4 Outdoor Lighting Ideas You’ll Enjoy This Summer

Memorial Day has come and gone. The swimming pools are open and the kids are out of school. It’s official – summer is here! Long, warm evenings beg for cookouts and more time spent outdoors, and one of the best ways to enjoy these activities is to illuminate your landscape with a bit of outdoor lighting. There are so many wonderful options when it comes to lighting, it all just depends on what you’re looking for and what your style is! Here are a few of our favorite lighting options:

Uplighting

Uplighting is typically located on (or near) the ground and directs light upwards, highlighting specific landscape features. Uplighting comes in handy if you want to:

  • Create dramatic shadows in your evening landscape
  • Add depth to walls, corners, and fences
  • Create focal points on architectural details, stones, trees, etc.


Path Lighting
This form of outdoor lighting is most commonly used for safety purposes. They help to outline and define step, walkway, and patio parameters, so they aren’t cloaked in darkness. Path lights are great if you want to:

  • Enhance home security
  • Improve curb appeal
  • Mark path boundaries (your plants will be eternally grateful)


Accent Lighting
Outdoor accent lighting is a fun way to incorporate character and style into your landscape. String lights can be draped above a pool or inside of a shade structure to add a soft, playful vibe. Decorative casings around lights can bring a modern, artistic feel to an existing landscape. Consider accent lighting if you want to:
• Add visual interest
• Create ambiance
• Subtly draw attention to an area


Wall Lighting
Wall lighting is versatile and continues the balance of form and function. The soft glow of wall sconces and lanterns make them ideal additions to entryways and patios, while bright flood lights with motion sensors are great for security purposes. Lighting can also be added to retaining walls to create additional visual appeal in your nightscape. Here are a few ways to incorporate wall lighting into your landscape:

  • Give your entryway a welcoming feel
  • Improve security around the perimeter of your home
  • Enhance the architecture of your home by incorporating it into your nightscape


Brighten Up Your Summer Evenings
Outdoor lighting strikes a perfect balance between aesthetics and functionality. Ready to brighten things up around your place? Contact us today to get started!