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Backyards can retain their beauty even after the sun goes down when backyard lighting is used effectively. The time and money you invest in patio furniture and other decor are meaningless if you can’t see or use it at night. Backyard lights add a degree of majesty and dimension that illuminate your yard any hour of the day.
Homeowners often use several types of backyard lights in their design phase. Combining multiple types of lighting like path lights and string lights is all too common. Today, many of these light systems are solar powered, meaning that they require no complicated installation. This makes it possible to transform any backyard in a single day if desired.
Perhaps the hardest part of this process is deciding on what lights to use: this guide attempts to simplify your choices by providing information on the most commonly used backyard lights.
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String backyard lighting allows users to decorate places of the yard that are not usually covered with outdoor lights. Examples include patio awnings, gazebos, windows, doorways and more. String lights look a lot like Christmas light strings except that they come in many themes and styles. Whether you like a string of colorful flower petals or color changing butterflies, anyone can find a set of string lights to their liking. One popular type of string light is the “paper lantern” ones which are derived from Asian designs.
It is important to make sure that the string you select is intended for outdoor use. Look for models that claim to be “backyard” or “outdoor” string lights, as these models will durable enough to withstand outdoor conditions. Each bulb on the string is covered with a plastic, rubber or paper covering that is molded into the desired theme. These covers are what give each string its uniqueness and can be removed for cleaning.
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Any path or walkway in your yard is just begging to be lined with path lights. Path, or walkway lighting, is great for lining any structure in your backyard. Walkways can be clearly defined at night to add beauty and prevent tripping. Solar path lights are quite popular because they can be set up within minutes. They usually consist of a light pod mounted to the top of a stake which gets pressed into the ground.
Solar lights gather sunlight energy to power the light at dusk and into the night. They are quite convenient in that they turn on and off automatically. Styles ranging from modern to rustic are readily available.
Wired path lights require in-ground electrical work but are generally more powerful than their solar counterparts. These systems run off of a “low voltage” transformer hidden away somewhere in the yard. These transformers can be hooked up to timers and solar sensors for convenience and is a good low-voltage lighting idea.
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One excellent and unexpected way to provide functional backyard lighting to an outdoor dining area is with umbrella lights. Umbrella lights attach to your patio umbrella to provide light to the table underneath. This light can be used for reading, dining, conversing and more. Umbrella lighting is quite surreal in appearance and is a type of lighting you don’t see very often.
There are two types of umbrella lighting. The first type of umbrella lighting attaches to your umbrella’s pole. This light “pod” has several LED light bulbs which point down onto the table below. The second type attaches to each vein of the umbrella and could be considered string lights. Both look great, but the string lights are more decorative than functional.
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Pool and Pond Lights
If you have a pool or pond in your outdoor space, there is an easy way to add backyard lighting to these locations too. Floating light pods are available which can be placed into the water to shine on the floor below. Lights for pools often display a rainbow of colors onto the pool floor, which is quite an impressive sight. These pods are waterproof and are safe to use around water and damp locations.
Pond lights look a lot like spotlights and are usually wired together. They are placed in strategic locations in the water to shine on aquatic plants, fish, and decor. A water-bound backyard light is an unexpected and unique way to add style to a yard.
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This type of outdoor lighting provides outdoor illumination for your garden and landscape similar to how the pool lights work. This kind of lighting not only enhances the beauty of the yard, but it also offers another level of safety, accessibility, and security because you are effectively providing outdoor lighting to the darkest areas of the yard while also showing off the areas of your yard you may be most proud of.
If you are looking for a more delicate lighting approach for your backyard, then glass lanterns can add a touch of elegance to the outdoor space. Hurricane lanterns and mason jars make the ideal casing for solar lights and can be used as the perfect lighting fixtures. They offer another level of exterior lighting ideas that provide low-voltage lighting while creating the perfect ambiance for your next gathering.
Outdoor chandeliers also make good lighting systems for the backyard and offer another level of ambient lighting for the space and can also create a focal point for the yard.
No matter what outdoor lighting options you are interested in, there is something for every style and taste. From LED lights, solar lights, and more there are numerous ways you can liven up the space and extend the use of your backyard into the nighttime hours instead of being limited to daytime because of the lack of illumination.