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Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Need Some New Outdoor Lighting Ideas?

It is always a good idea to start a outdoor lighting project with proper planning. For your next project, you might need some unique outdoor lighting ideas. Although you don’t have to think of something brand new that has never been done before, you do want to use something that is fresh and unique for your yard. Hopefully, you will find some outdoor lighting ideas in this article that will spark some creativity.

Almost anything that you can think of has already been done in landscaping. You may want to look at what other people have done with their outdoor lighting and then use that to stimulate your own ideas and creativity. Even so, that doesn’t mean you can’t do something that is unique to your yard. The layout of your yard may provide you with an opportunity to do something that is a bit different from anything else. But, the basic principles of landscaping apply to everyone.

Use What You Already Have

In addition to using proven ideas, don’t be afraid to use what you already have in your landscape. Although you will no doubt need to purchase some lighting fixtures and other equipment, you can illuminate the existing features in your yard such as shrubs, trees, and other objects before you need to plant anything new.


For your first lighting project, a good place to start is with silhouette lighting or backlighting. If you have an interesting object in your yard, such as a large tree or fountain, consider lighting it from behind for a dramatic silhouette effect. To do this you will need to place a low power light directly behind the figure to highlight it and create the silhouette.


Another great lighting idea is downlighting. The way to create downlighting is to place a light on a high point such as a tree, post, or wall, and point it down on an object. This will create an interesting type of “moonlight” effect. You can also use different colored lights or filters with the downlighting fixtures to provoke different moods and lighting textures.

Group Lighting

Finally, rather than lighting as a single unit, think about lighting your garden areas in groups. Lay out your garden in a grid and light individual parts at a time. By treating garden area as its own individual section, you can highlight notable features and give the area exactly what it needs to look great.

landscape lighting


A beautiful home requires lighting on the outside as well as on the inside.  To properly light your grounds, you need to have some landscape lighting, which comes in many forms and styles.

Solar powered landscape lighting can be a very economical way to light the outside of your home.  This type of lighting consists of sensors that are charged by sunlight during the day and will then turn on at night without the use of electricity.  The lights will automatically detect the proper time to come on in the evening and will shut off when daylight approaches.  And solar landscape lights can be very attractive along with being an inexpensive way to light your grounds.  You will also be doing your part to help the planet.  And, they won’t affect your electrical bill!

You can also opt for low voltage landscape lighting, which is easy to install because it does not require a licensed professional to install regular electrical wiring.  Most of these types of lights come in landscape lighting kits with everything you need to get your lights installed and working properly.  Of course, you can also choose to have regular electrical-powered landscape lighting installed throughout various areas of your landscaping and around the exterior of your home, if you prefer.

Your outdoor lighting can consist of lights for your walkway, post lamps at the end of the walkway, and lights that circle the perimeter of your home.  You may want to have spotlights or flood lights in certain areas, such as over the garage and at the corners of the house.  And a pendant light can hang on your porch to illuminate the area by your front door.  Lights situated throughout your landscaping, either in flower beds or pointing up at interesting trees or bushes, are another way to add interest to your landscaping and can make a big impact on the outside look of your home. Read More