6 Types of Outdoor Light Effects

Outdoor lighting can be practical, helping you light your walkways and deter intruders from approaching your home. It can also illuminate the beauty of your home and landscaping during the night hours, adding 24-hour curb appeal. Here are six types of outdoor lighting effects that can help make your home safe and beautiful after the sun goes down.

  1. Moonlighting. Create the same effect as moonlight flowing through the tree branches with moonlighting. This uses lights placed in tree branches to shine down on your yard.
  2. Spreadlighting. Adding spreadlights in low-to-the-ground garden areas can beautifully illuminate these smaller plants that normally get lost in the dark.
  3. Stair and deck lighting. Brighten your decks, porches and steps with lighting that is placed on risers and between vertical railings.
  4. Shadow/silhouette lighting. Create stunning shadows from statues or single trees with a direct light placed in front of the silhouette to cast a shadow on a wall or fence.
  5. Uplighting. Highlight specific focal points with lights in or on the ground pouring light up on the item, creating a dramatic effect.
  6. Spotlighting. Adding spotlighting from a high point to flood light down on patios, pool areas or gardens can add beauty and improve safety around your home.

Knowing how to use outdoor lighting to create an artistic effect is harder than it looks. It takes the right light placed at the perfect angle and height to create these incredible lighting effects. To do more than add a basic flood light to your outdoor space, hire a landscaping team to create an outdoor lighting design for your home. With the right light effects, you can add a stylish beauty to your home at night while improving safety and security.

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Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

Light Up the Dark Nights

When the sun goes down, do your yards go dark? Even with a few lights on your patio or front porch, you can still be left in darkness without proper outdoor lighting. If the corners of your yard are shadows, walkways are dim, and your landscaping is hidden until dawn, it may be time to invest in a comprehensive outdoor lighting system.

Benefits of Adding More Outdoor Lighting

Often outdoor lighting is dismissed as too much work or expense without enough benefits. However, you may be surprised how much you will appreciate the option to light up the night once you add more outdoor lighting. Some of the benefits include:

  • Safety. Illuminating walkways, patios, pool decks and entrance points keeps those walking outside your home safer. There is less chance of a guest stumbling on a dog or child’s toy left on the sidewalk if they can clearly see the path.
  • Security. Intruders love the dark and are attracted to homes with poor outdoor lighting. Make your home uninviting to burglars and other criminals who could invade your home with adequate lighting around the perimeter.
  • Aesthetics. There are many creative ways to use your outdoor lighting for improved aesthetics. Plus, you have a chance to enjoy your beautiful landscaping, trees and other outdoor areas 24-hours a day.
  • Entertainment. Keep the party going late into the night with lighting for patios and pool areas.

Adding outdoor lighting is easy when you have a talented landscaper. They can help you choose the best lighting for safety, security, aesthetics and entertaining, and professionally install it for you. Ask about smart options to tie your outdoor lighting in with your home automation to make it simple to manage.

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Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

Security Outdoor Lighting Without the Spotlight

One of the many benefits of adding outdoor lighting to your property is added security. Dark yards can be inviting to intruders and give them the cloak of darkness to enter your property and home. Outdoor lighting deters intruders and can minimize the risk of break-ins and other criminal activities, but bright lights can be annoying for homeowners. There are ways to improve your security with outdoor lighting without the problems of bright lights.

Options for Security Outdoor Lighting

The most common security lights are motion-detected spotlights that shine a bright light on anything moving in your yard. While effective, these spotlights can wake you up in the middle of the night for the smallest furry intruder or moving branch. There are other options that can still light up the dark corners of your yard without blasting light that can be distracting.

  • Lamp or decorative lights added on the top of fence posts
  • Under-the-eve lights on your home
  • Sunken lights the emit a glow around walkways
  • Tree lights

These lights can create a glow around your home and property without the aggravating bright light that many security lights can create. When done correctly, outdoor lighting can look beautiful without creating the blinding spotlight that is often used for security purposes. The trick is to find the right combination of lights to dissipate the darkness without creating too much brightness to cause annoyance.

If you want to find the right balance for your outdoor lighting to improve security and safety around your home while still adding aesthetic benefits, talk to your local landscaper. There are many options to create the perfect combination of lighting techniques to give you the results you desire.

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Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194

How Important Is Landscape Lighting?

Your landscaping enhances the beauty of your home and property, but without proper lighting, those enhancements can only be seen by the light of day. Landscape lighting helps ensure that your property looks beautiful 24-hours a day, spotlighting focal points. However, it is not just showing off your landscaping that makes outdoor lighting important. Here are some benefits of adding outdoor lighting to your front and backyard areas.

