Great Outside Lights


Interior design: Klima Design Group

Last year I helped my friend set up her outside lights, furniture, accessories, cool cotton pillows and beautiful candles. I grouped multicolor candles around the fireplace to recreate full living room experience. We had some fun with flowers and accessories.  To create general lighting we used many oversized lanterns. This year she wanted more functional lighting, such as step lighting and path lighting. 

 Path and Step Outside Lights Dos and Don’ts

Ask any lighting designer and he will tell you that any lighting design starts with safety lighting. Good news is that you don’t have to be a lighting designer to make sure that your guests are safe at night. With the abundance of lighting choices you can select fixtures that are safe by their construction. My word of advice: don’t use the step or path lights that create a tripping hazard.  For example, some outdoor lighting is vertical in ground fixtures with design that extends out or lamps that have wires to be plugged in the wall. This can be  dangerous, especially for people that are older as well as young children. A good solution is a flash mount step lights.


                                                          1. LED Step Light by CSL Lighting I like the small and sleek design of the step lights as they extend only .7” off the wall. At the same time, the light is enough and sufficient for comfort of you and your guests.

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                                                           2. Led  Step & Wall Lights by WAC Lighting This lighting design not only is flush but also almost eliminates glare. That is a great feature for people that are older. The light beam spread is very wide, so that maximum of the surface is lit

Outdoor Accent or Mood Lighting

For accent or mood lighting I like lighting design that is minimal with high functionality. If you want minimalistic look where the light source is sleek, here is an example of new, contemporary lighting design that is both functional and beautiful.

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 3. Halley Floor-to-Clamp Outdoor Floor Lamp It lights up the night like a futuristic comet: The beam of light arches through the air and creates magic.

                                                                                                                                              4. Havana Outdoor Pendant Lamp by Foscarini No wonder that Havana outdoor lamp is selected by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for its permanent design collection.  It is perfect to be installed right on a tree branch.

5.  Round Planter by Rotoluxe  Clean, contemporary look and style to the world that is also environmentally friendly. They use low watt CFL/LED lighting to give off the signature Rotoluxe ambient glow.

We would like to hear from you about your outdoor lighting or lighting design questions. Please let us know what you think. If you like this article, please share it with your family and friends to make their lighting design better and safer.


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  1. Thanks for sharing. I think outside lighting is a great way to highlight our favorite plants, illuminate pathways, create impressive shadows, make the premises secure and create a subtle picturesque view.

  2. These pictures are absolutely stunning!!! I can’t get over how inviting the entire scene looks. I honestly and truthfully have a new “dream exterior” in mind now for our new home. Thank you for sharing all these tips!

    • Nikki, I am so, so happy to be able to inspire with this post and just wanted to thank you for reading and commenting. Any time I can help with any questions, please let me know.

  3. I never imagined that wonderful creations, such as these truly existed! I love the outdoor accent or the mood lighting. It’s really romantic and functional. Very gorgeous! Round planter is also great. Besides, it is eco-friendly. Home owners and business owners should consider lighting that are is environment friendly. I’ll tell my friend about this, I’m sure he will love the site because he is also planning to have his new house early next year. Thanks for the information and more power!

  4. This is an insightful article. I agree on the importance of safety for choosing any lighting. The key idea of light is to provide safety after all. At parties however, most just get carried away of choosing lighting that will complement the atmosphere of the party without giving value to safety. I have a friend who hosted a party which turned into a worst nightmare. He held a Halloween party at his home and he chose lighting which were inspired by pumpkin but doesn’t really produce that much light. The worst part is, it was placed on the stairs that most people ended up tripping. It was just too dark and the lighting were all over the place. I’ll make sure to send him link on this one so that next time, he can choose the right lighting for his outdoor parties!

  5. Wow! This info is very useful!
    My experience with outdoor lighting is really awesome! My wife was so amazed and pleased when we have it, just in time for her birthday party celebration. Outdoor lighting gave us new perspectives on how to make our outdoor experience fun and memorable. I love the LED Step Light by CSL Lighting it is very beautiful and functional, providing safety and ambience for any outdoor experience.
    When you got the perfect food and wine, these lightings makes the party even more memorable and special. I never thought it could create impact, our guests couldn’t stop talking about it.

  6. I was really amazed by these fabulous lighting designs. Outdoor lighting is truly essential not only to make your patio/lawn, yard look beautiful but it is also very vital for security. Thank you for the ideas/suggestions about these large varieties of lighting available. It could be rustic, modern, traditional or contemporary and each will make your house glow beautifully in the night.

  7. I never thought that outdoors lights can be ornamental too. For me its purpose is to provide security/safety. Thanks for sharing this information.

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