31 Oct Landscape Lighting 101

Alderwood Landscape experts explain how to put your property in the best light after the sun goes down.


You’ve pulled out all the stops to make your backyard an outdoor resort. Why let all that hard work disappear when night falls? With a flick of a switch (special lighting timer) and some strategically placed landscape lights, you can roll back the darkness. Landscape lighting highlights your home’s architectural features and draws attention to prized plantings and trees.

Alderwood Landscape lighting experts combine accent lighting such as spotlights, strip lights, and water-feature lighting with task lights for security or safety.

The first step in this transformation is to educate yourself about the possibilities by reviewing the different types of lighting options as explained by Alderwood below.

Top 5 Landscape Lighting Design Tips:


  1. Trees: well, bullet, or flood, and downlight lighting. When aiming ground lights straight up into foliage, we aim to also bathe the trunk in light. If you don’t, the uplit crown will look like a hovering UFO. When illuminating foliage from above, we sometimes place two downlights as high in a tree as possible and point them so that their beams do not cross.

  3. Planting Beds: garden lighting. You want pools of light to guide your eye from one plant to the next, not continuous illumination.

  5. Home Facade: bullet and wash lighting. Fit bullet lights with bulbs that have 12-degree beam spreads, and aim them at the corners of your house or architectural details; softer wash lights can fill in the space between them.

  7. Garden Walls: well, bullet, or flood lighting. Position fixtures close to the base so that the beams bring textures into sharp relief.

  9. Focal Points: flood, bullet, or wash lighting. Highlight an element that deserves attention—such as a fountain, a tree swing, or an arbor—by aiming two or more lights at it. The crossing beams reduce the harsh shadows that form when only one shines on an object.


More than just picking the right hardware, a complimentary lighting scheme is about artistry.

Consult an Alderwood Landscape Lighting Expert today (866) 453-1253.