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A Garden Designer shares 6 things you need to know about outdoor lighting.


As you’re thinking about how to improve your landscape design, don’t ignore one major element: lighting. “It’s arguably the best bang for your buck on any garden renovation,” says Bridget Skinner, a garden designer based in Newport Beach, California. “While it’s not inexpensive, you can just reap so many benefits from it.” 

Skinner has 30 years of experience transforming her clients’ outdoor spaces, and we asked her about all things lighting. Here’s her advice to homeowners looking to elevate their front yard, backyard, or patio. 

1. Consider Your Lighting Priorities

For starters, it’s important to figure out why you need landscape lighting. Skinner says two reasons are the most common for hiring a contractor to install landscape lighting: 


It may be necessary to highlight address numbers or stairs. They are not only necessary for safety but can also make a beautiful addition to your garden. 


Lighting can have a significant impact on the look of your garden. “Particularly in California, where indoor/outdoor living is something we can do almost entirely year-round, having lighting on the outside that highlights…

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