Seeing the light: Artful outdoor lighting suggestions

Seeing the light: Artful outdoor lighting suggestions


With the simple addition of some artful lighting throughout the landscape, your customer’s backyard can go from the venue for an afternoon barbeque to the serenely lit hang out place for an after-hours party.

Adding in a few artful light displays can create a completely different environment for your customers and their guests, and it can also act as a more aesthetically pleasing way of beckoning visitors to explore and wander.

Take a look at a few ideas you can use the next time your customers decide they want to add a little something extra to their backyard lighting.

Tree and arbor lighting   

When it comes to adding in lights around a landscape, any terrain is fair game; this includes trees.

Talk to your customers about the possibility of using lanterns of varying sizes and shapes to create their own majestic lighting experience. When a mature tree is filled with glowing lanterns, the tree not only provides much needed light, but it also serves as a beautiful and unique focal point.

If your customers have hammocks or chairs stationed under said trees, adding in the lanterns above them can also serve as a soothing resting spot for winding down at the end of the day.

Take note that when hanging lanterns and lights in trees, electricians must be hired and consulted for the installation. But for customers who want to cut out the middle man and side step unsightly wires, solar lights are an excellent alternative.

For customers with arbors that are scarce of overhead plants, interspersing lights atop the structure can provide low, moody lighting for late night chats.

The soft glow of these overhead lights provides just the right amount of illumination to keep the atmosphere cozy and welcoming.

Water fixture lighting  

For customers who may have pools or other small water features in their landscape, take advantage of that unused space by adding in water lights.

Adding in submerged lights will help keep the existing feature in sight even after the sun goes down, and the lights can also act as safety warnings. The soft glow of the underwater light adds to the magical aspect of the atmosphere, and may invite more visitors to frequent it.

When working to highlight a fountain, submerged lights are not the only option. By positioning landscape lighting nearby and directing the light in the correct direction, a fountain can become the center of attention with little effort.

Just keep in mind that less is more. The idea is to go for the soft gleam of a glowing lamp as opposed to a glaring spotlight.


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