Opt for lights on either side of the front door as well as overhead ones on the landing or porch, and be sure to check regularly for burned-out bulbs.
Illuminate every other step (as shown) and have some garden lights on the sides so everyone knows where their next step will be. You'll minimize falls and spills as well as your own liability from someone's getting injured on your property.
More ideas for lighting your outdoor steps
Lights such as the ones shown here work best if you have a longer expanse of wall, but if you have one short wall, one well-chosen light fixture can work very well.
Choose a grouping of trees or special focal-point plants to illuminate, rather than every plant in your front yard.
Be sure, though, that the angle of your lights does not create a shadow effect, which could further confuse your visitors by obscuring the numbers. You want your address to be clearly lit, not overdramatized with special effects.
- Make sure your lights fit the style of your home.
- Use a variety of lighting for the best effect.
- Don't forget small light sources, like candles and lamps — these are particularly great for intimate porch spaces.
- Low-voltage landscape lights are a great option for front yards.
- Solar lights vary widely in their effectiveness and quality. Don't use them for security purposes, as the amount of light offered is not adequate.
- Avoid spacing lights too closely together — your lighting professional should be able to space them out to give you the light you need without going overboard.
- LED lighting, rope lights and Christmas lights can all create more special, subtle effects for your front yard.