Landscape Lighting Options

You could call this section the industry lingo section, but it is included to give you an idea of the types of lighting that can be included in your design project. Most all landscape lighting types fall into the categories below.


landscape lighting designersLights 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.


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 (well lighting).

Path Lighting:

Landscape Lighting TampaLights 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. This can also include the outdoor lighting for safety. Place lower wattage lights with overlapping pools of light for beauty, safety, and to illuminate the steps to provide adequate lighting for sure footing.


Lights placed behind artistic objects or plant material to cast a silhouette on a wall for a striking effect. As with 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.

Speciality Lights:

landscape lighting contractorsLights that add accent to a space, especially in the evening. Their purpose is to set a particular mood or create atmosphere. Examples of specialty lighinclude 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.

Silouhetting Lights:

Place the light in front of the object projecting its shadow on a wall, or hang fixtures in large trees casting images onto the ground.

Grazing Lights:

creative landscape lightingPosition the light source close to the object allowing the light to skim across the surface to accentuate textured areas with highlights and shadows. This is similar to uplighting, but the difference is how close the lighting is placed to a surface. Uplighting can be used on many different types of objects including trees.

Security Lights:

Illuminate dark areas all around your home, especially at windows and doors to discourage prowlers.