At some point while the evenings were still light our previous outside light gave up. Well it did eventually - it was an auto-sensor light - and went through a prolonged phase of flickering for no reason, refusing to come on even though the bulb wasn't dead and then eventually it gave up. I suspect when it realised we weren't paying any attention (because the nights were light) and because it knew we had plans to replace it anyway.
Buying a new one was trickier than we thought it'd be and tbh trickier than it ever should be. The selection on offer at our local B&Q was dire and a tad twee and neither of us liked any of them. After the third time of looking at the same lights, and the choice available not improving there was only one thing for it, and that was to look somewhere else!
The criteria was: - Nothing too twee, cheap looking or olde-worlde lantern-y (so nothing from B&Q!) - Nothing too overly modern as we still have a house built sometime between 1840-1890