Last week, I touched briefly on various things that you can do around your home to improve the summertime staging of it when it comes time to sell. One of those suggestions was to “Light up Your Yard”. While that is a fabulous idea to improve your home’s visibility for potential home buyers, it is just a plain old good idea for any home. Its summer! As Canadians, we try to get outside as much as possible during the few short months that we can. Landscape lighting helps everyone to able to enjoy the outside world that little bit longer, so in my books landscape lighting is a DIY project worth tackling any day.

Don’t you think?


  • Spotlights:

    The prize tree in your front yard only adds to the property value when you can see it. Adding spotlights in your yard, whether it be pointed at a specimen tree, statue or just pointed towards the house, ensures that any items that you want to feature will be spotlighted day or night. You went to all the effort to make your home nice. It deserves to be spotlighted!


Light in the night (Castelldefels)

Light in the night (Castelldefels) (Photo credit: jcarlosn)

  • Pathway illumination:

Whether it be yourself, your invited guests or the neighbours from across the way, having the pathways on your property illuminated at night will help to ensure that everyone safely makes their way around your yard. No more stumbling into flower beds or stubbing toes against rock wall edges, when you can gently and painlessly see every step of the way.

Arielouie landscape lighting

  • Floodlit specimens:

Sometimes the bright glare of a spotlight doesn’t really do justice to the subtleties of the specimens in your yard. Maybe you want to illuminate a pool or pond from within. Perhaps using the interplay between light and shadows is what you are looking for within the garden beds. Whatever you are looking for in the subtleties of your yard can sometimes be attained by a few well placed lights to soften your nighttime landscape. In that case, a floodlight might be your best option.


  • General Purpose Lighting:

General purpose lighting often has more to do with function than anything, but it is an integral part of your home’s decor none the less. I am talking about lights beside doors to help you slip your key into the lock and lights above the garage, to help direct your vehicle safely home at night. They can be plain, ornate or whatever decorative addition that compliments the rest of your home’s decor, but this functional lighting is a must for any house.


    • Solar Lights:

      The cheapest and simplest way to add lighting in your yard is by tucking in a few solar lights where desired. They can be placed anywhere where sunlight reaches, with no need for electricity. Add one or add one hundred. The choice is yours! There are a wide range of solar lights available, at many department stores, big box chains and sometimes even the corner store. All you have to decide is what material you want them made of (plastic, metal or glass) and what colour fits your needs. You are only limited by your imagination.


    • LED Lights:

      Let’s face it. Sometimes solar just isn’t practical. You might want to brighten a dark hollow that never sees the light of the sun. A solar light doesn’t help there. So while LED lights may run a little more money, sometimes that is worth it. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are powered by electricity, hence are more reliable, plus they are often brighter than their solar counterparts. You can put them along pathways, use them as spotlights or floodlights, plus you can slip them into a pond or pool. Of course you might want the help of a lightscaping company to help with the intricacies of some of these jobs, but the DIYers among you might tackle that project on their own.