Traditional Landscape Lighting

Traditional landscape lighting is durable and functional. It is purpose is to light the area it points at. With the exception of lampposts, it does not draw attention to itself.


The ground-mounted spotlight is a staple of traditional landscape lighting. Often in cast aluminum with a bronze finish, traditional spotlights do their job unobtrusively. With a tempered glass lens and an adjustable head, a standard spotlight can be angled in any direction you like and should last for a good long time.

Well Lights

Well lights are another standard of traditional lighting. They are sunk into the ground and covered with a sturdy grating to protect them from foot traffic. They usually come with a durable convex lens and a 50 or 75 watt bulb. They provide just a bit of light at the ground level without glaring into the eyes.

Deck Lights

Traditional deck lights are again low key and functional. They attach to the wall or railing and are almost flush with it. Their vented hoods direct the light downward, keeping the glare away from the eyes. The wattage tends to be quite low-usually 12 watts. The purpose is not to illuminate an entire area but the perimeter only. It's just enough to keep you from tripping.


Lampposts are where traditional lighting is allowed to shine. The traditional lamppost is black or a dark copper or bronze. The casing sits atop the post or hangs from an arm at the top. It generally consists of 4 or 6 glass panels arranged in a square or hexagon but tapering somewhat toward the lower end.

The glass itself tends to be "seedy glass," that is glass in which air or gas bubbles have been entrapped. This helps diffuse the light so it doesn't glare without blocking the light too much. The glass is sufficiently transparent to allow you to see the candelabra style bulbs, which are also traditional.

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