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10 Creative Outdoor Lighting Ideas

By Karin Mangan
10 Creative Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Well-placed, creative lighting can really bring your outdoor space to life, and bring your life into your outdoor space! Outdoor lighting can be both decorative and functional, which allows you to spend more time in the great outdoors. Outdoor lighting can be used in many different ways to create a range of effects.

  1. Lights mounted up in trees or on buildings can be used to illuminate a wide area. Floodlighting allows you to use a large area after dark for entertaining, for example, or to play sports.
  2. Down lights positioned close to the ground are ideal for highlighting flower beds as an ambient backdrop to your evenings.
  3. Lights aimed upward can be used to illuminate features such as trees and statues, or to make a dramatic feature out of water from a fountain, falling snow, or autumn leaves.
  4. Soft lighting positioned high in trees or on buildings can simulate the effect of moonlight filtering through the branches--ideal for romantic al fresco evenings together.
  5. Low level illumination over a large area casts softly diffused lighting over patios, decks, driveways, and pathways without interfering with your view of the night sky.
  6. Accent or spot lighting can be used to highlight focal points so that you can continue to enjoy your garden's most attractive features after dark.
  7. Shadowing is an artistic effect that can be achieved by lighting an object such as a picturesque tree, a statue, or a fountain from the front and below to project shadows onto a wall or screen.
  8. Lights concealed behind and below a feature can be used to create a striking silhouette.
  9. Lighting positioned close to a surface can be used to make a feature of texture, such as tree bark or a masonry wall, an interesting backdrop to your evenings outside.
  10. Water can be illuminated to dramatic effect. For example: a pool can be used to mirror lighting placed beside it; underwater lighting can create an atmospheric glow; a dimmer or colored lights can add an extra dimension to the water feature.

Other Lighting Points to Consider

  • Be considerate of your neighbors when positioning lights.
  • Make sure you select the appropriate lighting fixtures, bulbs, and power supply, and seek professional help for electrical installation.
  • To prevent bugs from ruining your enjoyment, try to fix lights at a distance from places where you plan to sit, and install a bug zapper.

Be creative, give due consideration to the safety element of electrical installation outdoors, and you can produce some beautiful effects to brighten up your evenings and impress your friends.

Sources

http://www.landscape-america.com
http://www.lightingcinc.com
http://www.lightinginconline.com

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