Lighting Ideas to Make Your Yard More Inviting

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Just as the right lamp or light fixture can really bring a room together, the perfect visual effects in your yard can make quite the impression. Yards are another terrific way to express your personality and create an extension of the warm and welcoming atmosphere that your home brings. Consider the following outdoor lighting ideas to turn your space into its own miniature oasis.

Simple Elegance of String Lights

Outdoor lighting is all about setting the mood, and string lights are a lovely way to add that distinctive touch. Strategically hang them through and between trees, along fences, walls, and trellis and under canopies. In addition to complementing the yard’s theme, it’s easy to coordinate string light designs with the seasons, or with certain occasions or holidays. They also work well, when combined with other landscape lighting techniques, such as silhouetting and shadowing. Those methods focus on creating subtle plays on light, as their names suggest, and can produce an even greater enchanting element to a seating or dining area in the yard.

Mesmerizing Underwater Illumination

Take the calming, captivating feeling that water brings to the senses, and use underwater pond lighting to highlight its beauty. You can control the exact angles of emphasis with the light’s swivel bracket, and make a striking statement. These types of fixtures are also effective on land, when placed near statues, plants, or rock structures that outline the waters. Remember too, that these accents are terrific for curb appeal, should you ever decide to sell or rent out your home.

Path, Border, and Step Ambiance

One of the strongest resources for outdoor lighting ideas lies within the yard itself, and how it is shaped and designed. Create your own borders around natural and decorative formations, with low voltage lights in a variety of shapes and styles. Bullet landscape lights can be staked right into the ground to act as directional pathway illumination, often in between small hedges. For more of a resort-type ambiance, consider placing brass or rust-colored mushroom, hat, or tulip lighting along the front yard walkway, and along the outlines of where the gardens, outdoor kitchen, fireplace, or fire pit area. If you prefer something less ornamental but still powerful, consider powder coated, metallic looking LED step deck lights with frosted glass.

Use Outdoor Lighting to Bring Color and Creativity to Your Yard

Whether your outdoor lighting follows an overall theme, or only adorns certain pocket spaces, use it to evoke happiness, relaxation, and everything else that’s great about unwinding in the yard. Paint recycled cans and jars with bright colors or whimsical designs, put battery-powered candles in each, and either hang them or place on a planting shelf. Hang vintage looking lanterns from lampposts and shepherd hooks. To decorate parts of the yard where landscape lights aren’t possible, try:

  • Tree branch or hula-hoop chandeliers wrapped with electric lights
  • Trays with votive candles, shells, and sand
  • Birdbaths with tea lights
  • Stepping stones accented with glow in the dark paint

Make sure that all of the lighting is comfortable on the eyes, and have fun setting up a yard that you and your guests can always enjoy at night!

How will you be making your yard more inviting this season? Share your ideas in the comments section below!

Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Commercial Spaces

Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Commercial Spaces

One essential aspect of any location-based or brick-and-mortar business is the outdoor view of your company, including your grounds and signage. In many cases, this will be the first impression that new clients have of your company. While it’s easy to display these features during the day, nighttime viewing is impossible unless you have proper landscape lighting. And with business hours extending well past five o’clock in the afternoon, outdoor lighting is becoming an increasingly important concern for companies. Here’s a list of outdoor lighting ideas to consider for various types of commercial spaces.

Elegant Pathways and Entrances

Make your business look as inviting as possible so new clients feel comfortable visiting your establishment. So, for evening hours, make sure to use beautiful pathway lights that will catch the eye of new customers and make it easy for them to walk to the front door of your establishment.

The front door and windows of your business should always be adequately lit, especially if you operate a retail store. For retail establishments, front entrance lighting not only illuminates the entrance way for potential customers, but it also gives them a better view of your window displays, making a strong impression. Both pathway and entrance lights should be long lasting and provide the best visibility for your clientele.

Additionally, if the pathway to your company has landscaping elements such as bushes or flower beds, it’s important to a combination of flood, well, and directional lights so your customers can enjoy the beauty of your grounds. Make sure to incorporate a variety of lighting techniques to add visual interest to your outdoor space.

Stunning Signage

Whether your establishment is open at night or you simply want to make sure that passers-by take notice of your business, it is essential that your signage is well lit so customers can read it. You can achieve this by using a couple (or more, depending on the size, of well-placed spotlights that clearly show off your signage.

Using landscape lighting to illuminate your signage can prove to be more effective than simply using a sign that features built-in lighting since it is easy to change the position or increase the number of landscape lights depending on weather conditions or times of the year. With most built-in lighting system, this is not yet possible. Additionally, if there are shrubs or other landscaping elements featured around your signage you can use strategically-placed spotlights to highlight both your sign and landscaping.

Outdoor Space Illumination

Whether you have an eatery that features an outdoor bistro area or bar that has an outdoor lounge, it’s crucial that your outdoor space is well-lit so your customers can enjoy their experience. If your outdoor space can be seen from the street, it’s in your best interest for it to look amazing because it can draw new customers to your business.

For an outdoor eatery try combining well lights, flood lights, and the down lighting technique to create an area that is warm and well-lit. Down lights can be especially impressive if your outdoor space features trees or tall bushes. Well lights and floodlights can be used to illuminate walkways, landscape elements, and even the tables themselves.

For outdoor lounge areas you may find that a few well-placed patio lights are all you need to illuminate your space. The beauty of these lights are that they’re not overpowering, so you can always add flameless candles or other lighting options for aesthetics.

Other Things to Consider

  • Whenever possible, choose LED lights for your outdoor lighting since they are the most economical of all the outdoor lighting choices due to their long-lasting nature and energy efficiency.
  • Aside from the aesthetics, your outdoor space should be well-lit in order to keep your customers safe and your company safe from liability.

Have you used any of these outdoor lighting ideas to illuminate your commercial space? Has it improved your bottom line? Tell us about your experience!

Outdoor Lighting Ideas That Will Lift Up Your Mood

For some, summer is their favorite time of year. Warm weather, wonderful company and barbecues every weekend if you’re lucky, and if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors, it’s a great time to get your garden looking great. Outdoor lighting enhances your garden and helps your garden shine, and in this blog post, we’ve put together a few outdoor lighting ideas to help uplift your mood this summer.

Mock-Bonfire

A Pinterest favorite of ours, this summer you don’t need a real fire if you don’t have the equipment. Simply arrange some wood in a basket and dress it up with a string of pretty fairy lights. Perfect for parties!

Door Lighting

Adding lights to your door not only make your home more inviting, but give a warm and sophisticated feel too. You could choose to either add spotlights or give definition to the pillars by adding some back lights.

LED Rope Lighting

Not only are LED lights longer lasting and more cost efficient, they can also be shaped according to your need in the form of light ropes. Why not use as a way to highlight the pathway leading from your back door to your garden, or alternatively as a way to greet guests at the front door up the driveway?

Object Lighting

Adding lights either inside your garden objects or around them is a great way of highlighting your garden’s best features and adding some definition and shadow. If you have a hollow object with cut outs, LED lights work really well on the inside, as do fairy lights.

What are your favorite outdoor lighting ideas? Share them with us in the comments below