Choosing the Right Lighting for Your MN Landscape All Year ‘Round

12dec02c3At this time of year, when it comes to landscape lighting, most people think of holiday displays.  With the right outdoor lighting design, you’re able to get the most out of your yard this holiday season. Make sure to show it all off, even if the snow is falling here in the Minneapolis area. In fact, outdoor lighting looks fantastic in the Minnesota snow.

But outdoor lighting has its place throughout each season.  Outdoor lighting looks beautiful in the winter months, but it can also look just as nice throughout the warmer seasons as well.  Outdoor lighting provides safety and security in addition to accenting your home and showing off its features.  And there are many ways to do it.

As you consider your outdoor illumination needs, you can have fun with all of the accessories and different type of lighting.   Some are just meant to look nice, but others have a more practical purpose.  Here are just a few basic types.

Path and Step Lighting Make Your Landscape Safer at Night

Path and step lighting can provide safety at night, not only for you but for your family and those that visit you. With this in mind, you should ensure that you choose lighting that is flat against the surfaces or placed out of traffic flow and does not jut out of the ground in a walkway, because you do not want anyone to trip. You should also choose a low lighting that illuminates the paths and steps but also looks beautiful on your property at night. LED lighting is a great choice for this type of lighting because it can spread its glow but does not cause a glare.

Mood Lighting Can Help You Enjoy Your Minneapolis Yard

Having a high-functioning, minimal mood lighting setup is beneficial when trying to make your landscape stand out more. There are many choices when it comes to adding sleek, contemporary lighting throughout your landscape. There are a lot of lighting options that are big and small and can set the right mood without overdoing it. Speak to the professionals at Architectural Landscape Design to find out what we can offer in terms of outdoor lighting to set the right mood.

  • Lanterns – Lanterns are beautiful, and with the right amount placed in the right area, you’re able to create a mood unlike any other. This is something worth thinking about when it comes to choosing lighting that is energy efficient, while also beautiful.
  • Lights on Trees – Trees can be a dramatic point throughout your yard, which means you might want to make them stand out more than they already do.  Spot lighting can be something to consider. There are many different types of lighting that can be woven throughout the branches of trees on your property, placed on the trunk, or installed near the base.
  • Specialized Lighting – Specialty lighting might seem like a type of lighting that is complicated, but in fact, when you work with a professional, you’re able to get all that you want out of  custom lighting solutions.  Whether your yard is large or compact, we’ve got lighting options to properly accentuate your home.


Feel like you’re in the dark when it comes to landscape lighting in Minneapolis?  Give us a call today to find out what we can do to add lighting throughout your landscape. You want something that is festive and sets the right atmosphere for the type of look you have, whether it’s the holiday season or an ordinary summer night.