12 Incredible Summer Landscape Lighting Ideas

Landscape lighting can in a great way make your outdoor areas quite beautiful and functional depending on the kind of lighting used. You can set the summer moods by creating a breathtaking  landscape lighting design for your backyard and home. There are quite a variety of designs one can choose from for a more eclectic landscape lighting. For a more appealing and glowing landscape lighting, use of functional decorative fixtures should be considered alongside other tips for that incredible summer landscape lighting that leaves you with adequate lighting for any kind of outdoor activity you may desire to engage in during the season.

However, the primary goals of most landscape lighting is to provide additional light to the outdoors at night and to also draw attention to a particular section of an outdoor space. Landscape lighting can be purely for functional purposes and can also be used to add a little pizzazz and flavor to your outdoor landscape. After reading this list of 12 incredible summer landscape lighting ideas you’ll be ready to get out there and design a top notch landscape design for your backyard and home.

1 Mark Parameter Lights


Mark parameters are outdoor lighting devices that serve a functional purpose. These lights are placed at keypoints of the yard in order to provide good lighting for people trying to enter and exit the home at night. Mark parameters can also be used to accent a specific outdoor piece or flowers, so that visitors eyes are immediately drawn to the parameter and thus whatever is near it.

2 Pot Lights


Looking for the perfect lights to make your plants and entire landscape pop? Well check out these high quality pot lights. These lights are amazing because they radiate high level outdoor light, while also providing the perfect pot to hold outdoor plants and flowers. You could place these amazing pots anywhere in your yard, but that would be pretty awesome lining the side of your walkway or any place in your backyard.


3 The Glowing Outdoor Pool


The glowing outdoor pool is a great way to add futuristic lighting to your backyard. This landscape lighting technique employs a variety of different type of lamps. There is lighting provided within the upper inside pool wall. There are also lights artfully placed on the outside edge of the pool, as well as additional lights within the grass create a three ring light show that is sure to please. The use of blue lights creates awesome nighttime underwater ambiance that you can enjoy while taking a nightime swim.

4 Outdoor Bar Lighting


Looking to make your outdoor bar nighttime friendly? Well look no further than tastefully placed outdoor lights for your bar area. In the above example under-hanging lamps are employed to provide ample outdoor lighting that’s not too evasive. This is because under-hanging lamps can provide all of the light you need without all of the extra strength lighting that comes from overhead hanging lights.

5 Christmas Lights


Gold hanging light strands aren’t just for Christmas anymore! Did you know that Christmas lights make great light landscaping tools all year around? Hang them up on the trees in your backyard, or around the frames of your outdoor furniture. The are other types of hanging light strands that you can utilize beyond just the traditional Christmas light. In the example above the hanging light strands use large round light bulbs to create beautiful landscape lighting.

6 Pergola Lighting


Spruce up that backyard pergola with artfully placed landscape lighting. Wrap Christmas lights around the entire pergola. Or selectively install individual lights to surround the pergola so that it will light up at night. Even better you could use outdoor lighting to illuminate the walkway to the pergola in order to create a dramatic effect.

7 Stairway Lighting


Make the trip into your home a little safer with outdoor stairway lighting. Stairway lighting can be installed in a variety of forms, but the main goal is to properly light the stairs that are taken to enter your home. Install circle lights into your actual stairs, or on the sides of your stair walkway for an illuminating effect on the pathway into your home.

8 Nighttime Waterfall Lighting


Make the outdoor water installation at your home a little more fancy with some perfect outdoor lighting. Multiple types of lighting can be used to accent a outdoor waterfall. In the above example lights are installed both in the water and also in the foliage for maximum landscape lighting. This style of landscape lighting is amazing because it takes advantage of the different types of lighting options that are available for use.

9 Hanging Tree Lamps



This style of outdoor lighting uses classic outdoor lamps in an exciting new way. This type of lamp is typically used for camping and other outdoor activities. However, it gains a new purpose by being hanged directly on outdoor tree branches. The effect is impressive illuminating light that draws attention to your trees and provides the perfect ambiance for nighttime entertaining.

10 Glowing Orbs


This futuristic lighting effect will make your landscape the envy of all of your neighbors. These glowing orbs radiate almost alien-like light in a variety of colors. The orbs are essentially large glowing light bulbs that can be placed practically anywhere in your backyard. Though the lighting that the orbs provide isn’t as strong as traditional lights, the beautiful color effect of the orbs is both a unique and viable outdoor lighting option.


# 11 Outdoor Sculpture Lights


Outdoor sculpture lights are the perfect landscape lighting option for the art enthusiast. This type of landscape lighting serves the double role of being both outdoor sculpture art, that also provides impressive lighting. In this day and age outdoor sculptures are being created in a variety of styles. The above example uses large geometric shapes lit up in bright colors to create an outdoor artistic light show experience.

12. The Glowing Outdoor Lamp

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This lamp provides the ultimate amount of outdoor light possible. Unlike traditional lamps that only emit light from a light bulb, a glowing outdoor lamp provides all of the light your landscape could need. That’s because every part of this lamp provides beautiful illuminated light. The entire body of this lamp provides your landscape with high resolution lighting that is perfect for enjoy your backyard at night.

Hopefully, our list of top 12 incredible summer landscape lighting ideas has given you the inspiration you need to illuminate your residential space. Remember that there is a style of lighting that can meet all of your landscape needs. Whether you want to draw attention to a certain area of your backyard, or need lighting to guide visitors down the pathway into your home, our list has something for everyone.