If you’ve spent a lot of time making your deck and patio a comfortable place to spend time outdoors, it makes sense that you want to get the most out of it. To maximize your enjoyment after dusk, light up your outdoor living space. Here are some of the best ways to illuminate your porch or deck.

Light Up Your Outdoor Living Spaces with Landscape Path Lighting

For safety and ambiance, light up the landscaping with path lighting. These lights can be installed along walkways, driveways, and backyard paths to make it easier to see where you are going once the sun goes down. Landscape lighting can also be used to illuminate garden beds, fountains, and other outdoor features.

Add String Lights

String lights are most commonly used to decorate during the holidays, but they will provide ambiance to your backyard any time of year. Choose lights that are designed for outdoor use and made to withstand moisture and variable weather conditions. Drape the lights on the deck railing, string them around trees or bushes, or hang them in a grid over your lounge space.

Step Lighting to Light Up Your Outdoor Living Space

In addition to landscape lighting, consider installing lighting on your deck stairs to make it easy to navigate the area after dark. LED step lights are a cost-effective way to illuminate stairs and railings.

If your stairs are in full sun, look for solar-powered models for a cost-effective and easy way to light the stairs. There are many types of outdoor lights available that you can place along the railing for added brightness.

Build a Fire Pit

To light up your outdoor space and add warmth, build a fire pit. Fire pits can also be purchased from your local home improvement store. You’ll find portable fire bowls and tabletop fire pits to enjoy outdoors.

When you install a fire pit, make sure to place it in an open space that’s at least 15 feet away from landscaping features, sheds, patio furniture, and your home.

Repel Mosquitoes and Add Light

To light up outdoor spaces and repel mosquitoes at the same time, use candles and tiki torches throughout your yard. Tiki torches also give your backyard a tropical feel and provide light.

A citronella-scented torch fuel has the added benefit of helping control mosquitoes on your property. If tiki torches aren’t your style, you’ll find many other options out there, including glass and ceramic tabletop torches.

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