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Driveway Lighting Ideas

Driveway entrance lighting is one of the first things that greets you and your guests, so it’s important to have the right means of illumination. Path lights and ground lights are excellent for establishing a perimeter and increasing visibility at night for parking and walking. Outdoor wall lights and ceiling lights are other ways to brighten the driveway, while saving on space. If you are looking for some inspiration to spruce up your outdoor lighting, take a look at these driveway lighting ideas for the contemporary home.

Contemporary Edge

Revel LED Path Light by Tech Lighting
Revel LED Path Light by Tech Lighting

Driveway lighting can be bold and edgy—you just have to look for the right design. Try bollard lights that are low to the ground with geometric patterns, such as horizontal slots on both sides. The contemporary design of your driveway lights will introduction your zest for the modern.

Love LED

 Revel LED Path Light by Tech Lighting
Revel LED Path Light by Tech Lighting

When it comes to driveway lighting, LED is the way to go. Outdoor LED lighting offers long-lasting, powerful illumination in an energy efficient way. Look for LED driveway or path lights that beam illumination in multiple directions to brighten both the driveway and your landscaping.

The Lantern Look

Turbo LED Path Light by Tech Lighting
Turbo LED Path Light by Tech Lighting

Make driveway lighting part of your landscaping so it brightens and blends in. Driveway lights with a lantern design gives your front yard an “enchanted garden” feel. Consider path lights with translucent or glass shades to emit a soft, candle-like glow.

Work in Tandem

Strut LED Bollard by Tech Lighting
Strut LED Bollard by Tech Lighting

Various types of outdoor lighting can work in tandem to enhance the lighting experience by your driveway. Pair tall, lean bollard lights along the edge of your driveway and walkway with complementary wall lights on the side of the garage and outdoor wall. This will create a more visible, safe environment at night from every angle.

Don’t Forget the Garage

LED Directional Wall Light - 22261 by BEGA
LED Directional Wall Light – 22261 by BEGA

Getting in and out of the car at night requires proper lighting. Line the wall of a garage or driveway enclosure with small, directional wall lights. They will beam enough light downwards without obstructing movement or taking away from storage space.

Space Saver

Pantarei Outdoor LED Wall/Ceiling Light by Ernesto Gismondi, from Artemide
Pantarei Outdoor LED Wall/Ceiling Light by Artemide

If you want to brighten your driveway entrance but don’t have room for path or ground lights, consider your lighting options on the wall. A large, circular wall light by an entryway can beam plenty of light to show the way and greet visitors. LED would be a great option here for long-lasting illumination.

Old-world Charm

Outdoor Villa Torch Wall Sconce by Hammerton Studio
Outdoor Villa Torch Wall Sconce by Hammerton Studio

You can add a little character to your driveway with the right lighting choice. If you are looking for a traditional or vintage look, consider torch wall scones. Reminiscent of firelit torches on medieval castles, this translucent torch atop a black handle can create an old-world feel when aligned in between garage doors.

Invoke Industrial

Northland Outdoor Wall Light by Kichler
Northland Outdoor Wall Light by Kichler

For those looking to add for an industrial or rustic atmosphere to their outdoors, consider a singular, large outdoor wall light with a sweeping arm fixed above the driveway. Not only will create a spotlight effect, but the metallic finishes are perfect to add that industrial vibe, while remaining durable enough to withstand the elements.

Modern Lantern Style

Whitley Heights Outdoor Light Post by Troy Lighting
Whitley Heights Outdoor Light Post by Troy Lighting

Bring the lantern post for your home into the 21stcentury by choosing a fixture with a contemporary design. Simple tricks, like a geometric cap, clean lines, or minimalistic structure, can add that dash of contemporary edge you are looking for.

Get on the Ground

  LED Asymmetric In-Ground Luminaire - 77008 by BEGA
LED Asymmetric In-Ground Luminaire – 77008 by BEGA

Grounds lights offer a more intimate, inviting way to elevate your driveway lighting. Place in-ground lights underneath trees or landscaping next to the driveway. This will provide both ambient to increase visibility, and accent lighting to accentuate those landscape features.

Guiding Lights

LED 3 Inch 120V In-Ground Well Light by WAC Lighting
LED 3 Inch 120V In-Ground Well Light by WAC Lighting

Ground lights aren’t just for landscaping, but can be installed directly into the driveway surface too. Position ground lights on either edge of the driveway to guide parking and walking at night. Driveway ground lights are a great alternative if you lack the room for path or bollard lights.

Create a Perimeter

Image via HomeDSGN | Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones

Driveway lighting is very useful to establish a boundary to guide parking cars and wandering visitors. If you live in a town or urban environment, place ground lights or very low path lights along the edge of your driveway and up your walkway, so guests can be welcomed all the way to the front door.

Lighting, Lighting Everywhere

Image via Instagram @j_s_electrical

Don’t be afraid to capitalize on your architectural fixtures to make the most of your driveway lighting. Ceiling lights in the garage or driveway enclosure will greet parking cars, while up lights along the retraining wall will add more ambient light and showcase landscaping.

Outdoor lighting can make all the difference to increase visibility and safety a night, so choose driveway lights that will work best with your landscaping and architectural features. Make sure you select outdoor lights that are durable enough to withstand all weather conditions. Most of all, pick driveway lighting that fits your style and the ambiance you want to create for your modern home.

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