Which Lighting Fixtures Do You Need?


Deciding which landscape lighting fixtures you need is incredibly important. It can determine the atmosphere and functionality of your system. Check out these fixtures and their quick summaries. It may help you decide what might work best for your landscape.


Landscape lights placed at ground level with the lights aiming upward to highlight focal points in the landscape, such as specimen trees, signs, and architectural features. The lights not only highlight 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 or flood lights as well as in-ground fixtures.

Tree Lights / Downlights:

This is one of the most natural looking forms of lighting. Lights placed above an object or area and aimed downward to imitate natural light such as simulating moonlight, or for providing security to an area, such as at back entrance. Care should 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.


Backlighting is another natural form of lighting where a fixture is placed behind artistic objects or plant material to cast a silhouette on a wall for a striking effect. This effect helps to provide depth and structure to the landscape. As with tree/downlights, care should 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.


Landscape lights 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 generally low to the ground and cast a spreading light.

Deck / Wall Lights:

Deck and Wall Lights are becoming one of the most popular fixtures due to the growing popularity of outdoor living. These types of fixtures are many times used to highlight seatwalls, stone work, decks, patios, etc. Wall Lights used in seatwalls typically will require a fixture to be placed every 7-10′ depending on height of wall, straight/curved wall, and light intensity desired.

Specialty Lights:

Landscape lights that add accent to a space, especially in the evening. Their purpose is to set a particular mood or create atmosphere. Examples of specialty lights include string lights in a gazebo, lights that resemble patio torches and/or flickering flames, and lights used in underwater settings to highlight a waterfall or rock bank.

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