Contemporary Outdoor Landscape Accent Lighting

The purpose of accent lighting is not to illuminate completely but simply to add a little flavor to the scene. As such, accent lights tend to be low in power. Generally they are less than 25 watts except for accent spotlights which can be 35 to 75 watts.

Because of their low power, accent lights can also be small. A simple torch style accent light is 5.5 inches wide and can attach conveniently to the bottom of a deck railing. Placed thus, it provides a pool of light just large enough to take the edge off the darkness.

Other accent lights are even narrower, some as narrow as 1.5 inches. These can be attached to porch railings. Again, they are directed downward to provide a small pool of light, defining the perimeter of a space.

Accent lights can also be used along stairways, providing just enough illumination to show where the steps are.

The more powerful accent lights are used as miniature spotlights, some as small as three inches high by two inches wide. Some are designed with stakes to set them in the ground and swivel heads to angle them upwards to provide just a little extra light or definition to an area. Used judiciously, they can add a bit of drama to the flower bed. The spotlights can be used to focus illumination to highlight trees, bushes, or even the texture of walls.

Other accent lights can be attached to walls and angled down to provide a little extra light at ground level. Angled upward, they can extend the vertical space just a bit. These types can be used along decks as well to provide a little more illumination than their smaller cousins.

Other accent lights can be attached to walls and angled down to provide a little extra light at ground level. Angled upward, they can extend the vertical space just a bit. These types can be used along decks as well to provide a little more illumination than their smaller cousins.

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