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Where are the Best Places to Install My Outdoor Lighting?

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Outdoor lighting is an essential factor that can take your property from ordinary to extraordinary. It not only provides functional benefits like enhancing security and safety but also accentuates the aesthetic appeal of your landscaping. This post will detail the best places to install your outdoor lighting, ensuring optimal illumination and security. So, let’s dive right in!

Breathe Life into Your Home’s Façade

The façade of your home is the first thing anyone sees, making it one of the best places to install your outdoor lighting. Strategically placing up lights or downlights on the exterior of your house can bring architectural details into sharp focus and add dramatic nighttime curb appeal.

Variety of Options

One amazing thing about lighting is that you’re not limited to just one option. You can vary the hues to match your mood or even sync your lights with sports themes or beats to radio music. More sophisticated lighting systems offer a chance to uniquely personalize your space, lighting up a previously dark area and providing an additional layer of security.

Light Up Your Hardscape

Lighting up your hardscape — things like seating walls, grille stations, and columns — is also a fantastic way to illuminate your outdoor space.

Under Cap Lights for Hardscape

One popular option we recommend for hardscape lighting is under cap lights. By installing these soft lights under the capstones of your hardscape elements, you create a subtle and warm glow that enhances the area’s ambiance.

Enhance Your Walkways and Pathways

Walkways and pathways are another excellent area where you should consider installing lights. Using path lights along these routes not only makes them safer to traverse at night but also emphasizes their shapes and structures, adding depth and intrigue to your outdoor space.

Up and Down Lighting for Trees

Trees, especially evergreens, are wonderful subjects for lighting. Up and down lighting can create stunning shadows and highlights that bring out the natural beauty of the tree, enhancing its texture and form.

Sparkle Up Your Pool Area

If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, lighting it up can transform your nighttime swimming experience. Low voltage LED lights are a perfect choice for pool areas, providing clear, vibrant illumination without overwhelming brightness. While our standard package comes with three lights, you can opt for five, six, or however many you feel are necessary to create the desired ambiance.

Illuminate Your Grilling Area

Modern grills often come with built-in electronics, including lighting for the grill area. However, we suggest adding extra illumination, like hardscape lights installed underneath the countertops. These lights cast down onto the pavement, radiating a soft light that enhances the area around your outdoor kitchen.


Choosing the best places to install your outdoor lighting can transform your outdoors into a beautiful and secure space. Whether you want to highlight your home’s architectural features, make your pathways safer, or create a magical atmosphere around your pool, the right lighting can make all the difference.

And remember, you don’t need to navigate this journey alone. For more personalized advice and professional installation services, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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