Landscape Lighting Ideas

Categories: Backyard Landscaping, Landscape Design | February 15, 2018

Landscape lighting ideas are a great way to help you figure out which types of landscaping lighting will work best for your space. At Vandenberg’s Landscape Design, we offer a wide range of landscaping services, including landscape design. If you are thinking about adding lighting to your landscape, here are some of the different types of outdoor lights available and the effects that can be created with them.

Types of Landscape Lighting

Some of the different types of landscape lighting to be considered for your space include:

Path Lights

Path lights are one of the most common types of landscape lighting, as they can be spread out along walkways or used to frame out a garden or feature in the yard. Consider lining them down a path, around a pond, or along the edge of the driveway.

Postmount Lights

Postmount lights add a strong architectural element to any backyard landscaping and are perfect for installing onto posts or on top of structures. Try using mounting them on entries, gates, fences, or around decks.

Deck and Step Lights

Deck and step lights are an easy way to add an accent to an architectural element or to add a higher level of safety to dark stairs. This type of landscape lighting can be installed directly into a yard’s hardscape or decking.


Spotlights are the ideal choice for highlighting a number of outdoor features, such as sculptures, fountains, trees, buildings, and architectural details.

Hardscape Lights

Hardscape lights are a type of LED light fixture that features brackets and flanges. This type of landscape lighting can easily be installed onto or into structures in order to wash or graze walls with lights.

Landscape Lighting Effects

Once you have chosen the right landscape lighting for your backyard or front yard landscaping, you will need to determine which lighting effect will best compliment the features you are trying to showcase. Some of the common types of landscape lighting effects include:

  • Up lighting – creates a dramatic effect with taller structures and trees
  • Silhouetting – highlights dramatic shapes that might be hidden during daylight
  • Shadowing – creates a softer, more moody effect around objects
  • Moon lighting – creates an impressive effect when used with open-branched trees
  • Grazing – adds an upscale touch by featuring textures on flat surfaced hardscapes
  • Washing – creates a gentle wash of light across an entire area

If you would like to learn more landscape lighting ideas, or if you are interested in one of our landscaping services, please contact Vandenberg’s Landscape Design at 604-866-3023 or by filling out a contact form on our website. We are a Vancouver landscaping company that is proud to serve customers throughout the Fraser Valley.

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