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Landscape Lighting Design Ideas

Landscape Lighting Design Ideas

The perfect way to make your home look welcoming, even without entering it, is to have breathtaking landscape lighting. Here are some interesting ideas on the same.
Sujata Iyer
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2019
Deck With Beautiful Sunset View
A lovely landscape design can give a magnificent look to the entrance of your house. Choosing lights for beautiful landscape designs is fun and a great learning experience. There are so many different ideas that you can choose from. The right lighting can give your garden or lawn a grand and majestic look.
Pathway Lighting
Pathway With Lamps
We're guessing that most of you thinking about getting your landscape lighted up to have a walkway through the said landscape. Using LED lighting for walkways is a fantastic and one of the most widely used ideas.
Pathway with Lights
You can choose small lights to flank both sides of the path, runway style. Or use big lights at greater distances, running along the walkway or driveway. Avoid using colored bulbs (other than the regular yellow), for pathway lighting.
Garden Lighting
Blissful Backyard
Another idea is to establish a focal point for your landscape. Decide which area you want to highlight and then use as many LED lights as you wish, in different sizes and shapes to get all the attention to this spot and have all your guests talking about it.
Point Lighting
Illuminated House
By point lighting, we mean, having different kinds of lighting at different points within the landscape.
Suggested points for outdoor lighting could be:
  • Two at the entrance of the landscape
  • Two at the midpoint of the pathway
  • Two at the end of the pathway leading up to the house
  • Pairs of lamp posts at random points throughout the lawn
  • Single lamp posts around the house at regular distances, avoiding windows and doors
Stairway Lighting
House with Lit Path at Dusk
One way to give your landscape an elegant touch is to have appropriate lighting at the necessary locations. The stairway leading up to the house is the last portion of the journey from the entrance of the landscape to the house.
And it does not make sense to have the entire landscape lit up and the stairs hidden in darkness. This is because, one, it could be dangerous, and two, it just looks dull and uninviting. So, use simple small LED lights to light up the stairway. They can be inbuilt into the stairs or with a small stand for themselves.
Aqua Lighting
Pool with Lights
If you have a small water body as a part of your landscape, then lighting it up will work wonders!
House Exterior with Lit Pool
If it's a pond or swimming pool, you can have small spotlights or small floodlights as well. You can also use solar landscape lighting for accentuating the pool or pond.
Strategy Lighting
Luxurious Backyard
By strategy, this is what we mean: you can place lamps behind objects to give them a mysterious, come hither effect. Shrubs and bushes are perfect for this idea. You can also affix lights above objects, so they are completely bathed in light.
You can use a rock garden, swing or some flowering plants. Another idea is to have lampshades instead of regular lamp posts or spot lights. They could be transparent, candle lanterns or earthen lamp shades with patterned holes. These lampshades look best when placed on the ground, but you can also place them on low tables or rocks within your landscape.
Modern Landscape Lighting
  • Modern Landscape Lighting
Lit House at Dusk
  • Lit House at Dusk
Lit Backyard
  • Lit Backyard
Spacious Backyard with Lights
  • Spacious Backyard with Lights
Modern House with Poolside Lights
  • Modern House with Poolside Lights
Modern House
  • Modern House
Patio with Lit Fountain
  • Patio with Lit Fountain
These are all the tips and ideas on designing a lighted landscape. Hope they helped. Any more ideas are more than welcome. So keep them coming. Until then, enjoy your gorgeous landscape!