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Light Up Your Yard: Guide to Pathway Lighting Options

The path to your home is an important one, from boosting your curb appeal to impressing your guests, what better way to upgrade your exterior than with pathway lighting? And its not just about creating the right aesthetic, pathway lights can also improve the safety and usability of your outdoor areas when the sun goes down.

You can choose from a range of path lighting options, from low-voltage to solar lights, as well as built-in and freestanding lights. Are you ready to light up your exterior? Use the following guide to choose the right pathway lighting for your home.

pathway bollard lights at night

Inground Lights

Inground lights are circle-shaped fixtures that can be installed right into the ground, so they are less likely to get damaged from regular activity or theft. This also means you do not have to worry about your lights sticking up from the ground, which can create a tripping hazard if they are not seen by others. Inground lights are a popular option for many homes and businesses.

Benefits of Inground Lights:
  • Less likely to be damaged.
  • Illuminates people and objects.
  • Adds a dramatic vibe to your exterior.
  • Available in various finishes.
  • Available in open-face or grated style.

Inground lights are also known as Inground Deck Lights or Step Lights

Bollard Lights

Shaped like pillars, garden bollard lights are ideal for wide pathways and open spaces. They are above-ground lights, so it is best to space them about 2.5 m to 4 m apart to avoid overdoing the brightness. Bollards come with LEDs, making it easier to save energy and lower your electricity bills. These lights quickly brighten your pathway and driveway to increase safety.

Benefits of Bollard Lights:
  • Energy-efficient option.
  • Increases nighttime safety.
  • Easy to install.
  • Low-maintenance lighting.
  • Quickly brightens your exterior.

String Lights

Also known as fairy lights, string lights do more than just light your pathway. They also create a beautiful, festive atmosphere right in your yard. You can plug your string lights into an outlet, allowing you to turn them on and off as needed. They run on 240-volt power to ensure they last for a while. String lights are easy to install, especially if you are hanging them on an existing structure.

Benefits of String Lights:
  • Creates a festive atmosphere.
  • Hangs above to brighten your pathway.
  • Plugs right into an outlet.
  • Easy to install on structures.
  • Available in LEDs to save energy.

Sensor Lights

In the age of smart technology, security sensor lights are taking many homes and businesses by storm. These brilliant fixtures are not just for interiors, but they can be placed along your exterior pathway as well. The lights automatically turn on when it gets dark and whenever there is activity on your property, creating a safer environment. These fixtures also save energy because they only turn on when activity is detected.

Benefits of Sensor Lights:
  • Increases nighttime safety.
  • Energy-efficient option.
  • Easy to install.
  • Brightens various areas.
  • Easy to clean

We recommend choosing LED sensor lights

Solar Lights

On a list that includes eco-friendly lighting, you cannot forget about the popular solar lights. Solar lights are easy to install because they do not require any wires or outlets. All you need to do is stick them into the ground, but they do need to be spaced out and in a spot that sees ample sunlight. These fixtures convert sunlight into electricity, which is stored in the rechargeable batteries until nighttime. Solar lights are great for increasing nighttime security without increasing your bills.

Benefits of Solar Lights:
  • Eco-friendly solution.
  • Converts sunlight into electricity.
  • Easy to install.
  • Maintenance-free lighting.
  • Perfect for most areas.

Garden Lights

Outdoor lights can also be used to light your pathway, as well as other areas of your landscape. They emit light in all directions to brighten up the entire space. These fixtures increase nighttime safety, and they keep others from unintentionally stepping on your greenery. In fact, garden lights are great for illuminating your beautiful landscape. Additionally, most people can install garden lights without previous electrical experience.

Benefits of Garden Lights:
  • Hides bulbs in canopies.
  • Brightens various areas.
  • Protects your greenery.
  • Easy to install.
  • Easy to clean.

Flush Lights

Flush lights are another form of inground lights, and they are usually installed during construction because they are mounted into the pathway. They can also be used on outdoor steps or an adjoining wall. Flush lights are subtle fixtures, but they work for lighting up your exterior. Use flush lights to brighten your pathway, driveway, and steps for aesthetic and safety purposes.

Benefits of Flush Lights:
  • Brightens up your exterior.
  • Mounted into the pathway.
  • Also mounted on steps and walls.
  • Creates subtle but effective lighting.
  • Can be installed during construction.
As you can see, there are several types of inground and above-ground lighting options to consider for your pathway. Whether you want to save energy with LED bollard lights, create a festive atmosphere with string lights, or keep it subtle with flush lights, you are sure to find the right fixtures for your yard.

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