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Lightscaping Techniques for Outdoor Entertaining


Summer is a great time to enjoy hours of fun and entertainment in your outdoor space. Whether you’re having guests over for a barbecue or relaxing on your deck after a long day, the right types of outdoor lighting will make the experience even more pleasant for you and your guests as day turns to night.

DIY Outdoor Lighting

There are some simple DIY lighting techniques that you can implement to bring warmth and necessary illumination to your outdoor entertaining area:

  • Solar lighting - Easy to install, these lights need only the sun for energy to outline gardens, mark paths, or highlight shrubbery when it gets dark.
  • String lights- These delicate lights are easy to string across deck rails or roof edges and they add a soft, inviting glow for nighttime entertainment.
  • Tiki torches- Lighting the way from the porch to the swimming pool or fire pit using tiki torches is a great way to guide guests safely and with a tropical ambiance to these extra areas in your yard.
  • Floating candles- These little additions will bring a romantic, inviting touch to your pool and lounging area for gatherings around the water.
  • Silk lanterns-Want to add a bit of sophisticated culture to your outdoor space? Try hanging silk lanterns above eating areas and along the pool house or gazebo.

Landscape, Hardscape, and Deck Lighting

In addition to the many DIY lighting options for your outdoor space, there are also some more permanent lighting additions that can really make a property gorgeous at night.

Landscape Lighting

In-ground, low-voltage or LED lights are perfect for illuminating walking paths and landscape edges or accentuating specific features such as trees or special shrubbery.

Hardscape Lighting

Do you have a stunning water feature, a retaining wall, or stone steps you’d like to illuminate? Hardscape lighting will not only draw attention to these areas, but also make them safe to navigate at night.

Deck Lighting

If you’re using the deck at night, proper lighting is essential, and it creates a relaxing atmosphere for everyone. Two of the most important types of deck lighting are stair lights and post cap lights. Stair lights add a thoughtful touch, help give warmth to the outdoor atmosphere, and allow guests to safely travel on to and off of the deck.

Installing deck post cap lights is another great way to extend the fun of your outdoor area after the sun goes down. With a cap light on each post, the majority of the deck space is well-lit with just the right amount of soft light for a night of fun with friends or a quiet retreat after the hustle of a hectic day.

Imagine the beauty and fun that outdoor lightscaping can bring to your Pittsburgh area property! Peters Electric has specialized in custom indoor and outdoor lighting for over 45 years, so if you’re ready to make your outdoor area shine, call Peters Electric and let our expert Pittsburgh electricians take care of the installation process from start to finish!

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