Published by Naomie Whitely, Aug 10, 2017
Lighting can make your outdoor area as inviting and stunning as the indoor counterparts since landscape lighting forms the entire look and design of your outdoor space. Probably you’ve heard about some types of modern outdoor lighting fixtures such as spotlighting, shadow lighting, or even different types of lights like solar or low-voltage. But if you search within the pages of any landscape magazine, you’ll find hundreds of ways to decorate your outdoor space with lights.
Even though you’ve probably found millions of ideas, decorating and illuminating the landscape and patios with outdoor lighting fixtures are somewhat challenging. It’s not so easy to devise a lighting design that is all your own. So, it’s essential to know basic types of outdoor lighting fixtures either to communicate your thoughts to your designer or to design by yourself. Here are some types of outdoor lighting:
1) Path lighting
This kind of outdoor lighting will light your walkways and paths. In addition to safety reasons, you can illuminate this area to achieve the feeling of elegance and luxury. Think of your path as a royal walkway or an entrance to an exotic palace. Your outdoor path lighting can create any personality you want.
When a light is placed in an elevated location and pointed downward to illuminate a large area, we call the fixture a downlight. They add an adorable effect and will duplicate the moonlight glow hovering down on a beautiful landscape. This is a modern outdoor lighting fixture you need to consider to have.
Lanterns are always looking fabulous and romantic, and also great lighting additions to any landscape. You can use outdoor lanterns to illuminate patios, decks, pools and porches to reach a sophisticated ambiance. You will find this outdoor lighting fixture in various shapes, colors, and designs, and each of them will show off more of your personal style in your outdoor designs. For walkways, it’s cool to have some post lanterns, as they’re reflecting the natural balance and the feelings of serenity. Post lantern goes perfectly with Asian-inspired landscape.
4) Flood lights
It’s always cool to have some flood lights to illuminate your outdoor areas, as they will make an architectural structure, a fountain or a beautiful tree a masterpiece.
5) Shadow lighting
To emits a light onto a surface that is in front of another object, shadow lighting is a perfect choice. This modern outdoor lighting can cast a light on the wall garage, tree or any other stationary things. The outdoor lighting fixture can be installed on the ground and the light is pointed upward toward the surface item to cast a shadow the object behind it.
6) Outdoor wall lights and sconces
Outdoor wall sconce fixture is perfect for illuminating a warm presentation to your home's exterior. They will make your outdoor walls look sophisticated and elegant, with casts of lights and shadows.
7) Outdoor rope and string lights
This fabulous outdoor lighting fixture will effortlessly add romantic and warm ambiance to your patio and landscape. Whether you stretch them above an outdoor dining area, or pool area, or maybe in an open space between trees, they’ll always to the job perfectly.