Open Accessibility Menu

Copper, Brass, Aluminum, or Plastic: What is the Best Type of Outdoor Lighting Fixture?

Copper or brass is the ONLY choice for quality, long-lasting, outdoor lighting systems in Greenville.

We know it is difficult to resist the cheaper plastic and powder-coated aluminum outdoor lighting fixtures you find at the big box stores. I mean really, some of them are quite cute, and the powder-coated aluminum looks nice, at first. You might even have your landscaping company trying to sell you on powder-coated aluminum lights. But, we have to warn you. Brass or copper exterior lights are the only way to go.


Just don’t do it. They break, crack, split, and won’t hold up against any of the outdoor elements. The clear plastic around the light source will change color quickly, disrupting the light it does emit. You’ll be replacing these lights every single year. They often come in solar power, which don’t emit much light and if they are LED or low-voltage, the quality of the components are also cheaply made.


Many landscape designers and lawn professionals offer powder-coated aluminum lighting. It looks great at first. It lasts longer than plastic. And has better quality electrical components. It will also cost you a little more than plastic. What they won’t tell you though, is that powder-coating will chip and flake. The resulting effect is a light fixture with an inconsistent exterior finish and unsightly aluminum corrosion.


Our brass and copper LED outdoor lighting fixtures won’t rust, corrode, fade, chip, break, peel, or crack. They offer a lovely weathered patina over time and they will withstand the bumps and bangs that go along with being a part of your landscape.

The LED light source will remain true to its original color and temperature for years before needing replacement. And copper is one of the most popular luxury materials for outdoor use. Copper roofs, post caps, and other landscape accessories are taking the industry by storm!

There is a higher upfront cost for copper exterior lights, however, this is more than made up for in the lifetime warranty and the long-lasting beauty of these fixtures. When you would have been replacing plastic every year, or aluminum every few years, these lights will last for decades! When you would have had lights burning out every year or so, these lights won’t even need bulbs changed for 50,000 hours (almost 6 years if you ran them 24/7). Making them a smart lifetime investment with an overall lower cost of ownership.

If you’re ready to upgrade your existing outdoor lighting or install your first outdoor lighting system, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Greenville today! We offer free nighttime demonstrations and we treat every client like family. We look forward to hearing from you! (864) 523-0550