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Quick Tips for Choosing Modern Landscape Lights

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An optimal arrangement of landscape lights can bring an outdoor space to life — after dark.

Path Lights & Bollards

Thoughtfully selected landscape lighting keeps a home's exterior optimally illuminated, adding both practical and visual appeal after dark. Path Lights and bollards are amongst the most essential landscape lights, designed specifically to illuminate walkways, and safely directing the flow of traffic. The Hinkley Atlantis Path Light, above is an example of a highly functional and statement-making path light, its elegant architectural form providing crucial downward illumination along a path's length. Similarly, the Bover Logico Garden Bollard is a striking example of landscape lighting that enhances an outdoor space in daylight as much as it does at night. Highly practical for large landscape settings, this path light can clearly be seen, even from a distance, anchoring the landscape's overall design scheme throughout the day.

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Deck Lights & Step Lighting

Deck lights and step lighting help define external built spaces, like patios, porches, balconies and terraces. Installed on exterior walls and on stairs, deck and step lighting transforming outdoor spaces into smart spaces for dining and entertaining well into the night. Step lights are essential for exterior stairs, highlighting subtle changes in elevation that can be difficult or dangerous to negotiate in the dark. Hinkley Nuvi LED Step Lights, featured above, illustrate why step lights are crucial to negotiating stairs at night—and how beautifully they can enhance outdoor spaces at night. WAC Lighting's 12V Round Deck Lights are attractive and versatile outdoor lights, easily installed most anywhere on a deck or patio where illumination is needed, its neat, rounded design and downward illumination ideal on a wall or along the length of a staircase.

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Outdoor Spotlights & Well Lights

Spot lights are versatile outdoor lights that can serve a variety of functions, from highlighting architectural elements to creating subtle washes of light across a wall. Modern spot lights, in general, are designed to draw attention away from themselves and towards specific features in a landscape or on the exterior of a building or home. Similarly, well lights, which recede into the ground, serve the same purpose, helping to illuminate trees, pergolas and other landscape features with upward illumination. WAC Lighting's LED 12V Mini Accent Light, above, is compact, but provides strong directional light that makes it ideal for calling attention to any exterior feature. Similarly, the Hinkley Hardy Island Well Light is a subtle presence that ensures all eyes are turned toward up-lit architectural features, like a pergola or statement plantings.

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Exterior Post Lights

Post lights are statement-making landscape lights that are impossible to ignore. Attention-getting, no matter where they're installed, outdoor post lights look particularly striking when flanking a path or stairway, providing an inspired introduction to a home. The Hammerton Signal Post Light, featured above, is a gorgeous example of a modern post light, it's vertical steel post and jewel-like faceted glass diffuser a sparkling choice in landscape lighting. The Loft Outdoor Post Light by Hubbardton Forge has an elegant vertical profile, topped with a glowing cylindrical diffuser, an ideal contemporary landscape light that illuminates beautifully while also providing the kind of curb appeal expected of the best outdoor lighting.

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