Types of Outdoor Lighting and Where to Have it Installed

Honeysuckle Nursery & Design Outdoor Lighting

There are many options when it comes to outdoor lighting. Planning appropriately will create a stunning aesthetic around your landscape.

Most people think that the arrival of fall heralds the end of outdoor living for another year, but that isn’t necessarily true. While there certainly is more to do outdoors during the summer, fall is also a great season to spend time outside, enjoying the sights, sounds, and beauty of nature (and honestly, it is much more comfortable than the summer heat in most cases). The biggest hiccup to fall outdoor living is that the sun sets earlier and earlier as we go through the season. This is easily overcome with appropriate lighting, however. Let’s review some of the more common outdoor lights and where you should think about having them installed


Path Lights

Lights that line a path are intended to help people see where they are walking and do so safely. They are often short, bollard-style lights, and they could be wired in or solar. They are very valuable in any yard to prevent accidental injury.

Step Lights

Similar to path lights, step lights help to prevent injury by highlighting the steps and showing people where to walk. They are usually only bright enough to illuminate the rise of each step so that people don’t trip. Make sure that you use them wherever the surface level changes, such as on doorways, stairs, and even the edge of your floating deck.

String Lights

String lights are the end-all-be-all of ambiance. These beauties add charm and personality to the space. They come in a variety of styles, from old-fashioned looking to twinkly Christmas-light styles.


Spotlights are designed to highlight and illuminate one particular thing. In many yards, this type of landscape lighting is installed to show off water features, art, or prized plants. They only point in a single direction, so install them where they will directly illuminate the element you want to show off.

Flood Lights

Finally, flood lights are usually mounted high on the side of the home, and they are very bright to “flood” an area with lots of light. While these are not great for creating ambiance, they are invaluable in an emergency, and even if you don’t plan to have them on very often, you should still have them installed.


At Honeysuckle Nursery and Design, you will get construction and maintenance crews on site who have a minimum of 10 years of experience in all types of landscaping and hardscaping. Our designers will work closely with you to understand how you want to use your space so that we can make the most of your entire site. We are committed to providing complete customer satisfaction and will work with you along every step of the way to be sure that you are happy with your new trees. Please be sure to visit our gallery page for unique, creative designs and inspiration!

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