Typically, exterior lights are the large waterproof variety. Especially in Florida the weather can be an issue. You don’t want the fixtures to short out in the case of rain or other inclement weather. There are canister types of fixtures and even ones that look like old fashion lanterns. Very often, you’ll want the lights wired together to make turning them on and off easy, and with the switch near the front of back door of your house. As the wiring, will have to run under your lawn, be sure to call the local utility companies to find out if you have any buried lines in your yard. You need to know not just about electrical lines, but also water, sewer, cable TV, internet, and so on! These days, there are a lot of lines that can be just under the surface. Also, if you have a sprinkler system for your lawn, there’ll be irrigation pipes as well. Yet another item to watch out for as you start to dig.
One excellent way to provide some much-needed light to a yard, yet not do a lot of work, is by using LED fixtures. In general, these fixtures can be flexible plastic, often like a garden hose and the wiring is encased within it. So, not only are the fixtures completely waterproof, but installing them is as easy as laying them out across the lawn, and then plug them in to an outside outlet. Also, as an LED gives off a small amount of light, this type of fixture is ideal for an apartment or condo or if you have neighbors who complain about lights shining in their windows.
For the environmentally conscious solar power is great choice. When it comes to outside lights, this means that you can make use of lighting fixtures that are solar powered. A small photoelectric cell on each fixture can charge a battery in it, and then the light comes on at night. Another feature to such fixtures is that they can have an automatic toggle switch so that they come on when it gets dark and go out when the sun comes up.
Of course, one aspect of being outside means dealing with insects. Florida is a prime location for mosquitoes and all manner of flying, crawling and biting bugs all year long. If you use standard white light bulbs, they tend to attract such critters. Much like the old saying: moths to the flame. One way to lessen this problem is by using amber colored bulbs and various other colors. There are various bulbs specifically designed to not attract insects. If they don’t do the trick, you can also get a bug light, also known as a bug zapper. They use a light to draw insects into an electrical grid that, well, zaps them.
No matter what types of lighting fixtures you use in your yard, there are plenty to choose from to create just the right lighting scheme.