What are some design ideas for outdoor post lighting?


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Design ideas for outdoor post lighting may include outlining garden pathways, calling attention to statues or other garden features, illuminating a patio or other outdoor seating areas, or highlighting entryways. Outdoor lighting along a garden pathway adds a romantic touch to a backyard space. The subdued lights bring out hints of color in flowers and other plants and makes sure visitors don't accidentally wander off into the plant beds.

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Use lights to highlight a garden bench, a statue or even a water feature. Combining the outdoor post lights with smaller, ground level lamps is a good way to illuminate a garden pond. To highlight a waterfall, use post lights to designate the different tiers. In both cases, using different colors in the lights creates interesting reflections on the water.

Patios, whether next to the house or sitting under a pergola in the garden, benefit from perimeter and accent lighting. If the patio is on a deck, install outdoor post lights on the deck posts. Complex spaces, like outdoor kitchens or fire pits, may use post lighting as a primary source of illumination or as accents.

Outdoor post lighting may also add class to a front door facade. The lights may accent a simple pathway to the front door, or, in more elaborate entryways, illuminate stairs, statuary or any water features.

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