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4 Lighting Ideas for a Family-Fun Backyard

Outdoor living spaces can bring and your family together in a new way. Evenings can be spent together out by the fire or swimming in the pool. One of the best ways to extend these evenings is to add lighting to your outdoor living space. There are many lighting options that can bring a fun yet functional atmosphere to your backyard.

This blog highlights 4 landscape lighting ideas to create a family-fun backyard this summer!

1. Add Bistros 


One of the most popular lighting techniques right now is bistro lighting. Often called string or cafe lights, bistro lights are a simple way to spice up your outdoor entertainment space. Hung inside a pergola or above a patio allows you to enjoy these outdoor spaces after the sun goes down. They add depth and beauty to the area while at the same time create an unmatched, fun atmosphere. 

Professional bistro lights can be dimmed to control how much light is put out. This allows you to choose the perfect amount of light for each gathering. Bistros are perfect for the relaxing evenings with the family or those vibrant summer get-togethers with friends! 

2. Light the Playground


If you have a playground or swing set, adding a light to the space can keep the kids entertained even when the sun goes down. While you are enjoying the evening with your adult friends, the kiddos can run around safely on the play set. 

Incorporating a light to the play area can help diminish the chance of injury due to tripping or falling because the playground was dark. The light will illuminate the area so that the kids can see exactly where they are going and avoid mishaps. It also allows you to keep a better eye on the kids when you are inside or watching from a distance. 

Depending on the shape of the play set, a downlight will most likely be the most effective for the space.  As you can see from the image above, we are able to attach the light directly to the play set and aim it to light the area in the best, most effective way. 

3. Use Tiki Lights


Nothing says party like tiki torches! They create such a fun and exciting environment to any place they are lit. In addition, they bring a sense of function to an outdoor space by illuminating the area. Adding tikis to your outdoor lighting design can transform any pool or patio space into a private oasis. 

There is a difference between just your typical tiki touch and the tiki light we offer here at Landscape Lighting Pro. Our tiki light is a tall brass fixture that has a reservoir to hold torch fuel, like citronella oil, with a wick on top that can be lit to create great flame effects. Below the tiki top hat is a light that shines down to provide functional lighting and beautiful effects. The addition of the light beneath the hat fives light to the ground below the tiki, providing a lit pathway to the space. A fest yet functional atmosphere...there's nothing better! 

4. Incorporate Path Lights


Path lights don't exactly scream fun, but they provide that much needed guidance during those dark evenings spent outdoors. Lighting the pathways in an outdoor living space can ensure the fun and continue well into the night. They help make sure you, the kids, and your guests can see exactly where you are going when walking to and from the fire pit or swimming pool. 

While they bring more function than fun, path lights are still such an added value to your family-fun backyard. Once they are installed you will wonder how you ever lived without them!

Let us help you create the perfect family-fun backyard!

If you are ready to bring life to your outdoor living space to create a family-fun backyard, allow us to help! One of our lighting designers will meet with you to create not only a functional property, but one that highlights the beauty of your home even at night. Call (801) 440-7647, or fill out a consultation request here!


At Landscape Lighting Pro, the art of outdoor illumination is a real passion we work to perfect. Designing elegantly bespoke landscape lighting systems is simply all we do. For over 15 years, our award winning team of designers and craftsmen have striven to bring the best outdoor lighting experience possible to people's homes and businesses across the Wasatch Front & beyond. 

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