8 Lighting Design Ideas for the Garden

When the sun goes down, turn your garden into a magical wonderland with these outdoor lighting ideas.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Lighting Effects

Uplighting is a popular landscape lighting design techniques used to highlight or accent distinct plants or accessories in a yard. Spotlight or floodlight fixtures mounted on the ground are the best way to achieve this technique.

Lighting for the View

Lighting on a balcony is subtle so that distant city lights can be enjoyed at night.

Tree Lights

Down lighting, also called moon lighting, creates a soft, subtle glow. This type of lighting is also used to highlight specific areas of a yard and can be used to create beautiful patterns from tree branches below.

Palm Lights

Neon lights added to palm trees adds atmosphere for a tropical effect in a backyard design.

Lighting the Way

Walkways, steps, and other obstacles should be well lit for safety, as part of a landscaping design. Subtle lighting on this curved stairwell is also a visual plus for the overall design effect.

Lighting Up

Up lighting is used to highlight or accent distinct plants or accessories in a yard. Spotlight or floodlight fixtures mounted on the ground are the best way to achieve this technique. Here up lights feature contemporary containers at night.

Fun With Lighting

Creative up-lighting on the garden walls gives this outdoor space the feeling of a nightclub. All that is missing is the dance floor and music.

Dramatic Entertaining Space

Dramatic light panels cast a warm glow on your guests as they take a refreshing swim in the pool.

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