Lighting Tips for Gardens and Outdoor Areas

Lighting in outdoor areas, such as facades and gardens, can give the environment a different look. And it’s to help you in this mission that Hometeka has brought together the best lighting tips and products.

Exterior lights should fulfill their fundamental function-to illuminate an environment-but still stylize and enhance the decoration of gardens, corridors, garages and facades in general.

The external lighting will demand different results from the lights than on the internal according to Everhomedecor. The positioning and protection of the lights are more important in these environments to prevent intense glare that generates glare.

Light flashes through large or strong light sources. His action is totally uncomfortable and tends to “blind” those who have contact with him, since it reflects directly in the human eyes.

The investment in lighting in the exterior environment of a house or building may be smaller than in the interior. This is justified by the fact that our eyes need less light in open places to see light in the shadows and patterns than indoors.

Outdoor lighting should be sensitive when driving indirect light. This type of light will illuminate the surfaces surrounding it subtly. The direct light will redirect itself to the object to which it is directed and will illuminate a little of what is around.


Some principles of lighting are valid during day and night, such as light intensity and color.

About the variety of colors we have the incandescent, halogen, fluorescent and LED lamps.

Incandescent lamps emit nice lights, but they consume a lot of energy and have a short shelf life.

Halogen are more efficient versions of the previous one, since they have longer duration and spend less energy.

Fluorescent lamps consume little energy and are available in a more pleasing range of colors.

Lastly, LEDs have a long lifetime and consume very little energy, but their benefits are rewarded at the highest price.

In general, illumination can also be divided into three main functions: the total, to illuminate an entire environment or space, the work, with the light used for a specific purpose, and the highlight, which draws attention to an object or area.

Positioning Of Lighting

To plan the lighting scheme for gardens and outdoor areas it is crucial that you go for a walk around the place at night.From this you can see which spots call for the presence of light and you can also predict how and when you want to use those spaces.

Light sources can be placed anywhere, but there are spaces that have an absolute need for lighting:

Corridors and paths: these are places that need to be well lit in a warm and safe way. However, intense lighting is not required.

Inputs: One suggestion is to insert points of light on both door faces (front and back) and also on its sides.

Entry for cars and garages: a great option are low voltage lights for such environments.

Stairs and steps: these spaces should be illuminated for safety, as well as the aisles mentioned above.

Decks and Backyards: Lighting can focus on specific task locations, such as cooking areas, seating areas, and grids.Backlit lighting can be used to illuminate the environment indirectly. Learn how to set up a deck in your home or project.

Gardens: illuminating the plants brings a great differential to a garden. Try to create a play of light and shadows between the elements, which will renew the atmosphere of the environment, resulting in silhouettes projected on other materials. Use low voltage bulbs.

Pool and water: Pool lighting is almost mandatory. One type of lighting used is externally located projectors, which provide safety because there is no power conduction in the water. There is also in the pool itself the only decorative lighting function such as fiber optics and LEDs that can change color, and spots to illuminate internally. Lighting up and down through the running water produces a fascinating effect.

Architectural elements: Points of light can highlight much more than specific objects and areas. The lighting can be directed to highlight details of the architecture of a house, such as walls, plants and vegetation, coverings, grids, among others. This lighting creates interesting shadows and highlights that complement the design and décor.


After planning the external lighting scheme of your project, put it into practice using products such as spots, wall lamps, washers, chandeliers, pendants, among others. Make sure that the chosen material is classified as suitable for wet locations.