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We use lights for almost everything. It brightens up our homes, our businesses, or peripherals and has become one of the staples of decoration.

But what kind of effects can be achieved with the many different kinds of lighting setups available for a yard, patio or big event? This will provide a few creative ways to produce a particular desired effect.

Lighting Up Water

A fountain, pond or pool is a terrific way to illuminate your patio or event as a secondary or tertiary source of light. It creates atmosphere more than it satisfies the need to see.

A light underneath water creates a neat effect. The translucence of the water refracts and scatters the light as it comes to the surface of the water, creating a wavy ripple effect.

This kind of light can satisfy a desired mood of exclusivity, elegance, mystery or a romantic evening.


Integrating spotlights into the ground of your landscape or event creates a unique mood as well. Spotlights are sometimes placed on the landscape at equidistant intervals to serve as markers or to highlight shrubbery and flora.

In other situations, spotlights may be placed in the ground around the perimeter of an object, bathing it in light. This is most commonly seen with statues, trees or yard sculptures.

This not only creates a focal point, but a presentation or illusion because as the light comes up from underneath, it becomes increasingly more faint.

What this does is shroud the object in mystery, create shadow, depth and leave some parts of it to the imagination. Spotlights can also be placed inside planters and hidden from view, so as to conceal the source of light. Not having the spotlight in direct view enhances the desired effect.


Bulbs And Diodes

Depending on the size and number of the bulbs used, they can be used as a primary or supplemental light source. If enough bright bulbs are used, it can create very thorough soft lighting.

Many people choose to use bulbs to hang around the perimeter of a patio overhang or even hang down from an object in strands, giving the appearance of something like icicles.

This works well in more elegant events like weddings, anniversaries or galas. Diodes are a terrific way to “polish” your lighting. They’re small strips of LED lights that are designed to adhere underneath counter tops, cabinets, and behind things like stereos or televisions.

Diodes often have the option to cycle through a whole library of colors, fading from one color to the next. This is valuable in a multitude of outdoor events, or simply if you’re entertaining in the backyard.

Using the correct form of lighting can put the perfect ambiance over the whole night, so experiment. If you struggle with finding the perfect balance of exterior lighting, an outdoor lighting professional in Atlanta may be able to give you some guidance. Contact NightVision Outdoor Lighting today!