Five Advantages of Lighting Up Your Landscape

Landscape lighting, with its incredible range of products and applications, is a surefire way to improve your property and increase enjoyment of your green areas, whether you are inside or out.

The yard, garden and architectural features of a property, no matter its size, can be a source of great pride and for good reason: it’s usually a big investment of time and money. So why enjoy this critical part of your residence only during the daylight hours?

Below are five advantages to lighting up your landscape with a little advice from our experts.

  1. FLEXIBILITY: You can slowly and gradually add in more lighting features as your time, budget or exterior space allows — it’s all in your hands! Lighting up a single tree or adding path lights can usually be done relatively quickly and will provide a dramatic difference immediately.

    “One of my personal favorite benefits of exterior lighting is the fact that you can easily add, update or move it as you please. It does not require one immediate purchase or decision – but rather it is a gradual process, reducing stress from both a cost and decision standpoint” said Doug Prexta, Hinkley’s Landscape Sales Manager.

  2. ECO-EFFICIENCY: LED technology is the backbone of any landscape lighting plan and will provide long-term cost-savings and almost zero maintenance. Not only does LED lighting expand the lifetime of a bulb, but it also uses at least 70 percent less energy than traditional lighting.

    Heather Garret of Heather Garret Interior Design thinks LEDs are the perfect landscape lighting solution, “Energy efficient lighting is a must for eco-conscious homeowners. Now that the options for LED lamping mimic the luminous feeling of incandescents, we no longer have to choose between beautiful light and energy efficiency” she stated.

    “Now that the options for LED lamping mimic the luminous feeling of incandescents, we no longer have to choose between beautiful light and energy efficiency.”

  3. INCREASED SECURITY AND SAFETY: Eliminate the dark areas of your home’s exterior for added security and safety. A well-lit exterior not only decreases the risk of crime, but it also reinforces safety in hazardous, injury-prone areas.

    Doug Prexta reinforces how important it is to have lighting in high-risk areas, “By adding lighting to the darkest areas of your yard, you can prevent crimes like burglaries and vandalism. Outdoor steps, drop-offs or areas around pools are smart choices to place lighting to prevent injuries.”.

    “Illuminating the driveway and walkways enhance safety and create ease of entry for visitors.”

  4. EXTEND YOUR LIVING SPACE: Crafting a well-lit outdoor living area creates a multi-dimensional home that can be enjoyed day and night. Today, an outdoor living environment is becoming a must-have for every homeowner.

    “Being able to see outside at night is a wonderful way to enlarge the feeling of the size of the property. The exterior becomes an extension of the interior,” said Katie Lydon of Katie Lydon Interiors.

  5. IMPROVED HOME VALUE: With a bit of pre-planning, path lights and exterior lanterns together can make your house stand out from the others and be the talk of the block. Well-designed landscape lighting will reinforce aesthetic appeal and make your home look more sophisticated and well-maintained.

    “Landscape lighting amplifies the overall look and unique features of a home. A well-lit home is more  appealing to the eye, and can mean the difference between a prospective buyer making a home purchase,” said Doug Prexta.

Check out all of Hinkley’s landscape lighting solutions here.

Perfect Outdoor Lanterns

Helpful Hints and Stylish Solutions

Adding or updating outdoor lighting can make your home look more sophisticated, orderly and well maintained. And that translates to curb appeal, which equals improved home value. Win/Win! To get you started, we put together a few of the basics in this short video to make selecting your perfect outdoor lanterns super easy:

There are more lantern designs and styles available than ever before so explore all of the possibilities but remember to keep the architectural style of your home top of mind.

Our style experts broke down the most popular types of residential architecture and paired them with some of their favorite Hinkley lanterns. Scroll through to discover our Hinkley hints for choosing exterior lighting that will add curb appeal and value, while creating a fabulous façade. If you want to see more Hinkley Style, check out our homepage where we break it all down for you. Get ready to make the neighbors jealous!


The timeless Traditional never goes out of style and features elegant exteriors with stately details. Choose lanterns with classic lines for a warm, inviting exterior.



The Modern minimalist reinforces a chic bold style with clean, contemporary lines. Layer in contemporary lighting that adds visual impact.



The new kid on the block, Transitional architecture has gained popularity with its streamlined façades. Add outdoor lighting that merges the best of traditional and modern design.



Coastal inspired facades keep exteriors looking crisp, fresh and simple. Adding lanterns with nautical details creates sophisticated and cohesive curb appeal.



Craftsman architecture places an emphasis on elegant lines and rich, distinctive wood elements. Choose rustic-inspired lighting with unique details and bold finishes.


Inspired yet? To find your perfect outdoor lanterns, view our entire line.


What’s the Right Lighting Style, Type and Finish for You?

It's As Easy as 1-2-3!

