Here at NiteLites, we use a variety of outdoor lighting techniques based on what is appropriate to tastefully showcase your property. Certain styles are meant for specific purposes and in this article, we will detail some of our top methods that we use for our projects so you can start developing ideas to discuss with our outdoor lighting designers.

Accent & Spot Lighting

Accent and Spot lights add focus or drama to special features of your property. These are positioned close to the base of statuary, trees, walls, etc. and narrowly shine on them. We advise using this technique sparingly for focal points and strategically in architecture.

Path Lighting

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Path lighting provides added visibility and safety for the walkways around your property. Different style hats and heights of the stems allow a custom approach to every path lighting project.


Shadowing is another way to add drama to your property. We create a neat shadow effect on a wall or other surface by positioning lights in front of interesting objects (statues, trees) at a low angle.


Moonlighting is a great way to give your space a romantic feel. This is achieved by placing a couple of low voltage lights angled downwards on the branches of medium to large trees.


Up-lighting is used to provide a soft glow to areas of your property such as your garden, patio, or driveway. This result is made possible by setting the lights at ground level and facing the fixture upwards.


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Washing (otherwise known as Facade Lighting) is placing lights at the base of a wall or hedge so that the light can ‘wash’ over that surface and display a soft glow effect. You can do the same thing for the front of a home, as shown above.

Submersible Lighting

Submersible Lighting is exactly what it sounds like: lighting placed underwater. Lovely effects can be created by illuminating the movement as well as the stillness of water.

We hope this list of outdoor lighting techniques along with their visual examples assisted in your brainstorming process. The next step is to give us a call at 1-866-648-3548 or fill out a form on our website and we will get back with you within 24 business hours.