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Listed below are tips and pitfalls to consider when deciding on outside lighting for your garden. 

1. Don't consider using indoor light fittings in outdoor situations, even if they are under open porches or entrances.

2. If you live within 2-3 miles of the coast, you should consider purchasing outdoor lights that are resistant to the salt in the atmosphere.  Few manufacturers will guarantee light fittings close to the coast.  The alternative would be to purchase inexpensive fittings and be prepared to change them regularly on the early signs of corrosion.

3. If you wish to have your outdoor lights operated by PIRs (heat sensor switches), consider whether to have fittings with the PIR incorporated or whether to have the PIR in a separate position to the fitting.   PIRs tend to be the temperamental part of a light fitting and, if they fail, the complete unit has to be changed.  Few fittings can just replace the PIR part.  If you wish to install expensive, long lasting, quality outdoor lighting, we would consider it essential that the fittings and PIR are separate so that the PIR can be replaced without replacing the main light fitting.

4. Having the PIR separate from the fitting can be useful if you want the PIR to detect body/car heat coming up the drive (for example) but will light the fittings by the front door/back-door.

5. PIRs are essentially 'fancy switches' as they operate the fitting by themselves, although it is possible to get PIRs with a manual override so you can have outdoor lighting permanently on if you wire the light, PIR and internal switch correctly.  Check you have the correct type of PIR.

6. As with indoor light fittings, upwards pointing wall fittings tend to give a more elegant, sophisticated air whilst downward hanging lights give a more welcoming ambiance  (although the space available may not allow you to follow this too closely).

7.  The list is not not exhaustive and it is worth thinking through your lighting requirements and how you use your rooms before deciding on a particular style of fitting.