Outdoor Lighting Designs

Lighting is an important feature outside your house as well as inside. Explore options in exterior lighting that are designed to enhance the safety, security and style of your home’s outdoor spaces.

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Plan in Threes

Planning several layers of outdoor lighting creates visual interest in a landscape. Here, designer Ilija Karlusic achieved this effect by lighting the entryway, the tree in the middle of the yard and the mailbox in front of the property.

Even Light Distribution

Installing extremely bright lights in an outdoor space often creates unsafe dark areas. Instead, install low levels of lighting all around, as seen in this patio designed by Robert Hursthouse.

Entry Lighting

Two wall-mounted light fixtures flank the entryway of this contemporary home, playing up the double door and providing a safe entrance at night. Design by Amy Bubier

Inexpensive Party Lights

Decorative string lighting fastened inside an umbrella provides inexpensive illumination for outdoor entertaining. Design by Robert Hursthouse

Accent Lighting

Exterior accent lighting can be used to draw attention to your home's unique features, such as architectural details, sculptures or plants. In this outdoor space designed by Jamie Durie, lighting adds another dimension to the sculpture at night, changing highlights and casting shadows.

Path Lighting

Landscape lighting is an important safety element for any outdoor space. In this garden, a series of path lights illuminates the meandering walkway that leads to the destination terrace. Design by Robert Hursthouse

Step Lighting

An alternative to path lights, step lights can be integrated into outdoor stairs to enhance safety. In this space, designer Paul Wrona also incorporated lights in the water feature for added interest at night.

Upgraded Lighting

This outdoor space features multiple lighting fixtures that enhance its functionality and safety, including path lights along walkways and spotlights in the pergola and bar area. Design by Paul Wrona

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