How to Light Up Your Outdoor Space in Layers

When it comes to creating a landscape lighting design for your outdoor space, it’s more than just lighting up a pathway or illuminating your favourite tree. In fact, creating a landscape lighting design that brings all the unique elements of your home and property together takes both planning and creativity.

Whether you want a landscape lighting design that can add to your home’s aesthetics, increase the safety and security of your property or simply just add practicality to your outdoor space, a well thought-out design can incorporate all of these benefits at once. The best way to achieve multiple benefits of landscape lighting is to illuminate your home in layers. To help you understand layered lighting, and how you can achieve this full-bodied look in your next landscape lighting design, we’ve compiled this helpful list of the top three areas to focus on.

Ambient Lighting

Starting with the base of your outdoor lighting design, you’ll want to create a layer that focuses on ambient lighting. This kind of lighting can be created with a ceiling fixture, overhead string lights or even an accent light on a pillar or any other unique feature of your home.

Ambient lighting helps set the tone for your entire landscape lighting design as it helps to create a warm, inviting atmosphere by providing just enough illumination for comfort.

Task Lighting

After you’ve created just the right atmosphere with your ambient lighting, it’s time to create the second layer of illumination through task lighting. Task lighting aims to create functionality by illuminating specific areas that are used regularity such as pathways, steps and outdoor cooking areas.

While task lighting does not necessarily create the warm atmosphere that ambiance lighting does, it helps make your outdoor space both practical and functional.

Accent Lighting

The third and final layer you’ll want to consider when creating your next landscape lighting design is accent lighting. These are your accessory lighting features – they aren’t always necessary but they are the small details that will turn a good design into a great design.  If you have a water feature on your property such as a pool, pond or fountain, consider underwater lighting options to create remarkable effects. If you have a favourite tree, or if your home has unique architectural features like pillars or posts, use accent lighting to play with the angles and shadows. These are the details that will make your home stand out long after the sun has gone done.


While the above lighting techniques could be used on their own, a full-bodied landscape lighting design uses all three together to enhance the aesthetics of your home while also improving practicality, safety and security. With layered landscape lighting, you get all the benefits that outdoor lighting has to offer in one simple, streamlined design.

Get a Professional Installation

Creating the perfect landscape lighting design for your outdoor space can be difficult. You need to know what areas to illuminate, how to illuminate them and what techniques to use. On top of that, you have to make sure your landscape lighting system is installed safely and securely, with no exposed wires or loose fixtures that could cause safety hazards around your property. With all these different factors at play, it’s best to contact a professional landscape lighting company like Nite Time Décor Oakvile. Whether you need help creating the perfect design, or you simply need a professional installation, our experienced team can help! Contact us today to get started on your next design or installation.