The outdoor components of your home get so much love and attention during the daylight hours when each feature is visible.
During the night, however, these same features can be overlooked and may even be unsafe.
That’s why outdoor lighting, whether in the landscape, driveway, entranceway, or backyard is paramount to your home’s beauty, ambiance, and safety.
Check out these fantastic ideas and find some inspiration for your next project!
1. Brick Edging With Lighting
Adding both safety and beauty, this landscape lighting scheme borders an existing path.
Alongside the brick edging of a stone path, a bright string of rope light has been fastened. The rope light is only placed on the side of the path open to the lawn.
2. Bright Lights Strung in a Tree
This landscape lighting idea sets a magical mood for any twilight outdoor gathering.
Sparkling bulb string lights are hung in a nearby tree that grows through the patio. The lights are placed in a circle and come in and through the leaves.
3. Dramatic Uplighting on Your Home
Using carefully placed ground floodlights, this idea illuminates your landscape and home with unmatched brilliance.
Six ground floodlights are placed within mulching and directed towards the exterior of the home. These are paced every six feet to maximize the lighting on the home.
4. Garden Lights Hidden in Rocks
With a crafty design, this landscape lighting idea carefully hides bulky outdoor lights to look like rock edging.
Small LED ground lights have been covered with a gray rock shell and are placed along the edging of a landscape piece with similar rocks.
5. Globe Lights Hung On Hooks by the Pool
Giving a summer pool party just enough evening ambiance, this idea gives a glowing border.
Globe string lights are hung across staked hooks, bordering the deck of an outdoor pool. These are placed just along one edge of the pool.
6. Globe Lights Over a Table
This landscape lighting idea uses a nearby tree to add a natural element to the bright ambiance.
Globe string lights are wound into an overhanging tree and its branches. Underneath is a table with candle-lit lanterns.
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7. Landscape Lighting Idea for Driveways
Setting your driveway in an elegant border, this landscape lighting idea uses neatly stacked bollard lights.
Along the top edge of the driveway’s concrete border wall, thin bollard lights are placed every two feet.
8. Landscape Lighting Idea for Water
With a fairy tale look, this landscape lighting idea combines water and light.
Small LED lights are put along with small fountains in the water edging along an outdoor garden scape. These are used in conjunction with nearby lighting for decorative trees.
9. Landscape Lighting Idea with Lanterns
This landscape lighting idea casts an opulent glow on nearby shrubs and flowers.
Conical lanterns with crystal shells have LED lights put in them to cast a shimmering light. These are placed atop thick wooden square posts.
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10. Landscape Lighting Ideas for Stairs
With a soft amber glow, this landscape lighting idea is focused on adding safety to your entrance stairs.
A small rectangular light is embedded into the front of each stair that leads up to the front of the house. The emitting light is a mild yellow.
11. Lighted Planters with Flowers
Transforming flowerpots into magical globes of light, this landscape lighting scheme will have you living your backyard fairy tale.
Large, round planters are made into bright LED globe lights, while still having bountiful flowers in them. This is done to three outdoor focal points.
12. Lighting on the Wall
This landscape lighting idea adds a soft touch of artful illumination to the wall in the backyard.
Three art LED lights are placed in the tops of tall rectangular inlets in an outdoor wall. These inlets have a stone veneer and are over three green ferns.
13. Lights Along the Path
With safety and an inviting ambiance in mind, this landscape lighting idea focuses on creating a well-lit pathway through the garden.
Along either side of a stone garden path, tall metal and wood path lights are placed on alternating sides in the mulching every two feet.
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14. Lights Along the Top of the Fence
Giving the warm and comforting appearance of the glow of a fire, this landscape lighting idea uses carefully placed string lights to create an illusion.
Small bulb string lights are placed along the top of a wooden fence, surrounding an outdoor seating area. The string lights are tripped up on top of the fence.
15. Lights Hanging from an Arbor
Creating your magical area in the backyard, this landscape lighting idea adds just a touch of illumination to an arbor.
Across the wooden arch of an arbor, a simple LED light has been placed, setting the blue glow of night into amber hues. This rests atop a metal chair.
