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Types of Landscape Lighting

Landscape Lighting Types

You’ve worked hard to manicure your landscape so why shouldn’t you enjoy it at night? Landscape lighting can help you illuminate features of your home and yard even on the darkest night.  It also can help improve security around your home.

There are many different types of lights available for landscape lighting depending on what area you are trying to highlight. Here are a few basic types of lights that can be used:

Garden Lights

These lights are great for showing off flower beds and plants around walkways or other areas of your home. The light casts down and slightly out from these fixtures to avoid having a bulb to distract from the view.

Spotlights / Bullet Lights

Spotlights, or bullet lights, are perfect when you want to add directional lighting to illuminate areas of features such as trees, fountains, statues, or architecture. As the name implies, they only point in one direction that allows you to adjust the focus on whatever you are targeting.

String Lights

While string lights are generally associated with Christmas and holidays, they’ve become more popular as a permanent fixture for patios, porches, or strung around and between trees or bushes. They are excellent when you don’t want to have too much light but just want to enhance the atmosphere of an area.


There may be times when you need to light up wide areas around your home. Floodlights are bright and can cover a large swath of your yard, driveway, patio, or more. They are great for security and be triggered by motion sensors if the area doesn’t need constant illumination.

Bollard Lights

Bollard lights are generally small, post lights that highlight walkways and paths. Usually used to provide direction as opposed to highlighting areas. They come in a variety of styles such as louver, cone reflectors, and glass reflectors.

Well Lights

When you need an upward-facing light but prefer not to see the actual fixture, well lights are a terrific option. They are generally flat and buried in the ground to showcase foliage, trees, facades, or walls.

Our outdoor lighting is low voltage to avoid a drain on your energy bill. It also makes landscape lighting safer to work with and safer around children and pets. Transformers are used to reduce the voltage from your home from 120-volts to 12 volts in most systems. But because of their design, they can still provide a lot of brightness even at reduced power.

Coming up with landscape lighting design can be challenging, especially considering the variety of lighting options available. You also need to be mindful of how to power the lights and where you can safely run cables.  If you are interested in upgrading your outdoor lighting, contact Illuminations Lighting Concepts for a free consultation.