Outdoor light bulbs provide extra security and crucial visibility for those coming and going after dark while enhancing the look of the home’s exterior in the process. A surprisingly broad range of outdoor light bulb types are available, from high-efficiency LEDs to high-performance halogen floodlights that produce hues ranging from warm yellows to bright whites. There are even smart bulbs that can automatically turn on at dusk and turn off at daybreak or be controlled and programmed using a smartphone.
This guide will shed some light on what to consider when shopping for these outdoor essentials and review some of the best options on the market in a variety of categories. Each of the top picks below was selected after an in-depth review of the market and thorough product vetting.