16. Lights Hiding in the Greenery
This landscape lighting idea uses well-placed LEDs to cast artful shadows on the walls.
Within landscaping green ferns and plants LED lights are buried. The yellow light sends fun leafy shadows over the wall, adding height and dimension to the walkway.
17. Lights Set in a Brick Wall
Adding safety to your outdoor stairwell without being too overbearing, this landscape lighting idea uses round wall lights.
A few inches above each stair, round, top-covered wall light is embedded into the brick. These lights burn bright yellow to make the stairwell visible.
18. Lights Set in the Top of Stairs
With safety in mind, this landscape lighting idea illuminates your stone stairwell.
Rectangular LED lights have been affixed to the overhanging stone in each stair. In addition to making the environment safer, it also highlights the texture of the stone.
19. Lights to Mark the Edge of the Path
This landscape lighting idea uses a minimalist touch to accent a walkway.
Small button LED lights are placed into the dark wooden boards of a walkway leading from the deck. These are placed every six boards and are used in conjunction with the floodlights on the deck itself.
20. DIY Log Landscape Lights
Giving your landscape lighting a more natural look, this scheme uses split log coverings to dim the amber glow of outdoor lighting.
Along a natural walkway in the garden, bright yellow floodlights are spaced a few feet apart. Atop these lights split log coverings are placed.
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21. Luminaries Going Up the Steps
Creating a magical walkway, this landscape lighting idea invites your guests into a whimsical fairy tale.
Cylindrical luminaries are placed along every other step in a natural-looking stairway through the garden.
Their soft glow combines with the beauty of nearby roses and hydrangeas to create a wonderful look.
22. A Mixture of Uplighting and Lanterns
This landscape lighting scheme combines the best of up-lighting and ground lights to create the perfect, well-lit entranceway.
Near the front door, two tall ground lanterns flood the walkway with dim light. Along the front of the house, bright LED lights illuminate the exterior of the home.
23. Recessed Lighting along the Edge
Adding an artful border of amber lighting, this landscape lighting idea uses recesses in your walkway.
Small LED lights are affixed to the bottom of recesses in the stone walkway. This lights up the small stone edging border nearby.
24. Small Subtle Lanterns along the Path
With graceful elegance, this landscape lighting idea highlights the features of your entranceway.
Tall wooden and metal lanterns are placed on alternating sides of the cobbled walkway.
25. Small Uplights Between the Planters
This landscape lighting idea highlights your well-manicured shrubs and their modern planters.
Along the border of a deck and between tall concrete planters, small LED lights are placed. These send light up through the planters.
26. Solar Glowing Lanterns by the Path
Using the power of the sun at night, this landscape lighting idea makes your backyard garden pathway clearly visible.
Solar path lights are spaced two feet apart and placed on alternating sides of a cobbled stone path in the backyard.
27. DIY Spilling Solar Lights
Creating a magical piece of artwork, this landscape lighting idea gives your backyard a whimsical focal piece.
From a hanging metal tea kettle spills several strings of fairy lights. These glow an orangey amber hue and brighten the area with warmth and wonder.
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28. Terraced Stairs with Recessed Lighting
This landscape lighting idea seeks to make the terraced stairs leading to your house visible and safe.
Soft glowing LED lights are placed in recessed among these stairs to make each step easy to see.
Further lighting is added to ferns and along the wall to showcase the area’s features.
29. Tree Trunks Wrapped with Lights
Adding whimsy and fantasy to your outdoor gathering, this landscape lighting idea uses the existing natural features of your backyard.
Strings of amber fairy lights are wrapped around the tree trunks surrounding the seating area of your gathering.
The lights wind up the tree for seven feet to add natural height.
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30. Tube Lighting Along the Rocks
This landscape lighting idea uses tube lighting as edging to give an appearance of a line of fire.
Along a wall of bordering stone rocks, a single line of bright tube lights is placed into the ground.
This gives the appearance of a border of light and fire, which is both warming and inviting.
31. Uplighting Behind the Trees
Place some floodlights in the greenery and let them illuminate the tree heights.
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