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Updated on March 3, 2016
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Deborah lives in Orange County, California and often writes about the lifestyle and places of interest in Southern California.

Landscape Lighting Can Transform Your Yard

Party lights are the perfect way to enhance your outdoor wedding or turn your backyard into your own slice of paradise!
Party lights are the perfect way to enhance your outdoor wedding or turn your backyard into your own slice of paradise! | Source

Do-It-Yourself Outdoor Lighting

As residents of Southern California, my husband and I love to have friends over almost any month of the year. There is nothing like an evening spent on our back patio, barbecuing, making s'mores in our backyard fire pit and relaxing until late in the evening. In addition to the parties we host, many of our friends also frequently entertain outdoors. Without the proper outdoor lighting, it would be impossible for any of us to enjoy these activities once the sun goes down.

Outdoor lighting tends to fall into two groups. The most visible and memorable lights are the party lanterns that you string up in the trees, around your patio umbrella or along the edge of your backyard fence. These come in a variety of colors and styles and will help create the right atmosphere for your celebration.

The other type of lighting is less memorable but is even more important. This is the subtle landscape lighting that you can either have on a switch or set up with a timer so they will come on after dark the year around.

As you go through this article, you will find some examples of both the landscape lighting and party lanterns that you will need in order to fully enjoy entertaining in your backyard, even on the darkest night of the year. All of the items featured here can be purchased online and installed by yourself, without the need to hire an electrician unless you need to have some outdoor outlets or extra circuits installed. In this way you can use your own creativity to turn even the most ordinary backyard into a magical place to entertain at night.

Colorful Party Lanterns Will Make Your Event Even More Fun

Fiesta Paper Lantern Value Pack Party Accessory (6-Pack)
Fiesta Paper Lantern Value Pack Party Accessory (6-Pack)

These colorful party lanterns can brighten up any backyard for a special event. The lanterns are also available in plain white for weddings and in other color combinations, as well.

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Party Lights Can Be Combined With General Landscape Lighting

In planning your backyard illumination, you need to remember that party lanterns are not usually bright enough to satisfy all your lighting needs. They set the mood, but they will not completely brighten your yard, especially on a moonless night. Think of party lanterns as the icing on the cake. While they are decorative and fun, you still need to have something more substantial underneath in order to be completely satisfied with the effect.

As a result, it is smart for anyone who entertains in their backyard after dark to put together a complete lighting plan that would eliminate any dark corners, without having bright lights bearing down on anyone.

Landscape Lighting

There are several different ways you can illuminate your yard. Most homes already have a wall light near the backdoor. However, although they light up the area near the door, they usually do not brighten the space that is over about ten to twelve feet away. For that you need to provide lamps of some type that will brighten the edges of your yard.

One way to do this is to set up strings of Malibu lights. There are two types: those that plug into an outdoor outlet and those that are solar powered. Solar powered Malibu lights have improved dramatically in the past few years. However, they still have their limitations. They are not as bright at electric powered lights and they need to be in direct sunlight for most of the day if they are going to come on after dark. In addition, if you want your backyard lights to stay on until late at night, you may be disappointed with solar powered lights. One advantage they have is that they are easy to install. Essentially, you simply have to stick them in the yard wherever you want them. My husband and I use solar powered Malibu lights along the poorly lit walkway in front of our house.

The other type of lighting is the kind that is plugged into an outdoor outlet. There are several types of Malibu lights, floodlights and spotlights that you can easily stick into the ground, gently bury the wire and then plug them in. In a few minutes you have lit up your yard. I love using timers with these types of lights so that they come on every evening.

You can also string white Christmas lights along the edge of a fence, or put them in a tree, and leave them up the year around to provide landscape lighting whenever you want. We have a tree with low hanging branches and we worry that people will accidentally hit their head on it when they are visiting. Therefore, we leave white LED Christmas lights on it all the time.

If you want to read more about any of the light sets from Amazon mentioned in this article, simply click on the blue product name for that item and you will be taken to its Amazon homepage, where you can see the price, read customer reviews, etc.

Shown below are some of my favorite easy to install types of landscape lighting that you can order from

Light Your Yard Up the Year Around - Not Just on a Special Occasion

Brinkmann 828-0301-6 4 Coach and 2 Spotlight LED Low Voltage Kit
Brinkmann 828-0301-6 4 Coach and 2 Spotlight LED Low Voltage Kit

This set has four Coach lights (or Malibu lights) to set up along a pathway or in your flower beds. In addition, it comes with two spotlights that allow you to light up a pretty tree or other backyard feature. Plugs into the wall.


More Party Lanterns for Special Occasions

Once you have your basic landscape lighting set up, it will not be difficult to create the mood you want with a few strings of party lanterns. These low voltage lights are rarely bright enough to meet all your outdoor lighting needs. However, if your yard is already well illuminated, they are a fun way to give your party the feeling that your guests are celebrating a really special occasion. If you have done a good job on your basic lighting, then it will not take more than two or three strings of party lanterns to finish off the effect.

You do need to make sure that you carefully read the descriptions of any party lanterns that you buy. Sometimes they are just the paper globes that are meant to be used to decorate strings of lights that you already own. This can mean that you not only have to purchase the paper globes, but you may also have to purchase the right type of string lighting to complete the project. I prefer to buy sets that are already complete, with everything to need.

The advantage of party lights is that you can purchase them in different themes .. from graduation to weddings and birthday parties. This gives you a lot of flexibility in your backyard decorating.

Solar Powered Lights are a Practical Solution in Many Yards that Get Plenty of Light During the Day

Ideaworks JB5629 Solar-Powered LED Accent Light, Set of 8
Ideaworks JB5629 Solar-Powered LED Accent Light, Set of 8

If you get plenty of sunlight in your yard during the day, and you don't need to have lights late at night, then the easy to install solar-power lights may be the perfect solution for you. These are perfect if you want to illuminate an area that does not have an outdoor outlet. I use them and love them.


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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Outdoor lights are important for fall, too, when kids come trick-or-treating and when people have holiday dinner parties!

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      @WriterJanis2: This is the perfect time of year for them, too!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      These add such a pretty touch to the yard.