lighting is wonderful, not just for allowing you to spend
more time outside at night, but also for accentuating the best parts
of your garden and patio. Patio lighting can really create some wonderful
effects and make your patio nighttime experience even more enjoyable.
Just as importantly, patio lighting can make your patio and yard a
safer place to be at night.
The question is: what kind of patio lighting should you use? There
are many different types of patio lighting for you to choose from.
Here are a few, short descriptions of some of the most popular types
of patio lighting:
Your deck lighting can be a great tool for highlighting and spotlighting
any changes in elevations, drop-offs, or deck-edges. In doing so,
you create not only a dramatic effect, but a safer deck, as well.
You can conceal the light fixtures beneath railings, beneath benches,
or on vertical posts.
This type of patio lighting will allow both you and guests to navigate
up your steps and through your yard in safety. Place step lighting
beneath railings, on vertical posts, or recessed into the steps.
If you have a fountain on your patio or elsewhere in your garden,
you want to be sure that it is not just item of beauty in the daytime.
There are many great types of patio lighting that will make your fountain
even more beautiful at night. You can have underwater lights that
really give a dramatic appeal to your fountain. You can also consider
colored lights for even more fun (you may even change the colors of
the lights based on the season [i.e. red and green for Christmas]).
It is also possible to create a mirrored effect on the surface of
the water if you light the area behind the reflecting surface of the
Use this technique to highlight and interesting shapes that you may
have in your garden, including branch structure, sculptures, etc.
Place your light fixture in front of the item or plant that you want
to shadow, and aim it so that the item will cast its shadow on a surface
like the wall of your house. The closer the light is to the item you
want to shadow, the larger the shadow will be.
Silhouetting is a type of patio lighting that really highlights the
shape of an object. To create the silhouette effect, place a light
behind the subject, and shine it up against a vertical surface like
the wall of your home.
Place light fixtures up into a tree and shine them downward. The
light will be filtered through the branches of the trees, creating
an effect like the moon shining down.
These are just a few types of patio lighting that you may want to
consider. To decide which type to use at your home, think of which
particular subjects you want to spotlight. Think of which subjects
will look best as a silhouette or as a shadow. Consider which areas
may pose a threat if a person cannot see them.
Be sure to have fun with your patio lighting!