Landscape Lighting Design Information

 OUTDOOR SYSTEMS is a Landscape Lighting Design and Installation Firm. We pride ourselves on understanding both the Artistic side of Landscape Lighting and the Mechanical side of installing and controlling these systems. 


OUTDOOR SYSTEMS likes to call it Outdoor Lighting since we are not just lighting your landscape anymore. With specialized weatherproof fixtures such as Table Lamps, Pendants, Chandeliers and Market lights we can bring the indoors out, creating elegant environments in your backyard. This not only looks beautiful when you are outside but adds a whole other dimension to your home when looking out, from the inside.

OUTDOOR SYSTEMS will put together a comprehensive lighting plan and quote at no cost to you. We will discuss your objectives and give you ideas and options on how to accomplish them. If you don't know what you want, no worries, we will educate you on the different types of systems and lighting techniques to reach your desired outcome. Let us show you what can be done in your yard! 

Landscape Lighting Components

Path Lights

Path Light for Landscape Lighting

Path Lights offer safe illumination for walkways and create ambiance to highlight features along the way.

Up Lights

Up Lights for Landscape Lighting.

Utilizing up lights in a landscape lighting system design can add texture, contrast, and interest. 

Wall and Step Lights

Wall and Step Lights for Landscape Lighting.

The unique look and soft glow of wall lights adds interest to any system design. While step lights adds a level of safety.

Down Lights

Down and Pendant Lights for Landscape Lighting.

Down Lights and Pendants provide endless opportunities to efficiently mimic natural moonlight. 

Well Lights

Well Lights for Landscape Lighting.

Bring the warmth of well lights into your design wherever you have a need for an unobtrusive accent fixture. 

Underwater Lights

Underwater Lights for Landscape Lighting.

Underwater lights are designed to provide efficient, versatile solutions for niche applications and specialized effects. 

Landscape Lighting Techniques and Styles

Wall-Wash Lighting

Wall Wash Lighting  Technique.

Directs the eye to the textures, shapes and/or height differences of items in beds, adding depth and ambiance.

Cross Lighting

Cross Lighting  Technique.

Using two beams of light, it creates 360-degree visual interest on large trees, statues or other tall features.

Accent Lighting

Accent Lighting  Technique.

Shines light upward to illuminate an object or surface for dramatic, attention-getting visuals.


Grazing Lighting  Technique.

Adds depth and dimension to stucco, brick, stonework or architectural features of a home or hardscape.


Shadowing Lighting  Technique.

A technique that projects the look of a tree or yard art onto a surface behind the object.

Silhouette Lighting

Silhouette Lighting  Technique.

Draw attention to an interesting shape by

lighting a vertical surface behind the object to accent that unique shape.

Mirror Lighting

Mirror Lighting  Technique.

Create dream-like water scenes by

strategically lighting background areas

around bodies of water that reflect the landscape off of the water.

Moon Lighting

Moon Lighting  Technique.

Placing a lower lumen fixture high in a tree catches the details of branches and leaves, emulating the look of moonlight.

In-Ground Lighting

In-Ground Lighting  Technique.

Deliver light to permanent and semi-permanent installations such as sidewalks, large mature trees, walls and flagpoles.

Flagpole Lighting

Flagpole Lighting  Technique.

Two to three directional accent lights are often

needed to properly illuminate the pole and the entire flag. 

Underwater & Water Accent Lighting

Underwater and Water Accent Lighting  Technique.

Enhance and highlight flowing water in waterfalls, streams and fountains. Create a magical mirroring effect on still waters.

Xeriscape Lighting

Xeriscape Lighting  Technique.

Cacti, grasses and the stone used in xeriscape designs can benefit from a lower lumen illumination than traditional landscaping.

Path & Spread Lighting

Path and Spread Lighting Technique.

Illuminate sidewalks, stone pathways and

lawn walkways while adding a hint of intrigue to boulders and plant beds.

Deck & Patio Lighting

Deck and Patio Lighting Technique.

Accentuate all of the beauty and details of decks, patios, outdoor kitchens, steps,

handrails and more.

Hardscape Lighting

Hardscape Lighting Technique.

Highlight stone features, retaining walls, outdoor kitchens, steps, handrails, benches and more.

Available Light Colors Aka: Color Temperature

Warm White - 2700K

2700K Warm White Landscape Lighting Color.

Used for:

• Surroundings with warmer colors, like

 brown and cedar

• Natural colored walls or stonework

• Foliage that is red, orange or yellow 

Pure White - 3000K

3000K Pure White Landscape Lighting Color.

Used for:

• Surroundings with dark materials, like deep slate, black or gray

• Foliage that is blue or purple. 

Bright White - 4000K

4000K  to 4200K Bright White Landscape Lighting Color.

Used for:

• Ultra contemporary homes and structures.

Let Us Design A System For You, Your Home and Neighborhood

When required OUTDOOR SYSTEMS can put your lighting design in plan form for other trades on the project.


Contact Us

Schedule a Free Landscape Lighting Design Consultation


Normally we are able to supply a quote at the time of our meeting.

We Accept All Major Credit Cards


San Clemente, CA


We are available by phone 8 AM to 7 PM Daily

And by appointment to come to your home.