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.
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
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.
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
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.
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