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The Importance of Backyard Lighting

Don’t waste money on a gorgeous backyard landscaping redesign by forgetting to make landscape lighting a priority. Lighting is the key to realizing the full potential of your new outdoor living space. This isn’t just because it allows you to safety experience your backyard after dark. Landscape lighting adds to the beauty of your backyard and garden by adding texture with an interplay of shadows and light.

Of course, we’re not just talking about that old backdoor flood light your neighbours hate so much. There’s a whole world of artistry and design to be explored for your backyard landscape lighting. That’s why it’s important to work with experienced landscape lighting designers.

Looking for some inspiration? Here are some of the most effective landscape lighting styles.

Path Lighting

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As the name suggests, path lights illuminate walkways, garden edging and other spaces. Some might call this the landscape lighting equivalent of last lighting. While path lights definitely add beauty, their primary purpose is to light the way.

Pathway lights are available recessed, pole-mounted, bollard-style and more.



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Uplighting is much more of an accent than a task light. These lights are mounted below or at ground level, with the light beam focused upward. This is an excellent lighting style to use when you want to add drama along a fence line or highlight something specific in your garden, such as a piece of statuary or a special shrub.



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A downlight highlights object from above. The higher the fixture is mounted, the wider the beam of light tends to be. This style of lighting looks fantastic over garden beds and seating areas, or under the eaves of your house.


String Lights

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No other style of lighting feels as festive as string lights. Whether used during Christmas or Cinco de Mayo, birthdays, romantic evenings or to simply add a celebratory vibe to your patio, these lights can definitely help to get your party started.

You’ll find a nearly limitless variety of different string lights styles, from round blub string lights, to Edison bulb string lights and even novelty lights in a wild variety of shapes and colours.

Post Cap Lights

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landscape lightingPost cap lights are a great way to highlight perimeters. Fence lines, deck railings and stairs are the perfect places in your backyard for these lights. One of the best things about this style of lighting is that most models are solar-powered, like the Prestige Solar LED post cap lights from Home Hardware. These lights allow for effortless backyard illumination. You don’t have to worry about wiring or scheduling their activation.

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