Lighting It Up: Outdoor Inspiration

When it comes to lighting it up there are many outdoor lighting options that are available today for your patio, yard or outdoor garden.

Gardens, as well as inside the home have many kinds of lighting that they can avail themselves of in order to create mood, ambience, draw the eye to one place or another or pull it away from flaws in landscaping or home décor.

Some of those various methods of lighting are explored here, as well as examples of how to use them. Your choice of lighting will depend upon what you will use the garden, or that particular area of it for.

If it is to showcase a part of the home or garden in the evening or later at night a floodlight or spotlight type lighting might be in order, you will need different types of tools for this but if what you want is to assure security, another type entirely would be something you would choose when you install it. To avoid damaging your hands I would suggest purchasing some garden gloves to protect your hands from abrasions. .

A garden will have several types of lighting in several different areas ideally, so that those areas you would like to show off are seen in their best “light” so to speak, while the ones you would like to provide with a romantic or ethereal effect will require another type. There is a few types of lighting you may need in your outdoor garden or yard just as much as you need your yard tool rack.


The source of the light is above the object and mounted there so that the light ray or beam is directed downward onto the object, casting light in a wide path.

is used for safety or security but also for highlighting flower beds, paths or steps, the down light is positioned close to the ground.


The light source is aimed upwards in the air at a particular object and is used to highlight something such as a tree, fountain or statue.


Like downlighting, but using soft light sources positioned very high up, this creates the effect of moonlight glimmering through branches, and makes very attractive shadow patterns.

Diffused Lighting

The light source creates an oval or a round patterns of low light on flowers, shrubs or ground and spreads light over a wider area.


The use of an intense beam to make a focal point in a garden..


Lights a given object from both front and below to make shadows of interest on the wall behind it.


Putting the light close to a surface of interest such as a tree to bring out the texture of the bark.


If you want to know how to put lights on a tree outdoors so that its concealing lights behind and below so that the silhouette is visible against the sky then read on..

Cross Lighting

Lighting an object from two or three sides.


Floodlights make a wide distribution of light, perfect for lighting up a wall, sign or large object.


Lighting a flat wall or surface by placing the source of the light near the bottom so that the light does just as it says, washed the surface of the object.

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