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Outdoor Lighting for Your Backyard


Do you and your family like to spend a lot of time in the backyard during the summer? Sitting on the patio talking with loved ones, playing a game of softball, or taking a refreshing evening swim can be the perfect ending to a summer day. Regardless of your family’s backyard activities, you need enough light to keep the fun going after the sun goes down. This week, I thought I’d suggest some ideas for outdoor lighting that can make your backyard a more inviting place when the fireflies come out to play.

Floating Candles

Candles are decorative and can provide a lot of light in a backyard. One idea is to get a few large metal washtubs and fill them to the halfway point with water. Arrange the tubs around the area where people are congregating. Next, float ten to 12 tea light candles in the water. When the sun begins disappear, light each of the tea light candles in the washtubs. A collection of flickering, floating candles can create a peaceful atmosphere in the backyard as you and your friends gather around a patio table. Tea light candles are available in most craft stores and come in pink, yellow, purple, and orange along with many other colors.

Twinkling White Lights

Remember those strings of twinkling white lights you put on the Christmas tree last year? They are perfect if you want to create some unique lighting in your backyard. The thing to do before choosing a location for the lights is to look for an outdoor outlet. If you want to string the lights up on the railing of your deck, you may need an extension cord to connect to the outlet. Arranging strings of lights in the branches of a nearby tree is another idea. With enough strings of white lights, you can illuminate the area for a pleasant gathering on a summer evening.

Solar-Powered Lights

If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly way to light up your backyard, then solar-powered lights may be your thing. These lights can illuminate a pathway or a patio area. I think these lights would be perfect for lighting up a backyard gazebo. They need to be installed in a place where they receive at least eight hours of full sunlight per day. This gives them the energy they need to illuminate your backyard for several hours after the sun goes down! These lights are sold in big-box stores and home improvement stores. They are available in a variety of styles so you can find some that flow with the look of your home and backyard.

Tiki Torches

When you hear the words “tiki torch,” you may picture one with a traditional wooden design. But there are many other designs available today. For instance, you can get a tiki torch in a hammered stainless steel bowl design. Or you may prefer one in the shape of a sunflower or pineapple. Today’s modern tiki torches are filled with lamp oil and are extremely easy to light. A few tiki torches arranged around your backyard can give you as much light as you need for an evening swim, backyard games, or a late-night cookout.

I hope these ideas make your evening gatherings all the more memorable. Thanks for reading. – Alan

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