Mood Lighting for the Backyard
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Mood Lighting for the Backyard

Need a bit more light in your backyard? Liven up your outdoor space with these stylish lighting tips.

Article courtesy of Garden Gate Magazine


No getaway is complete without a little lighting. Here are several products that’ll help you illuminate your backyard retreat. Have a look!


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 Outdoor Waterproof Hanging Lantern, Set of 2, $42, Amazon



These aren’t high-tech. They’re classic and elegant. Hang a few on shepherd’s hooks or thread a heavy ribbon through the lantern’s handle and tie it to a tree branch.

Be sure to: Look for those that have drainage at the bottom so they don’t hold rainwater.

Great idea: Put a fragrant pillar candle in your lantern so you can enjoy the scent.


 Outdoor Waterproof Solar Powered Spotlights, Set of 4, $40, Amazon


Landscape lighting

Uplight a dramatic tree or shed light on a path. For the widest variety of uses, you can’t beat traditional landscape lighting. There’s a light for almost any purpose you can think of. You’ll find them in both solar and low-voltage models. Solar isn’t as bright but easier to install. Low-voltage gives you more style options and uses.

Be sure to: Wait until you have your garden designed before you start installing lights. That way you’ll know where you need them most.

Great idea: Focus a small spotlight on your waterfall or small tabletop water feature.


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 Waterproof Solar Floor Lamps with Plant Stand, Set of 2, $65, Amazon


Outdoor lamps

This is the newcomer in the world of backyard lighting. Who knew you could leave a table or floor lamp out all summer? These outdoor models are perfect for reading, and just one more element that makes you feel right at home.

Be sure to: Keep your lamp in a protected spot, such as a porch, so it doesn’t get blown around by the wind.

Cool idea: Mix and match. Many retailers offer several different base finishes and shade options. Choose a combination to match your decor.


 Outdoor String Lights, 25 feet, $15, Amazon


String lights

From whimsical fiber optic butterflies to elegant cafe lights, string lights aren’t just for holidays anymore. Wind them through a potted plant. Outline your arbor. They’re perfect for drawing you in.

Be sure to: Make sure the lights start on the item you’re decorating, not back at the plug-in — use an extension cord!

Cool idea: Buy umbrella lights — they’re strung together like a big octopus and attach to the ribs on your patio umbrella. Very festive!


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