Best Outdoor Lighting Ideas
Darkness needn’t put a damper on backyard activities such as swimming and barbecue. By installing backyard lighting, you can keep your party going long after dark, enhance the outdoor atmosphere, and protect your property from invisible threats.
The three main types of backyard lighting are security lights to thwart and improve navigation, landscape lighting to accentuate garden features, and accent lighting to spotlight harsh landscapes. Ultimately, all three types of backyards need to achieve different levels of lighting to meet different needs. Let us shed light on the best backyard lighting options so you know what to put in your outdoor space.
1. Security Lighting
Security lights, which are usually the brightest backyard lights, are the ones that illuminate large areas and repel potential thieves and destructive animals. Powered by standard 120 volts, this light is installed in high places, such as at the eaves or above the garage, and projects wide rays at the entrance to the main corridor and backyard fence.
The best safety precautions are motion-sensing reflectors with two or three light bulb housing units that are mounted on the surface or wall of the sideline and turned on only when the built-in sensor detects movement in the area. This intense light can expose the predators, by pretending you are at home, and even pretending to be vigilant.
2. Path Lighting
Path lighting is soft, reasonably bright, and is designed to help you navigate the corridor while being attractively emphasized. Place it on the ground along both sides of the main corridor from the back door to the fence gate, along the stairs from the main corridor to backyard features such as fountains, and/or around the flowerbeds to accentuate the contours.
Path lighting is often available in low voltage (12-15V) and solar LED options, which consist of a decorative bulb housing unit mounted on a short pole that is driven into the ground. If you choose a low voltage road light, you need to use a transformer to reduce the current in your house from 120 volts to 12 volts. The energy-saving solar version, on the other hand, does not require additional cables. Even when the hallways are in the shade, these lights remain bright for hours after dark, thanks to rechargeable batteries or remote solar panels installed elsewhere in the garden in direct sunlight.
3. String Lighting
String lighting is a soft, low voltage accent lighting used to evoke a warm and intimate atmosphere that is especially desirable for entertainment. Look for a light with a battery or solar power (usually with a remote solar panel), waterproof, rechargeable, traditional outboard light, and preferably a long-lasting LED bulb. These lights avoid the need to wire extension cords throughout the patio, allow lighting in the farthest corners of patios without outlets, and ensure that the lights are on safely even during the rainy season.
4. Outdoor Wall Lighting
Exterior wall lighting is a moderately bright low voltage accent and is used primarily to illuminate and enhance navigation in small hidden patio areas where shadows are hidden. It can be mounted on any vertical surface, such as inside an arbor. On the stairs; around sunken rest areas, pools, and other lowlands.
A wall jug with an open back design (that is, the bottom of the bulb housing is exposed) is the best option as it gives the maximum amount of light to the hidden area. When firmly secured to the outer wall, the light is mounted on a thin arm mounted on a wall plate rather than a horizontal mount that is entirely mounted on the wall.
Lanterns provide soft, low wattage accent lighting on small extensions to the exterior walls to accentuate architectural details and decorations. They are often installed near the back door, highlighting the upper windows, arches, or ornate crowns.
Most lanterns are mounted semi-horizontally and consist of glass and metal exterior-mounted on the arm of a wall plate. However, battery-powered tabletop lanterns bring the same visual interest at eye level while gently grabbing items that can be grabbed outdoors (snack bowls, drinks, board games, etc.). Choose a lantern with a translucent glass cover instead of a bright one to provide a diffused nightlight without the glare that does not interfere with other backyard lamps.
6. Deck Lighting
Deck lighting is standard voltage, medium to high intensity, helping people climb, descend and overcome decks at night, avoiding obstacles and visual confusion, and highlighting features of nearby gardens.
Since the LED light is built in the groove on the surface, you can walk safely without feeling them at your feet. Platform lights also belong around the surface of the platform between the individual stairs and/or along the railings of the platform stairs.
7. Spot Lighting
Spotlighting, also known as “lifting” or simply landscape lighting, is a standard used to illuminate a narrow beam of medium to high intensity upwards, usually to display a plant or decorative features. It can be placed above ground or under tall trees or lawns to make it look more sculptural.
To illuminate a large object such as a tree, choose a spherical light for the base that connects to the ground with a pole. The bullet light has an adjustable head that lays flat on the ground and throws a bright light pin over longer distances at selected corners. Hidden in the ground, they can be centered around the features of a small garden.