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Outdoor Home Lighting: Best Outdoor Night Spaces [Pictures]


Here is a collection of backyard, garden, and outdoor lighting pictures:


Post path lights

A beautifully lit outdoor space using post lights around the path and uplights on the trees

outdoor path lighting

Post lights and string lights wrapped around the tree branches light up this pathway

Moroccan lanterns

Moroccan lanterns make for elegant outdoor lights

deck railing lights

Globe string lights wrapped around a railing provides lighting for a deck

Coffee Can Votive Lantern

A DIY project by Maggie Makes: Coffee can lanterns light up an outdoor seating area

umbrella lights

Umbrella string lights lighting up a patio

low voltage lighting

A house lit up with low voltage outdoor lighting: uplights have been placed beneath the trees, by the entrance of the house and along the exterior of the house

pond lighting

A beautifully lit pond using post and down lights

pool lighting

The glow of the pool softly lighting the patio

patio lighting

A beautiful outdoor space using uplights and pool lights

Short path lights create an intimate environment around this Balinese villa

outdoor lights

An outdoor space lit by decorative wall lanterns and string lights wrapped around the tree and railing

patio lighting

A Moroccan styled patio using a chandelier and uplights around the plants

patio lights

String lights are strung from wall to wall to light a patio along with uplights around the plants

image credits: Landscape Design Advisor 2 3 4 5 6, Amy, Gemma, Maggie MakesWonderlane, Jamie, Desy


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Design Guide: A Range of Pergola Lighting Ideas

During the day, pergolas provide an open structure that allows for a breeze and streaks of sunlight. At night they can provide an intimate setting to relax in, but lighting needs to be added to make it comfortable. Outdoor pergola lighting ideas range from flexible, easy to install lights such as string lights, tiki torches and table lighting, to solar powered, and then to more permanent low voltage lights. Some of the ideas require construction work, and are ideal for people who are in the process of planning their pergola build or those who don’t mind doing some remodeling work. Other design ideas can be easily added onto existing pergolas.

pergola lights

The open structure of a pergola, with their columns and cross beams, allows for a number of lighting ideas to be integrated within it. Outdoor string lights are probably the most versatile and easiest lights to use. These can hang down from the cross beams side by side to create a curtain of light or strung across the top to create a ceiling of light (mimicking a starry night). They can also be wrapped around the columns, or intertwined with any climbing plants around the pergola (grape lights can be used to add a decorative flair). These string lights can be solar powered which will be a lot easier to install, or they can be electrical and plugged in. An alternative would be to use globe string lights, which use normal sized light bulbs and provide brighter lighting. They have a more sophisticated look – much like lighting in French cafes.


Rope lights are another option for pergola lighting. These are LED lights that are incased within a plastic tube to create a rope of lights.

String lights hung side by side creating a curtain of lighting

They can also be wrapped around the posts of the pergola

Tiki torches would be simple to install around the pergola. They can be planted into the soil or placed within buckets of sand to be held upright. You can find citronella tiki torches which use citronella oil as the fuel which will act as a natural insect repellent.  Or there are more permanent options, made from copper or steel, which will require underground gas piping.

The Posts of the Pergola: The posts can be used for a number of lighting ideas and solutions. Solar light fixtures could be screwed onto any wooden posts. If the pillars, the bases of the posts, are built in concrete or stone, you can have lights installed in them during the building process. Uplights or downlights fitted to the beams will add lighting to the pergola. Solar lights could work as up lights, but electrical light fixtures would be brighter and more reliable.

Thispergola uses tabletop lighting and lights attached to the posts

How To Light A Pergola With Outdoor Hanging Lights: There are a number of outdoor pergola lighting options that can hang down from the cross beams. A fan with a light fixture could be hung from the ceiling. There are also a range of outdoor pendant lighting fixtures that can hang down from the pergola – these include lanterns, mini chandeliers, or semi flush mount light kits (check out the photos below). Outdoor, waterproof paper lanterns could also be hung from under the cross beams.

Some DIY pergola lighting options include hanging hooks to the cross beams that can hold up glass jars with candles. These can be taken down and put back up when you need to light and extinguish the candles. Solar powered lights can be hung in the same way.

A ceiling light fixed to the a pergola

A hanging lantern

If you are in the planning or building process, recessed lights can be installed into the flooring of the pergola.

If the pergola is attached to the house in any way, wall lights fixed onto the house wall will provide lighting.

Wall lights attached to the house can provide pergola lighting

There are also lights that can be used on tables within the pergola. Some tabletop lights include, tabletop tiki torches, fire bowls, or a Sun Jar.

Table lanterns can also be used for lighting a pergola

Lighting a pergola can also be done with fire pits that burn wooden logs, oil or use a propane tank.

