A well-lit backyard space.

Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Your Backyard

With spring finally here, entertaining outside is coming back in full swing. If your yard is looking a little lackluster, now is the time to spice it up with some new lighting. Outdoor lighting will make your space more inviting to houseguests and can also provide improved safety and security.

Here are a few outdoor lighting ideas to get you started.

String Lights

String lights are always a classic choice for outdoor spaces. They can be draped along fences, outdoor ceilings, or used to accent trees and other features. String lights come in a variety of colors and styles, so you can easily find the perfect look for your space. Just be sure that you're choosing string lights that are rated for outdoor use!


If you have any art or sculptures that you want to showcase, spotlights are a great option. You can also use spotlights to highlight certain features of your outdoor space, like a fountain, trees, or beautiful landscaping.

Outdoor Wall Lighting

Outdoor wall lighting is a great way to add both style and function to your outdoor space. In addition to providing extra light, outdoor wall lighting can be used to create visual interest and contribute to the overall design of your space. Sconces are a common type of outdoor wall lighting, and they come in a variety of styles to suit any aesthetic, including popular contemporary looks like modern farmhouse and mid-century modern.

Path Lighting and Step Lighting

If you have any outdoor walkways, stairs, stepping stones, or other areas that could use some extra light, path lighting and step lighting are great options. These lights can help improve safety and make it easier to navigate your outdoor space at night. We highly recommend installing path lighting if seniors live at your home, as trips and falls on unlit steps and walkways can result in serious harm for the elderly.

Outdoor Pendants Lights

Pendant lights are a beautiful way to add light to outdoor spaces like patios, decks, and porches. Pendant lights can be hung from ceilings or beams, or they can be placed on outdoor walls.

Pro Tip: Consider investing in dimmable pendant lights so that you can have the most control over their brightness. Dimmable lights can create a cozy, more intimate atmosphere when turned down, and they can make a space more lively when turned up.

Outdoor Chandeliers

Chandeliers are a luxurious way to add light to outdoor dining and sitting areas. If you have a particularly spacious patio or outdoor room with a tall ceiling, you can accommodate a large chandelier. If you're lighting up a smaller space, consider opting for a smaller chandelier so that you have room to move without bumping your head.


Floodlights are a great way to add extra light and security to outdoor spaces. If you have a large backyard, outdoor floodlights can help you keep an eye on things at night and deter intruders. Floodlights can also be used to highlight specific areas of your outdoor space, like a pool or hot tub.

Outdoor Ceiling Fans With Lights

Ceiling fans with lights are an ingenious way to keep your outdoor space cool and well-lit. If you live in an area with hot summers, outdoor ceiling fans can help you stay comfortable while spending time outside. The breeze from the fan can even help keep mosquitoes away! Additionally, if you choose a ceiling fan with built-in lighting, you won't have to worry about installing additional overhead fixtures.

Lighting Installation in Tampa

At JN Electric of Tampa Bay, our Tampa electricians pride themselves on high-quality work that is beautiful and up-to-code. If you need help installing outdoor lighting on your property, don’t hesitate to give our team a call at (813) 819-7444 and tell us more about your project!