Pergola lighting ideas include stringing white lights along pergola beams, installing lighting fixtures and hanging lights, installing small built-in lights for background lighting and installing lighting at the base of pergola beams for up-lighting. Considerations include the desired ambiance and practical concerns such as electric outlet availability.
Strings of white lights are a common pergola lighting option that only require an electrical outlet. Installing lighting fixtures, such as lanterns, serve as guiding lights and provide dim lighting. This option may require additional wiring. Small, built-in lights provide soft background lights across each beam and work well for pergolas attached to housing for easier wiring. Larger built-in lights may also be installed in the corners of the pergola for a similar effect.