Types of Landscape Lights

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Posted on July 12, 2011


These are lights placed at ground level aiming upward to highlight focal points in the landscape, such as specimen trees, signs, and architectural features. The lights not only emphasize features from the outside, but they also provide for an extension of the interior living spaces at night. Fixtures of this type may include spot lights, flood lights as well as in-ground fixtures.


Lights placed above an object or section and aimed downward to imitate natural light such as simulating moonlight, or for providing security to an area, such as at back entrance are considered down lights. Caution must be taken to hide or shield these light fixtures from view to create a true natural light. Fixtures of this type include spot or flood lights.


Backlights are lights placed behind artistic objects or plant material to cast a silhouette on a wall for a striking effect. As with downlights, caution must be taken to place the fixtures so that they are hidden from view. Lights of this type may include spot or flood lights as well as in-ground fixtures.


These lights are placed just above grade level along sidewalks, driveways, or informal paths in the landscape to safely lead a person from one location to another. Path light fixtures are usually low to the ground and cast a spreading light.

Specialty lights

Specialty lights are those that add an aura to a space, especially in the evening. They are designed to set a particular mood or create atmosphere. Examples of such lights include string lights in a gazebo, lights that resemble patio torches or flickering flames, and underwater lights which are submersed underwater to highlight a waterfall or rock bank.

While we covered some basic and common lights, it is important to note that there are many lighting designs out there and more research is necessary so that you can choose the appropriate lighting for your design.