  • Safety. Adding lighting near pathways, sidewalks and entrances helps improve safety for your family and guests. This can prevent injury at night by providing well-lit areas to walk to and from your home. It is also very important to have lighting around pools and ponds for safety at night.
  • Security. Keeping your yards illuminated can deter intruders. Dark backyards or around garages make your home tempting to burglars that want a discreet entrance to your home at night. Motion lights in dark corners and near entrances on your home can help you and others see anyone approaching and act as a deterrent.
  • Beauty. Strategic lighting placed at the base of trees or spotlighting focus points like waterfalls or ponds can showcase your landscaping at night. Your yards will look stunning day and night with the right lighting to highlight your focal areas.
  • Entertaining. If evening entertaining is a favorite pastime, outdoor lighting is essential for your patio or pool area. Make sure you and your guests can enjoy many nights outside with lighting for your outdoor living spaces.

Make sure your landscaping can be enjoyed day and night while providing safety and security for your home. Talk to your local landscaper about the different outdoor lighting options for aesthetic and practical purposes that can be added to your outdoor areas.

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Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

Landscape Lighting: Halogen vs. LED

f you need to add lighting to your landscaping, you may be wondering whether LED or halogen lights would be best for your needs. While both can offer you excellent lighting to highlight landscape focal points or add safety for paths and outdoor living areas, there are differences. Here is a quick comparison between the two different types of lighting to help you choose the best option for your needs.

Halogen Lighting

Halogen lighting offers a bright light for your outdoor areas. They also are one of the cheaper bulbs to buy, making the initial investment low. However, halogen lights do not last as long as other options like LED. They will need to be replaced more often, with most bulbs lasting 2000-5000 hours. This means you will need to change them almost 10 times compared to one LED bulb.

LED Lighting

LED lighting can be a great option if you use your outdoor spaces often at night or want lighting for nightly aesthetic appeal or security. LED lightbulbs can last up to 50,000 hours, giving them many years of life. This saves you time changing them since they can last 10-20 times as long as halogen bulbs. The downside of LED is the initial investment. These bulbs are more expensive; if you are adding many lights throughout your property, it can become a large investment.

You may be able to combine both halogen lights and LED. Use LED for lights that will be used almost every night and you want to last. Halogen lighting may be more cost effective for multiple lights that are only used occasionally. Talk to your landscaper to discuss the options and your budget before you decide which is best for you.

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Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

Bring a Glow to Your Landscaping

If you have a beautifully landscaped yard, shouldn’t you enjoy it around the clock? There is no reason your stunning trees or water features need to stay hidden at night when you can make them glow with outdoor lighting. A few strategic placements of lights throughout your front or backyards can ensure that your landscaping is enjoyed all day and all night.

Adding outdoor lighting is not just about illumination, but also about creating a different effect for your landscaping at night. Using lights and shadows, you can transform your yard into a different place when the sun goes down. You can still enjoy your features, but they will have a different look when the right outdoor lighting is used. Some ideas include:

  • Hide spotlights and flood lights in your planted areas. The beam of light can seem to come out of your gardens for a transcendent look.
  • Combine up-lighting and down-lighting along with other levels of illumination to create a balanced atmosphere in your outdoor space.
  • Use spotlights to up-light trees or features in your landscaping, creating a dramatic effect with light and shadows.
  • Use moonlighting or blue filters to create a natural effect of light – your yard will look like it is bathed in moonlight instead of artificial light.

Adding outdoor lighting that enhances the beauty of your landscaping is harder than it may seem. While any outdoor lighting can give you visibility, it takes artistry to use the lighting to transform your yard into an evening paradise. Talk to your local landscaper to discuss the best ways to use outdoor lighting with your landscape design to get the best results.

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Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

How to Incorporate Lighting into Your Landscape Design

Outdoor lighting offers two main elements to your landscaping: safety and ambience. Outdoor lights make it safe to navigate your front walkway in the middle of the night, but they can also illuminate your waterfall or giant front yard tree. If you are looking to add outdoor lighting to your landscape design, here are some ideas to help add the safety and ambience you desire.

Soft or Direct

Outdoor lighting does not need to be a flood of light. While you may want brighter lights for safety near walk areas, or to deter intruders in dark, back corners, soft light can create a more relaxing atmosphere. You can add lights under shrubs or use smoked glass in a lamp post for softer lighting that adds ambience.

Highlight Focus Points

One of the benefits of adding outdoor lighting is to enjoy your landscaping in a new way. Using spotlights that illuminate the trunk of a tree, casting light and shadows from the branches above, can be magical in the dark. Use light to create shine on a waterfall or show off a hardscape, helping you enjoy your landscaping focal points all day and night.

