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Exterior Lighting Ideas for Your Home 2023

Although we are still in the thick of winter, it’s a great time to start looking at exterior house lighting ideas.

After last month's blog about indoor lighting trends, we are following up with exterior lighting ideas to inspire you for spring and summer projects. Each of these ideas can provide your home with beautiful outdoor lighting throughout the year. This list includes two soffit LED lighting options and a popular landscape lighting method to have your property looking its best.

Gemstone Lighting

How nice would it be to already have lights with millions of colour options whenever you need them? Christmas, Halloween, Super Bowl, backyard parties, barbecues, safety lighting, you name it, Gemstone Lights make it possible. No more ladders, extension cords, annoying wires, or cold hands to light your home.

These LED lights are permanently installed in tracks attached to your home’s soffits and provide abundant colours, patterns and brightness to light your home at any time. All it takes is a phone app to control them! The app is powerful and provides endless optimization options, timers, styles, lighting zones and more.

Kraun recently joined the ranks of only a handful of electrical professionals who are authorized installers of Gemstone Lights. 

Gemstone lighting on a house

Exterior Recessed Pot Lights

Recessed pot lights have continually been a popular choice of outdoor lighting for the home. Like Gemstone Lights, they are installed in your house's soffits and come in various colours and brightness levels. With pot lights, you can better design the look of your home to fit your taste. The lights come in various widths ranging from a general ambient light to a more pointed spotlight that features elements of your home. Depending on the design of your home, you can choose between warmer and cooler colour temperatures to get your look just right.

Soffit pot lights on a house

Most recessed pot lights also have smart technology and apps associated with them. This makes it possible to control them when you are away, set scenes, set timers, or turn them on or off from the couch. Ultimately, they are a versatile choice at a more affordable cost than Gemstone Lights. Pricing varies depending on the size of the job and home. Please contact us for a free quote!

Uplighting for House Exterior and Landscaping

Outdoor lighting isn't exclusive to your soffits. You must remember the many landscaping features to highlight around your home, including decorations, trees, rocks, ponds, bushes, and virtually anything.

LED uplighting provides a nice contrast to the downlighting mentioned above. You can get the most out of lighting your property with a mixture of floodlights, spotlights, and small fixtures for tiny features.

Something to note with uplighting is that although these lights are weather-rated, they do not generate the heat of older halogen lights. This matters because in winter, although the lights are on, any snow or ice covering them will remain. For complete visibility, removing snow and ice from the lights is necessary.

Landscape uplighting around an old home

Some hightlighted features of a past customer's home

As a licensed electrical contractor, Kraun installs and services all kinds of lighting, inside and out. Any type of lighting we install is ESA safety approved and comes with a 12-month warranty on parts and labour. If outdoor lighting interests you in the upcoming spring and summer, we are currently booking appointments for quotes. An e-mail to, a phone call using the number below, or filling out the form below is all it takes to receive a free quote. We look forward to hearing from you.

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