Outdoor Lighting Ideas for the Summer

 

Summer is best spent outside, especially when the warm nights are accompanied by cool breeze, making it perfect for hanging out with friends and family in the backyard.

 

Whether you need to illuminate your entertaining area, showcase your garden, or light up the pathways, here are some lighting ideas for your outdoor space:

 

Alfresco Area Lighting

The right lighting in your alfresco area or patio can create the perfect ambience for your party. Modern pendants with metal finishes add a stylish touch, while lights with natural or wood finish can further enhance the cozy, outdoor feel in the space.

 

If the dining area is not undercover, or if the patio ceiling is not suitable for light installation, consider using floor lamps and table lamps. These are easy and quick solutions, plus they work well to make the whole dining experience more intimate.

 

When selecting lights for your alfresco area or patio, you need to ensure that the pendants or lamps are suitable for outdoor areas, with the necessary IP rating to protect them from the elements. If you are unsure whether you’ve picked the right light on our website, give us a call and our team will be more than happy to help you out!

 

Pathway Lighting

Although the days are longer in summer, the sun will still go down eventually. It is important to keep your backyard and pathways well lit, so that you and your guests can move around safely.

 

Bollard and post lights are perfect for both sides of the path or walkway through the garden. If you have steps outside your house, no matter how little, consider installing in ground / deck lights or outdoor step lights to prevent trips and falls.

 

Garden Lighting

Showcase your beautiful garden with the right garden lights. Spotlights are ideal to highlight hardscape features or light up the trunk of a tree, while spike lights illuminate garden beds, small shrubs and other interesting items in your garden.

 

If you have ponds, fountains, pools or other water features in your garden, don’t leave them dark at night. Use pond lights or underwater lighting, and see how your illuminated water feature transforms the atmosphere.

 

Other important tips for outdoor lighting:

 

1. Less is more.

While outdoor lighting is effective in enhancing and showcasing your garden, it is best to keep it to minimal. Plan and place the fixtures carefully, to keep your backyard from lighting up like a stadium.

 

2. Safety first.

It is very important that you choose the right lights for outdoor use, with the right adapters and wiring. Get an electrician to help you with the light installation if you need to.

 

3. Use LEDs.

Although LEDs can be more expensive than other types of light bulbs, they are much more economic in the long run. Compared to halogen or incandescent bulbs, LEDs are more energy efficient, hardy, and long-lasting, which means you’d need fewer replacements.

 

Need some assistance in planning your outdoor lighting design? Speak to our friendly team to get the best advice and inspiration today!