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  • Writer's pictureLisa Van Hoever

Landscape Lighting Zones

Landscape lighting is a transformative home improvement that not only enhances the aesthetics of outdoor spaces but also serves a variety of practical functions. One of the key techniques employed by landscape lighting designers is the creation of zones using carefully planned lighting, which involves strategically placing lights to highlight specific features, establish focal points, and contribute to the overall aesthetic appeal.

Back of house with wood-framed roof and illuminated trees at night

Understanding the Space

The first step in creating zones with landscape lighting is a comprehensive understanding of the outdoor space. Designers assess the layout, architectural elements, and natural features to identify areas that can benefit from targeted illumination.


Layered Lighting

Outdoor spaces benefit from layered lighting just as interior spaces do. Landscape lighting designers use a combination of techniques to layer light and create depth in the outdoor environment, including incorporating a variety of types of fixtures that serve different purposes and establishing different zones within the landscape.

  • Ambient lighting provides overall illumination to the entire space, ensuring safety and visibility. This can be achieved through techniques like moonlighting, where fixtures are concealed high in trees to mimic the soft glow of moonlight.

  • Task lighting focuses on specific functional areas such as walkways, stairs, or outdoor living spaces. Path lights, deck lights, and step lights are common fixtures used for task lighting.

  • Accent lighting highlights focal points and architectural features, creating visual interest. Different types of fixtures can be used to draw attention to trees, sculptures, or water features.


Zoning Techniques

  • Pathway lighting: Illuminating pathways not only enhances safety but also creates a sense of direction and flow. Placing lights along the edges or using in-ground fixtures helps define walkways and guide movement.

  • Focal point lighting: Designers strategically highlight key focal points such as statues, water features, or specimen trees in order to draw attention to these elements, making them stand out in the landscape.

  • Architectural lighting: Accentuating the architecture of a building or structure contributes to the overall beauty of the space, which can be achieved through uplighting or downlighting, for example.

  • Outdoor room lighting: For outdoor living spaces, designers create cozy zones by incorporating lighting elements that will define specific areas for dining, lounging, or entertaining.


Technology Integration

Advancements in lighting technology have given landscape designers a range of tools to work with. Blingle! Premier Lighting of Greater Lexington offers systems with customizable lighting schemes to allow homeowners to create dynamic zones based on different occasions and moods. All of our fixtures are energy-efficient to minimize environmental impact and keep operating costs low.


Creating zones with landscape lighting is an art that requires a combination of creativity, technical expertise, and an understanding of the outdoor space. By employing layered lighting techniques, strategically placing fixtures, and incorporating modern technology, landscape lighting designers transform outdoor environments into beautiful and functional spaces.



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