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.
Help House Hunters
Make your home easy for guests to find after dark by positioning house numbers where they are lit by porch lights.
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.
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 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.
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.
Turn gazebos, canopies and awnings into shades for a single light source or string of lights.
String Lights on a Shoestring
LED lights provide outdoor illumination for entertaining without overheating your electricity bill.
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.
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.