How to choose exterior lights?
February 3, 2007 8:41 AM Subscribe
I need to choose new exterior lights for my home. Will the bright (get it?) minds of Mefi help me?
posted by qldaddy to home & garden (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am having the exterior of my home redone (new siding, windows, gutters, etc.) and need to replace the 30-year-old sodium floodlights (there are no streetlights in my township, so exterior lighting is both a safety and security issue). Questions:
How much light (wattage? candles? lumens?) do I need? I have 4 60-watt sodium fixtures now (2 in front and 2 in back) and I like the amount of light I get but not the color.
What kind of light should I get? I'm thinking the choice is between halogen and flourescent, right? I am tempted by FloureX lights, but it looks like I could only buy bulbs from them, which worries me.
Things that might help in answering:
I have a good-sized split level house on about 7/8s of an acre.
I'm pretty well isolated from my neighbors' houses so I don't think the lights will impact them.
The lights will go under the eaves on the two-story part of the house and I'm afraid of heights, so duration is a prime consideration.
Thanks. (also, first time poster, so please be gentle. I did look through the other lighting filter questions and didn't think they got to what I'm asking)