Landscape Lighting – Creating an “I Wanna Go Out Outdoors” Feeling

Why Landscape Lighting? Easy. Let’s take a little walk down memory lane. ‘Remember the old days’ when people stood inside and looked out at their yards? (ha! . . . this old blogger does) Yards were neatly maintained by the Mom’s of the house, played in by kids – with games like ‘hide and seek,’ and don’t forget – the One Glaring Flood Light. Blinding but necessary, it represented.

Now a days, people live in and use their backyards. These outdoor family entertaining places boast a plethora of fire and water features. Pathways leading to these activities should be illuminated. Not just the exterior or interior of the structures. And, ‘Let There Be Light’ means all over the property.

Landscape Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a landscape design, yet it is often overlooked or underdone.  Soft lighting in a dark outdoor environment is irresistable. It creates mood, romance, and drama while providing a warm, inviting ambiance that beckons us outdoors.

These examples below have drawing power and you can see them as stress-relief zones, relaxing havens. Primarily due the soft soothing lights.

It’s all About the Light, ‘Bout the Light, No Tripping

Landscape lighting creates safe passage. Hazards such as steps, low-hanging or thorny plants, abrupt changes in elevation, or debris in a walkway can all be avoided with properly placed lighting. We want to get our families and guests to destinations –  safely – without mishaps.


Expanding Nighttime Living is a must have in Outdoor Living. Now that we’ve poured our hearts, decor savvy, energy, and money into these incredible living spaces, we want to use them into the wee hours. That’s why we say Landscape Lighting is waaay underestimated. It can extend outdoor entertaining to round the clock use. The Kimberlie Ct man of the house could be called ‘Man of the Gazebo’ as he spends many an evening in his outdoor living room and sleeps there quite a few nights too.

Many of us are working long days on the job and often don’t get a chance to see our homes, families, or backyards until after dark.  Hence, nightscaping will ‘light up your life’ so to speak. Nightscaping adds interest and functionality to your property and is one of the hottest trends in outdoor home improvement today.

Where, Oh Where Should It Go?

Landscape lights serve a number of areas. Unobtrusive, designed to illuminate and highlight focal points, they accent walkways, trees, and property elements. You may want to highlight a few backyard features like a water fountain, pond, bench or garden corner.

Outdoor Lighting can also be beneficial for security reasons. Motion Sensor Security Lighting is a great idea for more than one spot in your property.

Yet for homeowners, choosing which areas to light can be a challenge. Our professional landscape designers can share  expert tips for lighting and enhancing different areas of your landscape. And because we work side-by-side with top-notch outdoor lighting professionals, we’ll make sure to ‘Hook-You-Up.

Let Your Light Shine

So what do you think? Have we encouraged you to let your light shine in your backyards? Catch this great video on outdoor living spaces and ask yourselves, what if once finished, the outdoor lights were left out of the equation?

That’s a Wrap from Blog Central

Thanks for stopping by Portland. We encourage outdoor landscape lighting for total enjoyment of your outdoor living areas. Perhaps a complimentary lighting consultation is something you’d like? It’s definitely is in our wheelhouse; it’s what we do! Give us a shout @

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Until next time Portland, Get Outside

Kim Thibodeau, Exterior Design Services

Landscape Blogger, Light-Light-Baby




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