So, your San Diego home has a nice backyard space, complete with a fire pit, that’s almost perfect for entertaining.
The only problem is once the sun has gone down, it’s far too dark to enjoy the space properly. Outside of the soft glow from the fire pit, your yard has no other outdoor landscape lighting, making it very difficult to see any friends or family you might be entertaining on a nice summer evening.
If you’re experiencing this problem, we’ve got good news! There are a ton of effective ways to light your backyard, give it the vibe you’re looking for, and just the right amount of brightness.
Here are a few different lighting ideas that are sure to illuminate your fire pit space and make your yard the perfect spot for those nighttime hangouts.
If you’re looking to light a particular area in your yard, specifically one that leads t, or surrounds your fire pit, path lighting is a great option. There are a wide variety of path lighting options to choose from, so you’ll be sure to find something that fits your budget.
On top of that, it’s easy to find a design that fit your space, looks good in your yard, and next to your home.
Be sure to consider your home’s exterior style, or consult with a professional before making a purchase if you’re on the hunt for the perfect aesthetic. Also, it’s wise to pick lights that are solar powered. or offer some sort of solar function, so you can save money on your electric bill.
One trend that has really picked up some steam lately is using string lights to brighten your backyard space.
String lights offer a ton of creative freedom, as they are available in a variety of different styles, so you can get a look that you truly love, that also fits your space. Not to mention they’re easy to install and can be used in countless different ways.
For instance, if you have a porch, a fence, or even some shrubbery near your fire pit, you can line them with string lights. You’ll not only be getting some more light, but you’ll also be creating a fun atmosphere that is going to make you want to spend more time in the area you’ve designed.
Similar to string lights, rope lights are a great way to light any outdoor space, especially around a fire pit. The possibilities are endless with this type of lighting, especially when it comes to where you install or place your lights.
It’s worth noting that rope lights are a little bit more durable design-wise, and last a little longer, especially outside in the weather. You can also get LED rope lights, or even colored rope lights, if that’s something you’re interested in or think will look good in your space.
Obviously, you have to have a nice big tree in your space to make this one work. If you are fortunate enough to have a tree nearby, consider hanging some tree lights to help illuminate your outdoor entertainment space.
If your desired tree is near your fire pit, what better way to illuminate the area than with beautiful lights hung from it? The best part is, you can always choose more than one technique! As long as you don’t overdo it, hanging lights from various places in your backyard is a great way to create a stunning atmosphere.
String lights, rope lights, and mason jar candles all work well, and are easy to install in a tree. Also, path lighting neatly around the bottom of a tree looks great!
Traditional post lighting is another great way to light any outside area. This is especially true if you use LED light bulbs, and solar powered post lights, which is the best way to go if you choose this route.
Speaking of LED light bulbs, try to use those when you can. They not only work better, but require much less energy to run, so it’s a win-win for you and your outdoor space.
Mason Jar Lights
If you’re looking to get a little bit artsy, mason jars are a great way to take things to the next level. You can buy them pre-made, or DIY them yourself by putting string lights inside of the mason jars and hanging them up, either on a fence or tree.
If you want to get really crazy, you can add candles to the mason jars and create a cool, throwback lantern look that not only looks neat, but adds a fun vibe to your area. Just be sure to handle them with caution if you’re using real candles.
Lighting Ideas for Your Fire Pit Area
Well, there you have it! These are just a few lighting ideas that are sure to make your fire pit area, or any other outdoor space, the place to be on a warm summer’s night!
So, before you host another nighttime outdoor event, be sure to get your lighting situation squared away. That way you won’t have to worry about someone falling or getting hurt in the dark.
Remember, be sure to take a good look at your yard and figure out which lighting techniques would complement it best. Don’t forget to include the style of your house in your design plans. If you can, try to go green and use things that are solar powered and have LED light bulbs.
Looking to get some professional help with lighting your outdoor space? Contact us today, we’ll be glad to assist you! We serve San Diego and surrounding areas.