How to light an outdoor entertaining area

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Enjoying your outdoor space doesn’t have to stop after the sun goes down. There are plenty of great ways to brighten up your outdoors with lighting. We’re going to show you how to light up your outdoor space so that it’s not only functional but also warm and inviting.

When it comes to lighting your outdoor room, there are four things to consider: safety, ambience, entertainment, and security.

Safety

To make your outdoor area safer at night, install outdoor lighting anywhere people will be walking, like paths, driveways, steps and decks. Use your lights to mark the edges with just enough visibility to see your feet. Spacing them out will also create shadows that help define steps and any uneven spots.

 

Stake lights and bollards are great for paths and driveways. Spotlights are also a good option just above entrances. And there are lights specifically designed for steps and decks. Choose softer rather than bright lighting because glare can be just as blinding as the dark.

Three solar path lights set where a concrete path meets turf

Ambience

Creating the right atmosphere in your outdoor space can mean the difference between somewhere you enjoy or a dark uninviting space you avoid. You can use spotlights to highlight specific design features and dramatic up-lights to show off plants or screening.

 

Hanging festoon lighting is a great way to create a general glow that sets the mood. You can choose white or coloured variations in a range of lengths and designs. Also think about light strips, which can create a diffused glow around garden edges or water features.

Outdoor deck with complementary timber table and benches, featuring ambient lighting

Entertainment

The right lighting sets the mood for entertaining friends and family outdoors. Think about warm, softer lighting rather than stark white flood lights. Party lights create a magical backdrop and look great over archways or hanging in trees. While portable lights, lanterns, and battery operated tea lights work wonders around lounge areas.

A Bunnings team member standing in front of festoon and party lights

Security

Outdoor lighting can also multi-task as security lighting. Motion activated lights have built-in sensors that turn on automatically when they sense movement and scare off intruders.

A security spotlight pointing upwards

Light it up

Choosing the right lighting will make your outdoors just as appealing as your indoors. It can completely change how you feel about your space and how you use it. Take a look at our full range of outdoor lighting today.

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