Everything natural is beautiful, true, but man's creativity enables us to realize nature in its true splendor even when nature dissolves in the dark, hiding its glorious beauty from human vision. Landscape lighting is one such garden art that unveils the beauty of nature to our senses, and adds to the appearance of homes. Creativity apart, landscape lighting also serves as a smart precautionary measure to keep trespassers at bay after dark.

Types of Landscape Lighting


This type of landscape lighting is used when illumination is to be focused on specific landscape elements- plant beds, shrubs, potted plants, trees tops, etc.,. As the name of the technique indicates, the path of illumination is ascending with the sources appropriately placed to shed enough light creating an attractive and appealing ambience.


In Downlighting, the illumination is focused downward, showering light on the target landscape element from above.

Path Lighting/ Walkway Lighting

The purpose of path/ walkway lighting is to illuminate walk/ drive paths since an upward source of light is not always adequate in such cases. Such lighting provides clearer walk areas as illumination is focused on a single area. Lights are usually installed 6-10 feet apart for optimal illumination. In addition to adding to the beauty of your landscape, Path Lighting prevents chances of possible accidents that can arise due to poor illumination along walk/ drive areas at home. Path lighting provides greater visibility and is particularly useful in case you have elder adults at home. With Path Lighting, you can have a safer driveway.


A simulation of the ethereal beauty of natural moonlighting is created with this type of lighting. Sources of light are placed at very high points on trees to achieve the desired effect. The light bulb used as a source needs to be carefully selected as it plays a major role in deriving the objective. When adeptly set, moonlighting creates a perfect traditional romantic ambience!

Area Lighting

Area Lighting focuses on the desired area. Flood lights or spot lights are used to illuminate larger areas such as playgrounds, patios, etc., or areas that require more illumination. They also serve as security lighting protecting your home from trespassers.

Accent Lighting

Accent Lighting brings the artistic elements of your landscape to focus. They are used to illuminate statues, fountains, other and special architectural features of your landscape.

Landscape Lighting types are many, and they come with numerous variants. However, you need to assess your landscape requirements, decide your budget, and choose single or multiple lighting techniques that enhance and protect your landscape.

Source by Vimala Seetharaman