Outdoor lighting allows you to enjoy your yard after dark, increases the security and safety of your home. Well-designed outdoor lighting can also give your landscape a dramatic new personality in the evening hours.
Like other aspects of landscape design, the most effective outdoor lighting designs are simple. To avoid over lighting your yard, position lights in unobtrusive places and any areas that need to be illuminated for safety or security reasons. Then decide which outdoor areas you'd like to use at night, and what you'll be using them for. For example, if you want to barbecue at night, you'll need adequate lighting in the grill area. Choose outdoor lamps that are durable and weather resistant. Another great idea for your outdoor space is portable patio lamps. These allow you to take the light wherever you need it. Portable lamps can be plugged in to an outdoor outlet. Citronella torches and oil lamps will make a great impact on the overall feel of your patio.