Outdoor Lighting: Pathway Lighting Guide

San Diego, are you looking for outdoor lighting ideas? Outdoor lighting is an essential aspect of any home’s exterior design. It provides safety and security and also adds a touch of elegance and ambiance to your outdoor space. One type of outdoor lighting that has been gaining popularity in recent years is pathway lighting. In this guide, we will discuss the benefits of using pathway lighting and highlight techniques you can use to enhance the look of your home.

What is Pathway Lighting?

Pathway lighting can illuminate walkways, driveways, and other pathways around your home. It provides a soft, subtle light that guides you along the path. This type of lighting is functional and adds a decorative element to your outdoor space. One of the most popular techniques used in landscape lighting design, you can use it to light up walkways or highlight landscape features.

Path lights provide a range of functional benefits:

Expand your Nighttime Living Space: Create a more welcoming entrance and illuminate all areas of your yard.

Increase Safety and Security: Lighting pathways can deter intruders and draw attention to hazards such as steps.

Landscape Path Lighting Techniques

Types of Outdoor Pathway Lighting

Use path lights to illuminate walkways while increasing safety and highlighting landscape features along the way. When using pathway lighting, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you get the most out of your lights. First, consider the placement of your lights. And, always choose path fixtures that completely shield the light source from view. Below are a few techniques you can use to enhance your nighttime living space.

Staggered Path Lights

When using path lights to illuminate a walkway, stagger the fixtures from side to side with even spacing between each fixture. This strategy provides an adequate light throw to ensure safety and visual interest along the path.

Placing the fixtures directly across one another can lead to an unattractive runway look. It also forces you to use more fixtures than necessary. However, there are exceptions to this rule. At times, installing path lights across from each other in wide walkways or at an entryway creates an inviting setting.

Single-Row Path Lights

While elegant and effective, path lights can also be a maintenance challenge and trip hazard. A typical rule to ensure effective maintenance over time is to never install a path light directly in turf. However, following this rule can be difficult because pathways commonly border turf. One way to overcome this challenge: remove the turf on one side of the path and install a single-sided row of path lights.

Marker Lighting

You should typically seek to hide most light sources during the lighting process. Marker lights are the exception to this rule. Use them to add artistic elements to your scene.

Path Light Spacing

Generally, path lights look best when evenly spaced across the desired area, especially if it is a straight walkway. Be aware that path lights can cast bright spots and dark shadows on the ground. If the spacing is uneven, these effects will be especially noticeable when a customer walks the path at night.

If the terrain is uneven or barriers like trees or rocks are in the way, place the fixtures so they light up these areas. Even if doing so alters the balance of the spacing.

Path Light Considerations

Path lights are often usually in high-traffic areas. To avoid damage to fixtures, place pathway lights 12–18″ (300–460 mm) from a walkway. Do not install path lights directly in turf or other areas where frequent maintenance could cause damage.

Recommended spacing for area lights: 9′ (2.7 m) for residential applications at 0.1 fc (1.1 lx)

Best Outdoor Lighting Systems

FX Luminaire

Create a variety of effects with FX Luminaire. FX Luminaire is an industry-leading manufacturer of landscape and architectural lighting products with a focus on the advancement of LED Landscape Lighting technology and digital lighting control with zoning, dimming and color adjustment capabilities.

From up lights to path lights and down lights to power and control, FX Luminaire offers the best outdoor lighting systems. Below is a list of the fixtures and technology they offer.

  • Up Lights: Utilizing up lights in a landscape lighting system design can add texture, contrast, and interest.
  • Path Lights: Path lights offer lighting for walkways and create ambiance to highlight landscape features along the way.
  • Down Lights: Down lights provide endless opportunities to efficiently mimic natural moonlight.
  • Well Lights: Well lights provide up-lighting to highlight features of a home or landscaping.
  • Wall Lights: The unique look and soft glow of wall lights adds interest to any system design. Changeable filters provide for an array of memorable effects.
  • Under Water Light: Underwater lights provide efficient, versatile solutions for niche applications (water features) and specialized effects.

Luxor Control System

Luxor incorporates zoning, dimming, and 30,000 colors into a single device. With up to 40 distinct themes it fully integrates with leading home automation solutions; Lutron, Crestron, Control4, and Savant.

Outdoor Lighting System Design & Installation

With outdoor landscape lighting, you can enhance the beauty of your home and add an element of security to your property. Let Shultz Audio Video create a visually striking look for your outdoor living space with the most versatile landscape lighting solutions available coupled with lighting control. We use FX Luminaire’s industry-leading lighting fixtures and controllers. Each of their two distinct lighting lines, the Designer and Standard Series, have unique features and benefits.

Because there are endless possibilities, it’s important to understand what options fit your vision and budget. Let our team work with you to create your perfect outdoor lighting solution for your needs and budget! Want to see how outdoor landscape lighting can transform your property? Contact us at (760) 505-7461 to schedule an interactive lighting demo or use the button below to fill out the form.