Home gardening and landscaping is a way to enjoy our home and rejuvenate our body & mind to the max. In that sense, outdoor lighting double that experience by bringing the night life to our home.
With the rise of technology, so does the change in the types and varieties of lights you can access. Here, we’ll put together a list of outdoor lighting ideas to decorate your outdoor living.
1. Drive way & Path lights
Pathway lights are usually prefer to a set of identical lights style that shine downward to light up the stepping area. Path lights can be used to light up drive way, paths around garden/landscaping, provide security and protection around certain plants, marking the boundaries of planned walkway, etc.
There are many options such as energy efficient LED, eco-friendly solar power, motion detector… All of those will add some live to your usual defined traverse direction around the yard.
Many lights can be used as path lights, the limit is just your creativity. Anything like garden light, post lights, pillars lights, step lights or even the newer light-up pebble stones can be used to mark the way. Just pick one that would fit and complement your design well.
2. LED Curtain lights
Simply put this is a connection of many strips of lights that would save you time and effort while giving one of the most beautiful and romantic look in a jiffy. When it first appeared, most curtain lights are used to decorate wedding background, party focal stage or simply in conjunction with your windows/sliding door curtain to bring out that dreamy looking style.
With just a few twist, look for those with outdoor capable curtain lights, you can simply hang it up as decorative for arcs, pergola, under porches, along stair rails, decks, outdoor tent,… Good thing is most curtain lights are built with LED and can be control with smart phone to display different colors, rhythm sequences, dimmable and even sync with device’s music.
3. Wall Sconces
Wall sconces are always the first choice for entryway lighting. Not only help to light up and accentuate the entrance, a well-designed wall light will also helps adding depth, dimension and shadow to the overall scenes.
Typically, most entryway using wall sconces with warmer and more inviting color schemes.
To add to the overall scene, pick larger wall sconces so that they’re visible even farther away. Curb side testing and determining the size might be a good idea.
4. Outdoor Pendant Lighting
Pendants always add sophistication to their surrounding like the main focal points. For entryways decoration, outdoor pendant lighting is the best option to upscale the whole setting.
Typically, the pendant should be mounted centered and around 6 inches above entrance door. Outdoor pendants are usually hung by chain, wire or cable that can resist water and weather increments.
5. Outdoor Post Lights
Post lights help to light up the way and important area without the brightness and alerting of flood lights. Moreover, post lights can serve as decorative pieces for flowers and vines to stand around or climb upon making the area a landmark both nights and days.
The ambience post lights creating are long stretches for taller posts while shorter or mini posts lights work well for smaller path, coves or miniature garden.
6. Strip light
If you’re used to hang and decorate lights strings around the house during Christmas and so on, you would have know how magically they lighted up. These strip lights nowaday are made with LED, some even come in multiple RGB color with remote control or sequential playing programs.
There are newer version of strip lights like Tape lights. These are mostly LED that can be easily join together or cut into smaller tapes, which then can be stuck onto any surfaces. These are often used to decorate ceiling, arc, entertainment center…For outdoor, you might tape them along the house perimeter that covered under porch. Fences, deck rails would work too if you can find the water-resistant version.
7. Tea light
Tea lights are those flickering mini candle simulated lights that small enough to place on outdoor table when serving. For decoration purposes, these can be placed inside jar, covered pot to create warmer scenes on your patio furniture.
8. Mini balloon lights
These balloon lights are mini LED with battery inside a round ball shape that often water resistant. Though these are temporal solution, these balloon lights can be a quick decoration for any outdoor party.
You can throw them into fountain, small ponds, glass jars, plant pots, tree stumps…to create a special light effect. For vertical lighting, put them inside balloons, lanterns or big flower… for a night show or game. Some of the lights can last up to weeks, just make sure to keep the tab and reinsert them when not using to safe battery.
9. Fairy string lights
These are the newer lights that are super small and connected together usually on an easy-to-bend and shape metal wires. These fairy lights can be placed inside jars/vases or translucent objects to creating the shade and ambience surround.
Since the wire are so easy to shape, these lights contour well to almost any decorative objects, be it stair rails, flower/branch wreaths, trees and stumps…
Pick those that are water-resistant and rechargeable to save on energy and run time.
10. Patio lights
A magical way to light up your patio is simply hanging light bulbs across. That’s all. It doesn’t matter which type of bulb you’re using, be it the Edison, Globe, coil, candelabra… they’re all creating an extremely warm atmosphere. Though the Edison and Globe seem to be more popular choices.
These patio lights can be connected and hung anyway, but most of the time you’d need some manual wiring to get to the desired length unless custom cut to fit.
Among all those decorative light, these patio lights are more classics. For occasion and special events, cover those bulbs with lantern or special paper/wrap to generate the difference in atmosphere.