Lighting affects the mood and energy of an area. Make your patio, porch, or deck a warm and welcoming environment. Improve visibility and aesthetics with these tips to light up your outdoor living spaces.

Paraffin Torches

Paraffin torches provide light with liquid fuel and a wick. Citronella fuel is also an insect repellent, so torches serve two purposes – providing additional lighting and keeping mosquitoes away.

There are different torch varieties that are all designed for outdoor use. You might choose tabletop models or a self-standing torch that sits atop a pole and is inserted into the ground. As with any fire, make sure the flames are never left unattended and are extinguished completely when people go indoors.

Light Up Outdoor Living Spaces with String Lights

String lights are a quick and easy way to add lighting to your deck, porch, or patio. This type of light either plugs into an electrical outlet or has a small solar panel, and some models are even battery-powered.

Be sure to choose string lights designed for outdoor use. Electric lights will be labeled with a UL rating. A green label means the string lights are only for indoor use. A red label indicates lighting that can be used indoors or out.

Fire Pit

A fire pit adds warmth and light to your outdoor spaces. If you choose to install a fire pit, make sure it is at least 15 feet away from the house and any buildings, trees, and shrubbery. Only burn seasoned hardwood and make sure your fire is completely extinguished when you head inside for the evening.

Candles and Lanterns

Candles and lanterns typically only produce a small amount of light, but some evenings, this type of lighting is more than adequate. Only burn candles on fire-resistant surfaces and make sure any type of live flame is out of the reach of children and pets.

Deck Post Lighting for Your Outdoor Living Spaces

Consider adding lighting to your deck posts. Choose solar-powered post caps for easy installation if your deck is in a sunny spot during the day. Alternatively, you can have an electrician wire lighting into your deck posts. Electric lights are controlled by a wall-mounted switch and some are dimmable.

Flood Lighting Around the Pool

If you enjoy spending time around the pool at night, make sure the area is well lit. Floodlights are great for improving visibility by the water. You can also add string lights near the pool house or install torch lighting for a more mellow mood. There are plenty of varieties of lights to use around your pool, including options for underwater lighting.

Use Solar Pathway Lights for Your Outdoor Living Spaces

Solar-powered stake lights are simple to install and illuminate pathways around the house. Stake lights can be used to light the way from the driveway to the front door or from the backyard deck to the garden. This type of lighting is charged by the sun during the day and powers on automatically at dusk.

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