The long, hot days of summer are finally here. There’s nothing like enjoying your yard and landscape on a summer evening. However, if your outdoor space seems dark and uninviting, it’s time to rethink your landscape lighting this summer.

When you implement the right landscape lighting, you can quickly expand your outdoor living area and continue enjoying the outdoors even after the sun goes down. Are you unsure how to get started? If so, don’t worry.

Here you can find some of the best ideas to light up your summer evenings.

Pathway Lighting

Do you have an outdoor seating area that’s located away from your main house? Or do you have a whimsical garden path winding through your yard? If so, pathway lighting would be a great addition to the space.

These accent lights can help illuminate the path you should take to get back to your house while offering a certain safety measure thanks to the subtle light they produce. There are several pathway lighting fixtures and styles to choose from, which means you can find something that perfectly fits the rest of your summer landscape lighting design.


Are you looking for a more permanent landscape lighting solution? If so, uplights may be just what you are looking for. With these lights, you can highlight any architectural focal points, such as a fountain or statue, and create a dramatic feel for the entire outdoor area. In most situations, this lighting style is put at the base of the house and directed upward (hence the name) to illuminate the façade of your home. You can also install them around your trees for an indirect and soft source of lighting.

Recessed Lighting

Do you have hardscape structures in your yard, such as terrace steps, planters, or retaining walls? If so, these are the perfect areas to install subtle recessed lighting. You can put smaller lights under the ledges of steps, which will provide an unobtrusive lighting solution that helps improve visibility and safety.

Adjustable, circular lights can also be installed in your stone or brick walls. You’ll find the possibilities are virtually endless, and when you use recessed lighting options, the fixtures will blend in seamlessly with your current structures.

Seek Professional Assistance

When it comes to landscape lighting this summer, there are several factors you must consider. If you aren’t sure where to install the lights or how to install them, it is time to contact the professionals for help.

For example, our team at The IDL Company can evaluate your space and help you determine the right lighting elements for your outside area. Along with creating a landscape lighting plan, we can handle the installation and ongoing maintenance. To get started, contact our team.