Find more pergola lighting pictures below for additional design ideas:

Another pergola using hanging lanterns for lighting

A firepit was built withint this pergola

A modern styled pergola using a range of different light fixtures: sconce lighting and post lights

Another example of a pergola using string lighting


Design Guide: Home Office Lighting Ideas

There are a number of home office lighting ideas to choose from. Determining what light fixtures to use will be based on what sort of work is being done in your home office. Detail orientated, mechanical jobs will require more task lighting. These lights will need to be colder (whiter) in color, so that you can see the true color of objects, prints, paints, etc. Whereas more computer or paper based work will need more localized general home office lighting. These light fixtures will be warmer in color, creating a more comfortable ambiance.

Adding some mood lighting can help in creating a more relaxing environment to do creative thinking. So depending on the type of work you do (from mechanical to creative led), and your home office layout, you will want to incorporate a number of different home office lighting ideas to provide the right combination of either cold work lights or warm ambient lighting.

Home Office Ceiling Lights

Recessed lighting  is a modern style of lighting that provides general ambient lighting.

Track lighting provides focused light to one area, ideal for localized task lighting over a desk or work counter. One of the great things of a lighting tack is that it can be made to use only one ceiling light outlet, making it relatively easy to install a track in your home office.

An example of track lighting in a home office

Pendant lights bring light closer down to work surfaces

Pendant lights are another way of adding task lighting to a home office. A pendant light brings the light closer down to the surface (desks, worktops, etc) making it easier to see the work you are doing. Plug in pendant lights, such as the one shown here from Home Decorators Collection, allow you to easily add a pendant light to a room. No electrical work is necessary as they plug straight into a standard light socket.

Florescent strips, though very cold in color and can create a sterile looking space, are great for more mechanical home offices. The bright white light brings clarity in the colors, objects, and tools, that you deal with.


The Most Important Piece of Home Office Furniture

The Anglepoise desk lamp is the most versatile desk lamp

A desk lamp will be one of the most important pieces in your home office. Most people will be working on a computer and with paper work, so a flexible and high quality desk light is essential to high levels of productivity. Therefore it is recommended to look into adjustable table lamps, as they can be maneuvered to your liking.

1. Anglepoise / Balanced arm / Swing arm desk lamp: This is the desk lamp. It has many names (designed after the anatomy of an arm), but this desk lamp is a versatile light fixture. It can be adjusted to shine light at any angle.  You can find an Anglepoise desk lamp with a base or to save table space, there are versions with a clamp that you can attach to the edge of your desk.

The LEAF lamp – a luxurious desk light

2. The LEAF Lamp is an elegantly styled and modern desk light. It holds 20 LEDs, 10 are blue and 10 are yellow. This combination of LEDs allows you to use its touch control base to adjust the gradient of light: cold work light or yellow ambient lighting. Named by TIME Magazine’s as “Best Invention of 2007” for its beautiful design and energy efficiency – the LEAF lamp is a luxurious addition modern home office furniture. Costing $429.

3. Bending Neck: These are smaller and less versatile than the other desk lights, but are cheaper and take up less space.

A bending neck lamp

Floor lamps are suitable for a home office layout which has enough floor space.

Adding Mood Lighting

The Yantouch Jellyfish looks like large, rounder iPad. With a gesture control touch pad, it is the most advanced and modern mood light. From the touch pad you can control the color of the light it shines, the brightness, saturation, and speed at which the colors change (if you want them too).  Prices range from $79 to $189.

A solar powered jar light

A SunJar is a decorative solar light that you can place at your windowsill. At night, after it has collected the suns energy during the day, it will glow like a sun has been captured in the elegant Mason jar.

Decorating A Home Office With Different Lighting Styles

 There are a wide range of light fixtures styles, that can be used to suit different home office decorating ideas.  

You have Mission lighting which suit regal, traditional home office décor styles.

– You can add color to a space with traditional Tiffany lighting

– Feel like creating an exotic space to work in? Japanese or Moroccan lighting

– Then there are the clean and simple contemporary lighting fixtures

Home Office Lighting Tips

Accent Lighting: If you have any art pieces, collections, memorabilia, or a proud book collection, then you can add lighting to highlight these areas. Some options include: cabinet lighting, downlighting or uplights.

A Cozy Work Environment: Lighting can play a role if you want to create a cozy, intimate space. You will want to avoid lighting the ceiling. Bring light down with pendant lighting, table and floor lamps.

Formal and Large Space: Adding a mirror to the room, light the ceiling (with wall washers or uplights) and lighting all corners of the room will create the illusion that the space is larger.

Natural lighting Ideas: Natural lighting is the best type of lighting to use during the day. Windows are essential for a positive work environment and natural lighting. You can use blinds to control the amount of light (and heat) coming through during different times of the day.  A skylight, though a major undertaking, will  wash your home office with a warm glow of light.

Home Office Design Pictures

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