The ambiance of outdoor mood lighting can\u2019t be denied. Direct lighting can enhance certain outdoor features while soft illumination allows your manicured landscaping to pop. Create a striking setting that can be appreciated after dark with these lighting tips and tricks.\r\n\r\nIllumination\r\n\r\nDraw a quick sketch of your yard and what areas you wish to feature. Decorative shrubs, colorful flowers or growing trees can all benefit from pole lamps or spotlights. Homeowners are very proud of their landscaping efforts and soft lights can put their hard work on full display.\r\n\r\nStone paths are beautiful when bordered with short stake lights. Stake lights come in hundreds of styles and are an inexpensive way to feature paths for mood and safety reasons.\r\n\r\nPergolas, decks and pavilions are gorgeous when laced with string lights. Lanterns also add character and can create the perfect space for evening relaxation.\r\n\r\nSolar lights are a great option for homeowners who don\u2019t wish to run electrical wiring. There are no cords involved with solar lights, only a photovoltaic cell that absorbs light during the day, allowing it to glow at night. Solar lights also come in different styles and don\u2019t require an electrician to run wires.\r\n\r\nLogistics\r\n\r\nMost outdoor lighting requires electrical wires to be buried low enough in the ground to protect them from water. A licensed electrician can easily do this, and add an outdoor transformer if needed.\u00a0And if you need inspiration, Pinterest is the way to go. Fortunately, there are so many great options for outdoor lighting that the possibilities are almost endless:\r\n\r\nTorch Lights\r\nFlood Lights\r\nSpot Lights\r\nLED Lights\r\nLanterns\r\nHalogen Lights\r\nString Lights\r\nLamp Posts\r\nDeck Lights\r\nPorch and Patio Lights\r\nSolar Lights\r\nAnd don\u2019t forget to brighten up the exterior of your house. Up lighting around your home adds distinction and highlights smart design features like bay windows, or beautiful flowerbeds. With a good imagination and clever design, you can create the perfect lighting package to complement your landscape and your home itself. As the sun sets, your home will come aglow and give you good reason to enjoy your evening outdoors.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMaking improvements to your backyard is simple with www.okcbackyard.com and www.landscapesokc.com. Call us for a FREE consultation!