How To Enjoy Your Yard After Dark with Landscape Lighting

Oct 19, 2022 11:35:14 AM

There are a lot of benefits to adding landscape lighting to an otherwise dark landscape. If these are areas of your Memphis property that you’d like to actually be able to use in the evening hours, then functionality is a big one.

The right lighting can literally be the difference between using your outdoor areas to the fullest…or leaving them in the dark.

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Here are some ways that you’ll be able to enjoy your yard more fully after dark with landscape lighting.

Add Landscape Lighting to Cook Outdoors

Whether you have a complete outdoor kitchen or just a grilling area, you want to be able to see what you’re doing when you’re cooking. After all, you’re dealing with a flame and potentially dangerous cooking utensils.

Plus, you need to be able to see well enough to ensure that your food is actually cooked.

For these reasons, this is an area where lighting is critical.
In fact, one of the first things that homeowners realize after adding an outdoor cooking space is that they need better lighting. Without it, they end up fumbling around or making potential errors. Or, just as bad, they don’t end up using their kitchen area to the fullest because it’s not highly functional.

Great lighting in an outdoor kitchen can truly make that space more enjoyable and usable.

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Incorporate Garden Landscape Lighting to Dine Al Fresco

You’ll also want to be able to enjoy your meal outdoors. Maybe you have the perfect little garden spot where you’ve set up a table to enjoy eating outside. But if it’s not properly lit, those meals may be less than enjoyable.

“Properly lit,” really does mean paying attention to the right amount of lighting as too many lights (or lights that are too bright) can ruin the ambiance of the dining experience. You don’t want lights shining in your and your guests’ faces.

But you do want enough lighting that you can see what you’re eating (and also see one another’s faces as you talk).

If you do have a beautiful area, like a garden, then you’ll also want garden lighting that illuminates the landscape enough to be enjoyed in the evening hours.

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Add Lighting to Other Entertainment Spots for Maximum Enjoyment

If you have other hang-out spots such as a fire pit or fireplace area, you’ll want the right lighting for these spots, too. Lighting for an outdoor fire feature is really about the space around the fire feature.

The fire feature itself will obviously cast its own light but you want the areas where 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.

Similarly, in other hang-out spots where you lounge or spend time, you’ll want to figure out the right lighting. It can make a big difference in how much you are able to enjoy these areas.
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At the end of the day, it really does boil down to spending more time in these areas. A dark landscape simply can’t be enjoyed the way you want in the evening hours. You need the right landscape lighting to be able to maximize time outside.

And as we mentioned earlier, it’s not like any lighting will do. You want lighting that is customized to the areas that you spend time in. Certain areas will need more light than others, depending on what you plan to do.

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This is why it’s so important to work with a landscape lighting professional who will customize a design for your specific needs.

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.

These are just a few ways that we know Memphis homeowners use their landscape. But we’ll create a lighting scheme for your exact property. Whatever your landscape lighting needs may be, we’re here to help.

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.

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