When planning your outdoor
lighting let us give you some guidelines to help make your yard more
Conceal the light source behind shrubs, etc., where possible -
except where the fixture itself is a decorative element. This could
be an outdoor light
Don't over light - a little light
goes a long way
Be creative in using a mixture of
lighting techniques for drama and excitement
Arrange for an automatic device to
turn lights on and off, such as a timer or photocell
Be considerate of your neighbors -
aim lights so they do not shine into their windows
The basic steps are simple:
Decide what you want to light
Select the appropriate lighting techniques
Select the appropriate lighting fixtures and accessories
Select the appropriate bulbs
Choose the power supply
Note: For professional results, it's best to consult with an
American Lighting Association Certified Lighting Consultant at one
our showroom locations.
Type of Fixtures Types of Bulbs Power Supplies
Landscape Lighting Home Types of Lighting
Top of Page Lighting Specific Areas
Selecting Your Landscape Lighting Fixtures
Cylinder, Box Shape
and Bullet Shape These designs help focus and direct the light
beams. Some also cut off glare and protect the lamp and socket from
debris and moisture.
Spread and Diffused These low level units are designed to cast
illumination in a broader pattern for: flower beds, perimeter
plantings, driveways, steps and paths.
In-ground or Well Light Burying these fixtures flush with the ground
conceals the light source. Use for upLighting trees and shrubs, an
grazing textured walls.
Spot or Accent Versatile/adjustable fixtures used for uplighting,
cross lighting, accenting and grazing. When mounted high up provide
focused downlighting and moonlighting.
Wall Bracket, Ceiling Close-up,
Chain hung Lantern Mounted at entry doors, over garages and on
porches, these stylish units cast light outward either direct or
Bollard and Post Lights These standing fixtures light pathways,
steps, garden walks, deck and pool areas. They also provide
attractive light patterns for driveways.
Swimming Pool and Fountain Lighting These fixtures are installed in
sides and at ends of swimming pools and bottoms of fountains. Wet
niche fixtures can be removed for lamp changes, while dry niche
fixtures require access to the back of the pool shell. Colored
lighting is popular for this application.
Timers, Transformers and Other Accessories Automatic timers,
photocells, or motion sensors which turn lights on at dusk and off
at dawn make landscape lighting convenient and energy saving. See
manufacturers' catalogs for other accessories which may be required.
Pool safety articles and