lighting accents, making your garden, house or pool a unique eye-catcher in your neighbourhood.

What types of outdoor luminaires are there?

When buying your new outdoor luminaire, you can choose between numerous models and find the right outdoor luminaire for the right purpose.

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Wall luminaires can make your entrance area a great eye-catcher at night with their stylish design. Moreover, this additional light source makes it easier for you to find your house keys in your pocket.
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Below, we have compiled the most important types of outdoor lights for you:

Model Features
Wall light Wall lights are suitable for entrance doors, house walls or for lighting your patio.
Floor lamp Floor lamps can create a pleasant ambience as eye-catchers on terraces or balconies.
Floor lamp Floor lamps are particularly suitable for illuminating paths in the garden.
Pool luminaire Pool luminaires provide a special swimming experience at night thanks to their strong luminosity.

It's best to think in advance about where you want to place your new outdoor luminaire to get the best results from your new light source.

How bright are outdoor luminaires?

Whether incandescent lamps or LEDs - with various light sources you can enrich different places with a functional as well as atmospheric light.

Did you know that LEDs are among the most sustainable light sources?

With a long life of 50,000 hours of luminosity, LEDs are an environmentally friendly light source and can be easily recycled due to the absence of harmful substances.

Furthermore, high-quality LEDs consume 80 to 90 percent less electricity than incandescent lamps, energy-saving lamps or halogen lamps and thus ensure lower CO2 emissions.

The brightness of your outdoor luminaire is measured in lumens. For good outdoor wall lighting, a lamp with a brightness of 400 to 600 lumens is perfectly adequate. For larger house facades or your garden, we recommend that you use luminaires with a brightness of several thousand lumens to ensure that the area is sufficiently illuminated.

What protection classes (IP codes) are there for outdoor luminaires?

Your new outdoor luminaire is exposed to numerous environmental influences, which is why you should pay particular attention to the right protection class.

The IP protection class consists of two digits, such as IP65. The first digit refers to protection against foreign bodies and contact. The second digit refers to protection against moisture.

We have summarised the most important protection classes for you in the following table:

Protection class Properties
IP 23 For outdoor luminaires installed under a roof, an IP protection class of 23 is sufficient. In this case, your outdoor luminaire is protected against foreign bodies up to 12.5 mm in diameter and dripping water.
IP 44 For your covered house wall, you should choose IP protection class 44. In this case, your outdoor luminaire is protected against foreign bodies up to 1 mm in diameter and is resistant to splashing water.
IP 65 For ground luminaires in the garden, we recommend outdoor luminaires with an IP protection class of 65. These outdoor luminaires are dust-tight and protected against water jets and can be sprayed with a garden hose without hesitation.
IP 67 Free-standing outdoor luminaires should have an IP 67 protection rating. These are not only protected against water jets and foreign bodies, but can also be completely covered with water at times.
IP 68 Outdoor luminaires with protection class IP 68 can be installed permanently under water. Therefore, these outdoor lamps are particularly suitable for your pool or swimming pond.

If you pay special attention to the protection classes, you can easily find the right outdoor luminaire for your new project.

What additional functions are available for outdoor luminaires?

When buying your new outdoor luminaire, there are many great additional features. We have summarised the most important features in our table:

Additional function Features
Motion detector Thanks to the integrated motion detector, your new light source comes on automatically when you move within the sensor's radius. This means you don't have to search in the dark for the switch to switch on the light source.
Twilight switch A twilight switch automatically turns your outdoor light on or off depending on the time of day. This saves electricity and means you don't always have to remember to switch the light off or on.
Dimmer With an integrated dimmer, you can individually adjust the light intensity of your outdoor light. This allows you to set your own personal accents and change the brightness according to how you feel.
Integrated socket Thanks to an integrated socket, numerous garden tools can be connected. This makes it possible to supply power even outside your home.

Thanks to the wide range of additional functions, you can use your new outdoor luminaire in many different ways.

How much does an outdoor light cost?

The price of your outdoor light can vary greatly depending on the model and additional functions.

In the following table, we have summarised the possible price ranges for the different models:

Model Price
Wall light with motion detector from € 35
Outdoor floor lamp from € 50
Path light from € 50
Solar floor light from € 25
Underwater light from € 20

So think in advance about what you want to use your new outdoor luminaire for.

What alternatives are there to outdoor luminaires?

If you don't want to use an outdoor light for your new project, you can also use candles as a light source for your entrance area, terrace or garden.

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You can use candles as a great alternative for lighting your terrace or garden. The warm candlelight creates an atmospheric and pleasant ambience and an environment that makes you feel good.
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Candles can create a very special flair and bring you a great feeling of well-being. However, don't forget to protect your candles from rain and wind so that you can enjoy your alternative light source even in bad weather conditions.

Finally, you can also use torches to illuminate certain areas. Like candles, these create a warm light source that creates a particularly pleasant atmosphere.

Conclusion

Thanks to the numerous models, outdoor luminaires are versatile and can provide great lighting accents on your terrace or in your garden.

Furthermore, they help you to find your way in the dark and create a pleasant atmosphere of well-being.

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