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5 Creative Design Ideas for Outdoor Lighting

Achieve a magical look in your yard with these nightscaping suggestions

With the right touch, path lights bring the most charming features of your yard into view, creating a late-night dreamscape. Here are a few bright ideas:

These ethereal globes don't throw a lot of light, but they do signal a change in elevation in a very bewitching way.

Shown: Land Mount NightOrb, about $400; nightorbs.com

<p><strong>A clever twist</strong><br> From their perch above the stairs, these lamps reveal the path <em>and</em> the beauty of the landscape</p> <p><strong>Similar to shown:</strong> Cast Lighting's CCH1CB Small China Hat Light, about $190; <a href="http://www.cast-lighting.com/" target="_blank">cast-lighting.com</a></p> <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "hisldousent-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amz

A clever twist
From their perch above the stairs, these lamps reveal the path and the beauty of the landscape

Similar to shown: Cast Lighting's CCH1CB Small China Hat Light, about $190; cast-lighting.com

Photo by Rob Cardillo
<p>Instead of showcasing the property's concrete work, the fixtures in this layout let the lush greenery beside the walk lead the way.</p> <p><strong>Shown:</strong> Kichler 15871 Tannery Bronze Hammered Roof Light, about $145; <a href="http://www.lightingdirect.com/" target="_blank">lightingdirect.com</a></p> <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "hisldousent-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_ty

Instead of showcasing the property's concrete work, the fixtures in this layout let the lush greenery beside the walk lead the way.

Shown: Kichler 15871 Tannery Bronze Hammered Roof Light, about $145; lightingdirect.com

<p>In this case, the lovely brickwork gets a glowing review from a well-placed light.</p> <p><strong>Similar to shown:</strong> Hinkley Hardy Island Hooded Step Light, about $65; <a href="http://lightology.com/" target="_blank">lightology.com</a></p> <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "hisldousent-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_r

In this case, the lovely brickwork gets a glowing review from a well-placed light.

Similar to shown: Hinkley Hardy Island Hooded Step Light, about $65; lightology.com

Photo by Brian North/GAP Photos
<p>In this case, the lovely brickwork gets a glowing review from a well-placed light.</p> <p><strong>Similar to shown:</strong> Hinkley Hardy Island Hooded Step Light, about $65; <a href="http://lightology.com/" target="_blank">lightology.com</a></p> <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "hisldousent-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_r

In this case, the lovely brickwork gets a glowing review from a well-placed light.

Similar to shown: Hinkley Hardy Island Hooded Step Light, about $65; lightology.com

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Photo by Courtesy of McKay Landscape Lighting