If you’re thinking about upgrading your outdoor lighting you may be looking for some creative backyard lighting ideas. Updating the outdoor lighting can improve the look and feel of your home while also increasing safety and functionality. Keep this in mind as you are creating your ideal backyard lighting design.
Finding Backyard Lighting Ideas
One of the best ways to get ideas is to first understand the different types of fixtures and lighting styles that are available. There are a few ways to do this. You can look at home improvement or lighting stores in person and online to see what is available, look through home magazines, look at pictures online or you can drive through neighborhoods to see what backyard lighting designs other people have created.
If you have a large enough budget you may even want to work with a professional to create an overall design and to install the fixtures using specific landscape lighting techniques. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional there are a few basic types of yard lights you may want to incorporate.
It is important to have good entryway lighting. Front entry lights are important so you can easily unlock and use the door, greet guests and for security. But you also want light at any other entryways including a side door, back door or patio sliding glass door both for increased visibility and increased security.
Wall mounted light fixtures or wall lanterns are often used for this, either a single light or a fixture on either side of the door. If you have an overhang you may want to use recessed lights or fixtures that are close to the ceiling. Depending on your landscaping and yard layout you can also use short post lights here.
Outdoor Garage Lighting
Outdoor garage lights can help make the garage safer to use at night while adding a greater level of security. Outdoor garage lights often help illuminate the driveway and sometimes the pathway to the front door as well.
You typically want brighter lights for this area as they primarily function as task and security lighting. To help reduce electrical costs consider installing motion sensor lights here or LEDs. To help illuminate a larger area you may want to install them near the corner so they light the driveway and the side of the house; motion sensor lighting is great for this.
Driveway Lighting & Pathway Lighting
If you don’t have or don’t like outdoor garage lighting you may want to consider driveway or pathway lighting to help illuminate the driveway and walkway to your front door. These yard lights are typically less bright and they can add an attractive element to your yard, especially when you use some of these backyard lighting tips.
Driveway and pathway lights come in a few different styles. The most common style is low-level or short post lights that come as either solar or low voltage lighting. Taller post lights like bollard lights also work well to define areas like walkways and driveways, or you can use paver lights that are installed in the brick or stone so they are flush with the surface. Whatever style you choose alternate the fixtures on either side so you walkway doesn’t look like a runway.
Stairway lighting is a great way to increase visibility on outdoor steps at night. Steps are something that can be particularly dangerous in the dark. There are a variety of attractive LED step lights available from white to color changing. They can either be installed on the vertical face of the step, low on the wall next to the stairs or small post lights can be used as stair lights. Step lighting can also add an interesting layer to your overall design.
Patio Lighting & Deck Lighting
Good use of backyard lights, including things like patio and deck lighting, can help make these areas more fun and easy to use at night, whether you are looking to create a romantic retreat or a cozy place for a gathering. These are areas where you can get especially creative as there are a variety of lights you can use here. The most common choices are decorative string lights, rope lights, post cap lights, lanterns, short post lights, umbrella lights or tiki torches to name a few.
There are a lot of fun backyard lighting ideas, the most important thing is to implement a lighting design that best fits both your needs and your space._____________________________________