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 lights offer safe illumination for walkways and create an ambiance to highlight features along the way.

Up Lights

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

Wall and Step Lights

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The unique look and soft glow of wall lights add interest to any system design, while step lights add a level of safety.


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Downlights and pendants provide endless opportunities to efficiently mimic natural moonlight.

Well Lights

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

Underwater Lights

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

Landscape Lighting Techniques and Styles

Wall Wash Lighting


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

Cross Lighting

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

Accent Lighting

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


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


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

Silhouette Lighting

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Draw attention to an interesting shape by lighting a vertical surface behind the object to accent that unique shape.

Mirror Lighting

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Create dream-like water scenes by strategically lighting background areas around bodies of water that reflect the landscape off of the water.

Moon Lighting

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

In-Ground Lighting

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

Flagpole Lighting

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Two to three directional accent lights are often needed to properly illuminate the pole and the entire flag.

Underwater and Water Accent Lighting

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

Xeriscape Lighting

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

Path and Spread Lighting

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Illuminate sidewalks, stone pathways and lawn walkways while adding a hint of intrigue to boulders and plant beds.

Deck and Patio Lighting

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

Hardscape Lighting

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

Available Light Colors AKA: Color Temperature

Warm White - 2700K


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

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Used for:

  • Surroundings with dark materials, like deep slate, black, or gray
  • Foliage that is blue or purple

Bright White - 4000K

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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.