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Use Outdoor Lighting to Create a Backyard Haven

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

There are as many backyard design ideas as there are homeowners with big imaginations. But what good is a great backyard design if you can't actually see your results? The lighting in your backyard is often overlooked, but don't underestimate the power of illumination to make your space as beautiful as it can be.

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Backyard Design Ideas for Illumination

Light your way to a gorgeous backyard with these tips:

  • Porch and Deck Lights. Consider two types of porch and deck lights. First, the easy, diffused light of a few torches or post lights at the corners of the deck, and perhaps a small nightlight-style hanging lamp on the porch. But you should also have a backup of harsher, brighter lights, such as a floodlight on the deck. This can provide significant illumination right where you need it at the touch of a switch, which comes in very handy while working outdoors at night.
  • Solar Torches. Good backyard design ideas should always include solar power. Why not soak up the sun and make the most of it? Solar torches strategically placed throughout your backyard can give you several hours of nighttime illumination.
  • Footpath Illumination. If you like to take an evening stroll in a big backyard, illuminating the footpath here and there can make the experience much more enjoyable. Footpath lights are also a great safety feature.
  • Underwater Lights. Whether you have a pool or bubbling backyard fountains, underwater lights can cast a lovely glow upward. The gentle diffusion of the light through the water can have a romantic effect.

The options for lighting your deck, patio, porch, or backyard are virtually endless. Play with lighting until you find the combination perfect for the atmosphere you want to create.


About the Author
Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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