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10 Outdoor Lighting Tips

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Stretch your time outdoors on a deck or patio, or add after-dark drama to your home’s front entry with a mix of outdoor lights. Choose from garden lights and outdoor string lights in back or landscape lighting in front.

Front door with path lights and sconces; decorative outdoor globe light.
Path lights leading up to a porch with wall lights flanking the front door.

Go with the Glow

Place low-voltage or solar lights in a symmetrical pattern that guides visitors to a well-lit front porch. If you’re in doubt about the light spacing, test the light placement at night after your eyes have become accustomed to the dark—small lights can brighten a large area. Walkway lights also illuminate house numbers on the concrete made with a waterproof coating.

Front porch with house numbers beneath a wall-mounted porch light.

Help House Hunters

Make your home easy for guests to find after dark by positioning house numbers where they are lit by porch lights.

Front porch with string lights, Christmas lights and lanterns.

Mini Mix

You don’t need wide-open spaces to layer lighting. This compact front porch mixes string lights overhead, white Christmas lights on container trees and lanterns with candles—all made cozy by curtains wrapped around the porch perimeter.

Tree with uplighting to show off the greenery after dark.

Tree Lighting

Uplighting for trees provides a colorful reflected light in the spring and summer with dramatic shapes of the bare branches in the late fall and winter.

Outdoor string lights wrapped around a metal globe made from two hanging basket frames.

Outdoor Chandeliers

Outdoor string lights wrapped around a DIY metal globe—made from two hanging basket frames—become a pendant light above your patio set for outdoor dining as elegant as any dining room inside.

Copper-finish outdoor torches in the dark.

Old Flame

Artificial lights are safe and practical, but the flicker of a torch adds a special glow to any outdoor setting. Scatter them as accents a safe distance from anything flammable.

Lighting strung beneath an outdoor canopy.

Undercover Lighting

Turn gazebos, canopies and awnings into shades for a single light source or string of lights.

Patio lit with rows of string lights.

String Lights on a Shoestring

LED lights provide outdoor illumination for entertaining without overheating your electricity bill.

Wall lantern against the side of a house.

Light Lite

Don’t have time or money for wired outdoor lights you’ll only use once in a while? Lanterns can be installed in minutes and fitted with battery-powered light sources when and where you need them.

Solar-powered lights built into the tops of deck posts.

Lights for a Deck Do-Over

If an upcoming deck remodeling project will involve new stairs or railings, add lights to the posts and stairs for a warm glow and extra safety.

Combine outdoor lights for illumination, drama and warmth on your porch, deck and patio. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Take the next step by checking out these lighting ideas:

Outdoor Lighting for Summer

Landscape Lighting Ideas

Grass Shade Lantern