  1. What’s Your Style?First, start where interior designers do: assess your personal style and the kind of environment you live in. Your home should be a reflection of your individual taste and personality while merging together the lighting, furniture, art and accessories you love. We suggest that you begin by choosing a lighting style category first so you are starting with the right silhouette from the get-go. Take a look at our products by style to get started.
  2. What Type of Lighting Do You Need?Secondly, think about your lighting needs and the requirements of a particular space. Powder room lighting, for example, will be different from kitchen lighting. So take the time to assess and research what combination of ambient, accent, task and decorative light you may need and the fixtures that will best accomplish it.
  3. The Finish LineLastly, consider the finish. Hinkley offers over 100 different finishes to complement a variety of interior and exterior lighting styles as well as appliances and plumbing. Don't be afraid to mix and match if it all flows together. A finish can make a strong design statement on its own, so if you aren't sure of the exact shade or tone check it out in person at a showroom or request a sample.

Enjoy our video on how to select lighting and see how fun the process can be. Once you've narrowed down your options, we recommend visiting a local lighting showroom. This will  let you view the fixture first hand, get comfortable with the quality and allows you to work with a lighting expert, ensuring you make the right selection for your home, your style and your lighting application. A showroom is also the perfect place to pick up your copy of Hinkley's latest catalogs to take home and peruse, if that’s your cup of tea!

Landscape Lighting Techniques and Tips


C'mon, admit it! We all do it: on an evening drive or leisurely walk after dinner it is fun to admire the welcoming glow of different homes. What makes one house stand out from the others?  It’s often the remarkable effect of well-placed landscape lighting. Here is every need-to-know method for lighting up the night and making your home the talk of the block:


Path lighting is used to enhance dynamic landscaping elements such as flower beds, shrubbery and borders while safely illuminating pathways.

CREATING THIS EFFECT: Path lights are staggered around the walkway to create pools of light that illuminate a safe passage to the home’s entrance.


Grazing emphasizes a textured surface (such as a tree trunk, a stone wall, climbing ivy, etc.) by placing a landscape light source within one foot of that surface and aiming the light beam parallel to that surface.

CREATING THIS EFFECT: Spot lights are placed beneath each stone pillar to create dimension, complementing the home’s entryway.


Wall washing is a landscape lighting technique that refers to the general illumination of a wall or surface.

CREATING THIS EFFECT: Spot lights are placed along the front of the home to create a soft wash of light.


Shadowing is an effect created by placing a landscape light source in front of an object and projecting a shadow onto a surface behind the object.

CREATING THIS EFFECT: Spot lights are placed directly in front of the tall bushes, producing shadows which are projected on the home’s face, creating an interesting and inviting façade.


Uplighting is a landscape lighting technique that illuminates an area, surface or object from below to create a focal point in the landscape.

CREATING THIS EFFECT: A spot light is aimed at the tree in the foreground while the front of the home remains relatively dark.


Also called backlighting, silhouetting is a landscape lighting technique used to dramatize an interesting shaped object.

CREATING THIS EFFECT: A spot light is placed between the tree and the front of the home. The spot light is aimed at the front of the home creating a dramatic silhouette of the tree.


Step and brick lights can be used in masonry and wood constructions. These landscape lighting fixtures are designed to safely illuminate stairways and walkways.

CREATING THIS EFFECT: The steps are gently illuminated leading up to the doorway to ensure safely. STRIDE RIGHT: Reduce the danger potential around your household by adding LED step lights to illuminate multi-level decks, entry steps, patios and wheel chair ramps.


Step, brick and hardscape lighting can be used in masonry and wood constructions. These fixtures are specifically designed to provide safety and accent lighting while creating a warm atmosphere.

CREATING THIS EFFECT: A surface mounted deck sconce is placed on the wall above each step to illuminate a safe entryway to the deck. A hardscape fixture under the bench, coupled with deck sconces mounted to the corner posts create a soft glow.


Nuvi landscape fixtures feature exceptional dimmable horizontal illumination, perfect for diverse mounting applications. Available in three finishes, its solid vinyl alloy construction is suitable for harsh environments as well.

Ready for more? If you enjoy a good DIY project, enjoy our video about landscape lighting techniques to find out how easy it is to install landscape lighting on your own! Landscape Lighting Made Simple

Outdoor Lighting for the Home


The warm glow of a front door lantern has welcomed people home for centuries. Look for a lantern style that complements your exterior, reinforcing the architectural elements for a smart façade that yields ample curb appeal. Brightening the entrance and exit points of your home makes security sense too, by deterring unwanted visitors and ensuring a safe passageway when laden with packages, keys and mobile devices. Typically homeowners install either one lantern (we recommend it appear approximately 1/3 height of your door from the street) or if space allows, two lanterns (about ¼ the size of the door) that are placed on either side to complement the entrance.

For long porches that run the length of the home (lucky you!), consider placing a series of hanging lanterns to illuminate this area for a warm and inviting appearance.

For more helpful tips and suggestions for finding the perfect lanterns to add flair to your facade, watch our video on selecting outdoor lanterns - Lighting Made Simple: Perfect Outdoor Lanterns.