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Unique Lighting Techniques to Extend Your Evenings Outdoors

Outdoor living spaces, whether that is a fabulous patio, a fire pit, or outdoor kitchen, are extensions of our home. They provide that extra space for you and your guests to enjoy time together while enjoying the outdoors.

When summer hits, it brings those warm evenings that can be forced to end early due to the sun going down. Landscape lighting is the best way to extend your evenings outdoors. 

Here are 4 unique landscape lighting techniques to extend your evenings in your outdoor living space! 


Every party is better with string lights. They bring such a sense of occasion to every space they are hung. Whether you are hosting a barbecue, a wedding, or a quiet evening with the family, string lights provide the perfect atmosphere for all occasions spent in your outdoor living space.

Learn more about how bistros installed by a professional lighting technician differ from those you buy at the big box store in the video below.

Fire pit 

Adding outdoor lighting to a fire pit can sound odd, but lighting actually enhances the ambiance of fire. It creates a not only an inviting atmosphere, but safety is brought to the area as well. If you have a permanent sitting wall or fire pit, installing undercap lighting is a great way to illuminate the seat or fire pit to allow you and your guest to navigate with ease.


This fixture is installed under the edges of the seat or fire pit, casting a light down to illuminate not only where each element is, but also the walkways in the area. This allows both you and your guests to navigate the area safely. 

Pendent lights

If your outdoor living space includes a pergola, pendent lights are a great option to spice up the area. Pendent lights are typically an ornate fixture suspended or attached to a pergola or other structures. They can create a fun and magical atmosphere to anywhere they are hung.


Star liters are a perfect example of a pendent light that brings magic to the space. The star liter is a cylinder fixture with perforated holes in the body, allowing light to peak through creating a magical, star lit feel to the space.

Tiki lights

Tiki lights are a fun way to spice up your pool deck in your outdoor living space. Tiki lights bring not only an exciting, tropical feel to your pool area, but they also provide just the right amount of illumination that allows you to enjoy the pool well into the evening.


Something special about the tiki light offered from a light professional is that they have not only the reservoir to hold torch fuel with the wick on top, but below the tiki top hat is a light that shines down to provide functional lighting. The addition of the light beneath the hat gives light to the ground below the tiki, providing a lit pathway to the space. 

Need help with your outdoor lighting project?

If you are looking for a professional to help with your outdoor lighting design and installation, request a consultation here! Let our designers create not only a functional property, but one that highlights the beauty of your home even at night. 

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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