Some options for outdoor barn lighting include gooseneck lights, ceiling hung lights, sconces and ceiling mount lights. Overhead gooseneck lights are the most popular option. They are commonly installed near barn doors and windows as they provide a downward light output that illuminates the facade. Ceiling hung or pendant lights for outdoor use must be stem-mounted and not hang from a cord. Sconces and ceiling mount lights are ideal for lighting up doorways and tight spaces without being obtrusive.
Outdoor barn lighting fixtures are usually made of corrosion-resistant materials, such as aluminum, die cast zinc and cold rolled steel, as they are constantly exposed to harsh external conditions. Other than providing ample illumination, barn lights also serve a decorative function wherein rustic and vintage designs are some of the most sought-after. Barn lighting options are available in a wide variety of finishes, shade styles and mounting options.
When planning for and choosing outdoor barn lights, consider the size of the area that needs to be illuminated, the overall theme of the barn or farmhouse and efficiency of the lighting fixtures. Most lighting fixtures indicate the type and highest wattage bulb they can safely accommodate. Note that some lights can be used with energy-saving bulbs, namely compact fluorescents and LEDs. Accessories for outdoor barn lights that may be necessary during installation include a canopy kit, adapter plate and stem connector.