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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. Let's see some interesting ideas on the same, in this article.
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Feb 8, 2018
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. 
Deck With Beautiful Sunset View
Deck With Beautiful Sunset View
Pathway Lighting
Pathway With Lamps
I'm 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. 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.
Lit Backyard
Lit Backyard
Modern House
Modern House
Point Lighting
Illuminated House
By point lighting, I 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
House with Lit Path at Dusk
Stairway Lighting
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.
Modern House with Poolside Lights
Modern House with Poolside Lights
House Exterior with Lit Pool
House Exterior with Lit Pool
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! 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.
Luxurious Backyard
Strategy Lighting
By strategy, this is what I 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, a swing or some flowering plants for this. Another idea is to have lampshades instead of regular lamp posts or spot lights. The lamp shades could be transparent, candle lanterns, or earthen lamp shades with patterned holes on them. 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

These are all the tips and ideas I had on designing a lighted landscape. Hope they helped. As I said earlier, any more ideas are more than welcome. So keep them coming. Until then, enjoy your gorgeous landscape!
Pathway with Lights
Pathway with Lights
Patio with Lit Fountain
Patio with Lit Fountain
Spacious Backyard with Lights
Spacious Backyard with Lights