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Front Yard Lighting: What to Pick

Many of us have beautiful lighting in the backyard because it’s where we tend to gather with our friends and family, especially when we want to entertain. But have you considered what your lighting in your front yard looks like? If you haven’t, you’re in the right place.

Landscape lighting in the front yard is not the same as landscape lighting in the backyard, and there are so many different types of lighting that you could enjoy in your front yard and have the space lit up and ready to go. Lights in your front yard aren’t just about looking pretty, but about directing visitors to the front entry. They are also great for security if you have picked the right ones. So, let’s take a look at your front yard lighting options and help you to make the right choice!

Entryway lights.

You need to have lighting in your entryway because otherwise people aren’t going to see where they’re going. Lightning doesn’t just help people know where to enter, which is very important if you have more than one front door, but it improves security. You should always opt for lighting that is motion sensored so that when someone comes to your front door, the light automatically comes on. This is especially important if you have a Ring camera or any other type of security camera that can capture images from the front door.

Consider getting some step lights.

Do you have front steps going up to your door? If you do, then getting some step lights either side of the step can help to illuminate them so that people can see them when they are coming to your home at night time. If you yourself are coming back from work on a winter’s night, you know that you may be coming home in the dark. If you have step lights, you’re going to be able to see your steps and not worry about having the street lights illuminate them for you.

Wall or column lights.

If you have front yard courtyard walls, stucco walls in the parking area, or columns outside your front door, think about lighting these up. You could wind fairy lights that are powered by solar around them, or you can use lights that are specifically designed for these areas. If you have a short wall, one chosen light fixture can work really well.


Uplighting works really well for your front yard, especially if you’ve got architectural plants. It turns them into night time works of art when you have them lit up properly, and those that are strong form, such as Italian Cypress and Yuccas, look fantastic when the light is shining upward and into them.

Front garden lights along the path.

Pathway solar walkway lights is a great idea, especially if you have it solar powered. You can shine lights on your plants, as we just mentioned, but you also need to look at illuminating the pathways so that people can see where they’re going. Not only that, but it makes your home look softer and more welcoming. As the sun goes down, the lights come on and they start off pretty strongly, so all you have to do is glance out the window and you’ll be able to see anybody coming down the front path.

Garage lighting.

If you’ve ever tried to get into the garage at night time from the front of the house, you know that having lighting is going to be helpful. If you can have lighting that switches on when you turn on your garage remote, that’s even better. Some illumination from nearby lighting is going to help you to drive in without crashing.

Light up your house number.

You can buy small strip lights that back your house number so that during the evenings when people are driving down the road, your home number is lit up so that they know where they’re going. It’s frustrating when people can’t see house numbers, and if you decide to order a takeaway at 9:00 PM, you want the pizza guy to be able to see where you live, right? By having your house number lit up, you won’t have to worry about people getting confused or losing your precious food order.

Security lighting.

A well lit house is way more difficult to rob, so make sure that you have security lighting on board so that somebody doesn’t feel the need to jump into your home and steal. 

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2 thoughts on “Front Yard Lighting: What to Pick

  • Front yard lighting really makes a big difference in not only the appearance of your home, but for safety as well. I like solar lights because I don’t have to worry about them going dead, although they don’t usually stay lit all night.

  • I would like to get step lighting for my front entryway and think they would also be nice for my back deck. Something to consider.


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