Mood Lighting

Using different colors in your lighting can help alter the mood of your outdoor space. Try blue lighting in corners away from the main space, offering a romantic spot for a bench or loveseat.

To make the most of your landscaping for night entertaining, talk to your local landscaper about adding some different outdoor lighting dimensions. There are many different options to create the right ambience, while adding safety and security to your outdoor spaces.

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Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 360-5604

5 Places to Add Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting can change the appearance of your outdoor areas, as well as provide safety and security for your home. Many people avoid adding lighting outdoors due to concerns about wiring and placement, which is why hiring a professional landscaper is the best option. Your landscaper can install your lighting for you and make it simple to improve your outdoor areas. Here are five places to consider adding outdoor lighting.

Focal Features

Upward or downward lighting on focal features can enhance your landscaping design in the twilight and evening hours. Consider adding wash or bullet lights to show off waterfalls, fountains, statues and other focal features in your yard.


Add small lights to illuminate pathways for safety for your family and guests. Well lights work great for the edges of pathways or small garden lights.

Dark Corners

Do you have dark corners in your backyard where intruders could enter your property? Adding motion flood lights can improve security and deter people and animals from invading your space.

Uplighting Trees

Pointing uplighting on the trunk of your significant trees with bullet lights can create a stunning look for your yards. Make sure to start the point of light on the trunk, aiming up, for the best effect.


Placing lights at intervals throughout your gardens can show off your flowers and plants 24/7. However, strive to place lights farther apart; the goal is not complete illumination, but highlighting the gardens in segments.

A few strategically placed outdoor lights can have a dramatic impact on the beauty of your home.

Your local landscaper can help you find the best way to showcase your yard with outdoor lighting, while providing more security and safety for your family.

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Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

Light Up the Dark Winter Nights

As the days grow shorter in the winter, the need for outdoor lighting around your home increases. While outdoor lighting is pleasant for warm summer evenings on the back patio, it is a necessity when the daylight disappears for so many hours each day. Here are some ideas to add outdoor lighting that is both beautiful and practical around your home and yard.

  • For safety, it is important to have all walkways well-lit around your home, both out front and in your backyard area. Not only do you want to protect your family and guests, you also want to avoid expensive injuries that can raise your homeowner’s insurance premiums if a claim is made.
  • Motion lights. Longer nights can beckon to intruders. Install motion lights in the dark corners of your backyard or side entrances of your home. A bright flood light can be an excellent deterrent to intruders looking to invade your home for loot.
  • Spruce up your landscaping. Give your yard a beautiful makeover for the long nights ahead. Add up-lighting for your trees, small spotlights to highlight hardscapes and use colored lights for a dramatic effect.
  • Use timers or home automation options. Utilize the latest technology to turn your lights on when the sun goes down, even when you are not home. Ask your landscaper about automation options to ensure your lights turn on and off without the need for you to manually monitor their use.

There is no reason to be in the dark just because the nights are longer. Talk to your local landscaper about adding new outdoor lighting to your home for security, safety and beauty all year round.

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Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

Shed Some Light on Your Landscape

You’ve worked hard to make your outdoor space look good. Colorful flowers, handsome hardscaping and accents have turned your yard into a showpiece. You can’t be blamed for wanting to show it off as often as you can. Don’t let nightfall cast a shadow over your lovely landscaping.

Outdoor lighting is just what you need to highlight those attractive plants and features you’ve added. After all, there’s no point in letting all that beauty lay in the darkness when you can illuminate it with accent lighting. Or add security to your home with area lighting, trace a path around the premises with walkway and driveway lighting.

Set the mood that fits your architecture and design with rustic lighting. Give your koi pond an added dimension with underwater lighting. Make your guests’ visits safer by bathing pathways and pool areas in outdoor lighting. Security lighting can even save you on your homeowner insurance.

Extend the hours of pleasure you derive from your outdoor spaces with lighting that sustains the mood well into the night. The dramatic effects of light and shadow on waterfalls and tiered landscaping will add an entirely new dimension to your scenery after the sun sets.

Make your exterior more appealing to family and guests and less appealing to burglars and thieves. Your local landscaping service will work with you to select the lighting treatment that best suits your exterior and your budget.

Call the professional landscaping company in your area today to schedule a consultation. Cast your property in a whole new light. Find out how shedding light on your landscaping will add value to your property and pleasure to your leisure time.

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Cunningham Landscape Group
Duluth, GA
(678) 942-6818