Modern Landscape Lighting Ideas

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 Round Bollard 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 12V Ledge Path Light from WAC Lighting 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.


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.


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 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.


Exterior Post Lights and Pier Mounts

Post lights and pier mounts 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. Pier mounts are more compact designs perfect for topping columns or for adding a welcoming touch of light to deck and patio stairways or entrances. The Republic Outdoor Pier Mount, featured above, is a gorgeous example of a modern pier light, it's vertical steel post and vintage filament bulb a sparkling choice in landscape lighting. The Atlantis Outdoor Post Light by Hinkley has an elegant vertical profile, topped with a glowing rectangular diffuser, an ideal contemporary landscape light that illuminates beautifully while also providing the kind of curb appeal expected of the best outdoor lighting.