can be one of the most important aspects of landscape
and hardscape design
, yet it is often overlooked or underdone. Proper outdoor lighting design
allows you to highlight focal points and hide eyesores. It can also be used to enhance safety
, to accent special trees
, and to create a festive atmosphere for outdoor entertaining.
Landscape lights also serve a number of needs, from letting you walk safely down a flagstone path at night, to giving you a place to spend time with your family after school and work. Outdoor lights even deter burglars and reduce crime. Yet for homeowners, choosing which areas to light can be a challenge. Here, landscape professionals share their expert tips for lighting different areas of the landscape. If you’re planning for lighting in your landscape, this section will give you a better understanding of what to expect when landscape lights are installed, where the best places are to put lights, how to create effects with lights, and much more.