Home / Style Guide / Learn About Outdoor Lighting Don’t Just Dream About A Perfect Outdoor Space. For a great season, transform your yard into a beautiful and fun place. There’s no better place than your own backyard for relaxing, entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. And there’s no better time than summer to spruce up your space. If you’re looking to upgrade your outdoor lighting into something special, here are some things to consider. A Cluster of Halleron Outdoor Pendants 49603LD Comfort Trees and awnings aren’t just great adornments for your yard; they provide much needed shade for you to sit outdoors comfortably and safely. Avoid summer mosquito bites by placing birdbaths and other standing water structures far from lounging and eating areas. Install LED outdoor lighting for night, which is less likely to attract mosquitoes than incandescent lights. Safety When planning your space, make safety a top priority. Since evenings are prime-time for summer entertaining, outdoor lighting is an essential safety measure. Start by considering where you need to increase visibility. Choose outdoor post-mounted lanterns near driveways or stair railings and wall-mounted lanterns next to doors for ease of access and to welcome guests. If underground wiring is required, consult an electrician or experienced landscape lighting contractor. For deck stairs or terraced paths, don’t forget step lights to aid in navigation. And thoroughly check outdoor railings, steps, decks and porches to make sure they are steady and that no nails or boards have come loose. Beauty Your yard is an extension of your home, so don’t let design and style fall by the wayside when planning its look.For a touch of natural beauty, consider planting a flower garden to attract butterflies and humming birds.“Illuminate paths and define edges where the garden or grass meet walkways,” says Jeff Dross, corporate director of education and industry trends for Kichler Lighting. The interplay of outdoor light and shadow adds magic to the night. By carefully placing accent lights at upward or downward angles and using wall wash lighting, you can silhouette trees and direct shadows. Energy savings Don’t let your exterior spaces drive up your home’s energy bills. New LED deck and outdoor lightings are low-maintenance, cost-effective options. Lasting up to 40,000 hours – about 15 years – these fixtures use 75% less energy than incandescent lights. “Since outdoor lighting is often left on all night or for many hours at a time, savings from LED lighting can really add up,” Dross says. TIPS: Remember to avoid cheaper LED lights with a bluish cast that many find unattractive. Opt instead for a warm white light, such as Kichler’s Design Pro LED landscape lights. Capture the nighttime loveliness of water features like ponds with LED lights specially built for underwater illumination. For best results, consult a landscape lighting expert to receive referrals to Kichler-certified landscape lighting contractors.