exterior lighting for a front walkway
Photo: Courtesy of Walpole Woodworkers
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Driveway and Garage

"If you're playing basketball, working on the car or doing something else in the driveway, then you need more light," says Russ Leslie, professor of architecture and associate director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. You can accomplish this with wall-mounted incandescent floodlights with 20 to 100W bulbs or compact fluorescents, which provide less punch but are more economical to keep lit.

To save even more on energy costs, use a motion sensor—many fixtures come with one built in—that will turn the lights on only when someone enters the designated space. In order to keep unnecessary activation caused by roaming household pets and wildlife to a minimum, look for a model that features pulse-count technology.

Shown: Post and wall lanterns announce the entrance to the home, from the street and from the drive. At these locations, line-voltage fixtures with low-watt bulbs provide adequate light.
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