Home Lighting Ideas
Safety and Security

Keep these tips in mind as you consider how best to protect your home – and your guests – from accidents and crime.

  • Install lights on either side of all doorways and above so that the steps, door, house number and lock can be easily seen.
  • Brighten up driveway and walkway with SYLVANIA halogen and halogen crystal bulbs, floodlights or spotlights. Perfect for outdoor fixtures, they emit a bright sparkling light that lasts three times longer than ordinary incandescent bulbs. Try the PAR 20, PAR 30, and PAR 28 Flood/Spots Lamps.
  • Illuminate steps so guests can navigate their way safely. Try lining pathways and steps with low-voltage halogen walkway lights, such as the MR16 Flood/Spot Lamp. They’re easier to install than line voltage lights because wires don’t have to be buried as deeply. In the winter you’ll want to pay special attention to places where rain and ice accumulates on sidewalks and walkways.
  • To better identify visitors, try SYLVANIA Compact Fluorescent or Double Life bulbs in overhead or house-mounted fixtures. Avoid direct glare on the person visiting and be sensitive to how glare affect neighbors across the street.
  • Use landscape and ever-mounted flood lamps, such as the PAR 30 and PAR 38 Flood/Spot Lamps to light out to the perimeter of the property, making sure not to light any of your neighbor’s property. Consider installing an easy-to-reach switch for instant light.
  • Light paths evenly by overlapping the patterns of light. Sharp contrasts between dark and light can confuse or disorient your guests.
  • To reduce glare, position from the side or end of your pool from which it is most often viewed. Use a dimmer to either soften or brighten for appearance or safety.
  • When installing a wall lantern, size the fixture to the door and surrounding space. Wall lanterns should be mounted slightly above eye level at about 60” to 66” from the center of the fixture to the floor.
  • Post top lanterns are an excellent way to light a walkway, while also complementing your wall lantern. Large post top lanterns are considerably impressionable when installed in a large open area.