14 Bright Ideas for Lighting Your Backyard

Make the most of long summer nights with the right kind of lighting for your outdoor space.

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  1. Lighting the Way

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    You can illuminate a garden walkway, deck, or patio to dramatic effect using a variety of landscape lighting options. Here, Mission-inspired lanterns on post mounts cast a soft glow over the adjacent stone path.

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  2. Off the Wall

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    With an LED bulb concealed under its dome, this fixture's beautiful scrollwork detailing remains unobstructed, and its beauty is further enhanced by a vintage rust finish.  

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  3. Incognito

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    Bring a bit of nature-inspired whimsy and charm into your garden or patio area with cattail garden accent lights.

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  4. Radiax Smart

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    Kichler’s new LED accent lighting with Radiax technology allows you to focus light more precisely, resulting in fewer lumens per watt. That translates into better efficiency and less light pollution. Win-win!

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  5. Sun Bricks

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    These solar-powered LED lights come in the form of flush-to-the-ground patio pavers—a great option for illuminating pathways. Plus, they don’t add to your electric bill!

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  6. Tricked Out Trees

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    Illuminating landscape features creates an atmosphere that will make you want to live outdoors! Simple uplighting can highlight your trees without detracting from the beauty of the cool, dark night.

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  7. The Tiki Torch

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    If you want to go low-tech, tiki torches can add a tropical party mood to your patio space. They are generally inexpensive and easy to move from place to place, making a lovely and casual addition to any outdoor area!

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  8. Starry Nights

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    Create your own starry nights with miniature LED string lights attached to bendable wire. They are perfectly suited to being wrapped around tree branches and railings for a dreamy design.

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  9. Japanese Lanterns

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    Lighting is also about creating a mood. A series of solar-powered Japanese paper lanterns suspended from the trees gives warmth to the patio beneath.

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  10. "Halley's" Comet

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    Create a glowing ambiance anywhere in your backyard with this arcing LED lighting creation from Vibia—now that's illuminating!

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  11. Outdoor Lamp

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    This beautiful standing lamp is designed specifically for outdoor use. It can be inclined at any angle, and uses a 25 watt bulb. It’s the perfect lighting to read or eat by on a balmy summer evening.

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  12. Glowing Orbs

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    Set your garden aglow with these super simple orbs. Just insert a string of christmas lights into the globe of an old light fixture. You’ll create nearly instant atmosphere.

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  13. Zig Zagging String Lights

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    Create a romantic canopy of light by stretching large-bulbed string lights over any outdoor space. It will gently illuminate the area and foster whimsy and cheer throughout the night.

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  14. Rope Light Signage

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    Typography is in vogue. Take the trend outdoors by creating lettered decor with rope lights. It’s a lighting project that will take less than an hour to accomplish, but will have a lasting effect on the mood of your space.

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