Decorating Your Backyard: Lights And More

Eye-catching lighting fixtures are essential for good landscape design. Even a modest backyard space can be transformed into a magical wonderland with the proper illumination. Choose the right lights and install them correctly, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much nicer your backyard will look. 

What is the best way to illuminate a backyard?

For backyard lighting, begin by determining what you want to accomplish and where you need to focus your efforts. If you’re looking for a focal point, you may choose between trees, a pergola, or a water feature.

An electrician could help you with this step by drawing up a design and discussing it with you. You may have to install outside plugs, switches, and armored cabling to ensure safety unless you’re utilizing solar-powered lighting. 

Check out our tips for hanging outdoor LED lights if you want to up your decoration game.

What types of lighting should you use?

LED lights are among the most energy-efficient and secure solutions for outdoor lighting and are perfect for most gardens. They are widely available and priced reasonably, so they’re excellent choices if you want to save money on power costs. 

Consider solar-powered lights if your garden gets a lot of sunlight. But keep in mind that they are less useful during winter. 

Attach warm white LED lights to your fences or trellises to create a more intimate atmosphere as the sun goes down. Consider purchasing sets if you’re looking for a simple way to illuminate a larger area. 

Solar lights are especially useful for illuminating paths and patios. Even plant arrangements can be made more vibrant with the help of these lights. 

11 whimsical ideas to light up your backyard

1. Illuminate tree branches and trunks. Light ropes stretched from the ground up around trees and shrubs are great for creating a magnificent spectacle in your garden.

2. Create a moonlight effect. Install lights in the branches of large trees in your yard to create the effect of moonlight in your backyard. 

3. Create shadows. Use your lighting to cast shadows for a more subtle look. This may be accomplished by installing spotlights around the base of your home’s outside walls. When the sun shines on your home’s exterior, it will produce a unique shadow on the surface, accentuating the fine details.

4. Use Japanese-inspired lanterns. These are creative options for illuminating your patio. Consider hanging them at varying heights to create an eye-catching effect.

5. Use floor lights. A comfy couch, an end table, and a sleek floor lamp may be used to create a discreet outdoor reading nook where you can chill or enjoy your favorite novel.

6. Light up your stairs. Light the stairwells leading to and from your outdoor space by installing LED strips under the stair edges. You can use double-sided tape to attach them or metal clamps for more secure installation.

7. Construct a lighted canopy. String lights suspended from the ceiling over your patio create a classy environment. Choose how much light you want or need and assemble your canopy accordingly.

8. Well-lit walking paths. Light up walking paths in your yard by stringing lights up from the front and looping them around your property. Post mount lights can be useful for this purpose.

9. Fill the fence with vibrant light orbs. Sometimes the most straightforward lighting and installation solutions are the most effective for creating a welcoming and pleasant atmosphere. Stringing light balls over your fence is a fast and easy method to liven up your garden.

10. Stunning water lighting. Illuminated water features are excellent points of interest in any yard. These may be lit from either the interior or the outside.

11. Decorate with luminous objects. If you have a figurine, birdbath, or any other feature you want to highlight, consider illuminating it. 

Bonus tip 

Finally, consider trying a variety of lighting effects. Use several lighting options instead of restricting yourself to a single type. This will help enhance your yard’s visual appeal and avoid a monochromatic look. If done properly, this will create a more pleasant and impressive atmosphere. We also have an ultimate guide for ways to hang your string lights outdoors.

Contact LED Lights Unlimited for any of your LED light questions and concerns.