3 Outdoor Fireplace Lighting Ideas to Brighten Your Space
Sep 19, 2022 1:20:24 PM
Fire features can add warmth and ambiance to an outdoor living space that will never go out of style!
If you’re thinking about adding an outdoor fireplace (or perhaps you already have one), you might be thinking about the right outdoor fireplace lighting that you’ll need to enjoy this spot to the fullest.
In this article, we’ve rounded up some outdoor fireplace lighting ideas that you may want to consider for your Memphis home.
1. Remember It’s About the Space Around the Fireplace
Lighting for an outdoor fireplace (or a fire pit for that matter) is really about the space around the fire feature.
The fire feature itself will obviously cast its own light but you want the areas that you’ll be sitting near the fire to be well lit so that you can enjoy them and also navigate them safely. The key to successful outdoor fireplace lighting is all about choosing the best location for your lights.
After all, whether you look forward to having a glass of wine by the fire or you’re roasting s’mores with the kids, you want to be able to see what you’re doing. This will help you enjoy the space to the fullest.
Typically, around fire features, built-in hardscape lighting, wall lighting, and downlighting work best.
For instance, if you have a retaining wall near your fire feature, this can be a great place to add built-in hardscape lighting that will add just enough light for everyone to see what they’re doing in the space. Perhaps there are steps that lead down to a fire feature area. You might also consider adding built-in step lights.
Or, if there are some nearby trees, it might make sense to create some downlighting effects over the area. Downlights are a great way to subtly light up an area with the light shining from overhead.
Every space is unique and creating the best lighting design will come down to the specifics of your property.
3. Keep the “Mood” in Mind with Outdoor Fireplace Lighting
Of course, with any lighting choice, you want to make sure that you are keeping the “mood” of the space in mind. This means choosing the right amount of light. In other words, it’s not just the number of fixtures that matters but also the level of brightness.
This is important as a fireplace area is typically all about the ambiance. You likely want to create a space where you can relax and unwind. For that reason, you don’t want bright lights overpowering your space or taking away from that ambiance.
With outdoor lighting, less is often more. We’ve said that before in other blog articles and it certainly rings true with outdoor fireplace lighting. It’s quite important that you (or your landscape lighting professional) does not take away from the “mood” of the space by overdoing the lighting.
Get the Most out of Your Fireplace with the Right Lighting
One of the biggest benefits of outdoor lighting in general is that it allows Memphis homeowners to enjoy their outdoor spaces to the fullest. It’s no different with lighting for an outdoor fireplace. When these areas are well-lit, they can be fully and safely enjoyed.
Plus, as we’ve mentioned, when they’re lit properly it won’t take away from the ambiance but rather add to it.
While you might think that any landscape lighting professional would be able to create a lighting scheme that benefits your space, this is unfortunately not the case. Not all landscape lighting “pros” are so detail-oriented…or comitted to creating custom designs. If you’ve ever been in an outdoor space where the lighting is distracting, annoying, or just downright poorly done, you know what we mean.
But when it comes to getting the most out of your Memphis property, it’s important that you’re not working with a landscape lighting company that creates a design that falls short.
At Mid South Night Lights, we take outdoor lighting seriously as we know it’s critical to your enjoyment and use of your outdoor spaces. It not only adds aesthetic appeal but it makes these spaces functional.
If you are looking for more outdoor fireplace lighting ideas then we’re here to help. At the end of the day, we want your outdoor lighting design to be everything that you dreamed it would be.
Are you ready to create a secure, functional, and beautiful property at any hour of the day? If so, let’s meet and discuss some bright ideas.