Accent Lighting

When it comes to setting a mood on your outdoor areas and functionality, a light is not just a light. With so many shapes, sizes, and styles available, how do you know which are the right ones? Lighting is also something that does not fit into a one size fits all category. Nothing adds the flair to nighttime curb appeal quite like a well-lit and dramatically set landscape or soft tones for mood on a new deck. Light is so much more than just a way to not be in the dark. The right amount of light can give us more energy and improve the way we feel. It can affect our appetite, concentration, and demeanor. The color temperature of lights, measured in Kelvin units, can dramatically affect our surroundings. Warm lights can make an environment relaxing, while cold lights can make it more stimulating. Blue light can suppress the melatonin your body produces, which is the hormone that makes us sleepy.

Spotlights and Floodlights

To the naked eye, these appear to be one and the same. The difference is in how the beam of light is spread. Floodlights typically shine a wider beam and are best suited for larger areas like driveways. Spotlights have a much narrower beam, are used best to highlight a specific landscape feature. Both can be set on timers and motion-activated sensors.

Pathway Lighting

If you are looking to create a dramatic entrance to your house, highlight a paver path in the backyard or spruce up the mundane outskirts of a driveway, then path lighting should be on your list of must-haves. Styles can range from utilitarian to artistic and with prices up to the $500 per light range. This light should be weather resistant and enhance the design of your home. Our experts will look to place these 5-8 feet apart for the best effect and with an optimal light height of 14 inches. Solar power is an excellent option for power.


For old-world charm and a rustic setting, lanterns are a cost-effective way to enhance your outdoor space. They don’t need much space for installation and can complement the architectural design of patios, pergola, and outdoor living areas. They provide a softer accent light that doesn’t distract from other backyard features. Solar power is one of the popular options.

Deck And Step Lights

These are usually built into structures during construction. They are often used to accent a certain feature and make stairs more manageable.

When deciding on the type and location of your lighting systems, don’t leave it to chance. The experts at Nicklaus Landscaping are the #1 rated outdoor living contractor in the area. We will inspect your property and come up with a plan that best fits your lighting needs for specific outdoor areas. Call us today for a free estimate and leave it to us to have your home or business shining bright