Putting some smart light dimmers in street-facing rooms or installing smart shades lets you control them all via app while you’re away. Put them on a random schedule to make it look like someone's always home.
Glass solar string lights can be stunning in the canopy of trees, above an arbor, or hanging from a porch or deck. The Aurora Glow light set, by Allsop Home & Garden, is made of hand-blown glass that is illuminated at dusk.
The courtyard and infinity edge pool offer a private outdoor oasis for friends and family to enjoy. Exterior lighting and cool blue lighting in the pool allow the space to be enjoyed well into the night.
To make it snow with lights, route an extension cord up the tree and hang strands of lights from the canopy of the tree. Each snowfall is created from a single strand of lights that come from the center of the tree like spokes on a wheel.
How does the space look when it’s dark outside? Brad Groff of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania’s River Valley Landscapes says to include just enough light to safely get from point A to point B, then highlight certain features — such as small trees — with vertical lighting. Fixtures that conceal the bulb are best.
This elaborate landscape design features a stone walkway and pond with ample outdoor lighting. Large stone boulders line the perimeter of the space with multiple seating areas, including a bar under the wood pergola and lower level with a cozy fire pit.
Add a shine to your porch or patio with copper lighting. To get this look on a budget, you can take copper buckets, tubs or big bowls, which you can find new for less than $50, and drill a hole in the bottom, says designer Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta. Add a light kit, which are sold from $5-$20, depending on the finish, and you have one-of-a-kind outdoor lighting.
Strands of outdoor lights cross over the pool in this traditional backyard, giving the space an ethereal quality and inviting nights of outdoor entertaining. A cozy conversation area includes plush seating and a table that does double-duty for dining or cocktails.
That cute inflatable snowman greeting neighbors from the front lawn can easily become a dangerous projectile if you don't follow the manufacturer's instructions for securing it, says Ken Katz, a property director for Travelers Insurance. It's best to shut off the fan blowers when it's windy, when you're not going to be home for long periods, or at bedtime, he says.
A wood pergola adds warmth and cover over the concrete floor and cement brick wall of this patio space. The wood matches the fence lining the perimeter of the yard. Outdoor lighting illuminates the bright, white exterior making it pop agains the natural surroundings and wood details.