Looking to take your outdoor entertaining to the next level? If so, then it might be time to refresh and update your outdoor lighting. After all, the right outdoor lighting can help you extend your entertaining well into the evening hours without skipping a beat. Meanwhile, outdoor fixtures can provide just the right type (and amount) of light when you need it most—whether it be task lighting, mood lighting, or anything in between.
String lights have become extremely popular for use outdoors in the past several years. These lights are extremely versatile and can be easily hung just about anywhere. Most often, you will see them suspended from a patio/deck or even placed around an outdoor gathering area (such as a fire pit). It is also quite common to see them strung across plants to create a whimsical feel that has the added benefit of keeping guests from accidentally stepping on greenery.
Looking for a lighting option that will provide some ambiance and an added sense of security at the same time? Path lighting is a smart choice. When placed along a walkway or other exterior pathway, this type of lighting is functional and helps you and your guests avoid tripping hazards. Path lighting is frequently used around stairs or other changes in elevation.
If you have multiple outdoor entertainment spaces (such as a patio and separate fire pit area), path lighting can also help your guests get from one place to the next without tripping. However, we suggest that you do not solely rely on solar-powered lights; they do not store enough energy to be effective.
Even with the right mood and task lighting, it’s never a bad idea to have a few decorative fixtures to accent important pieces in your garden. This can include statues, waterfalls, and special plants. Decorative lighting fixtures can create a distinctive place for your guests’ eyes to focus on while showing off the “pride and joy” of your yard. Meanwhile, these fixtures also add an extra layer of sophistication and character to your outdoor living space.
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