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Outdoor Lighting Buying Guide

Lowe's and the Home 101 team show you how to spice up your backyard with a variety of outdoor lighting options. One of the cool things about having your own place is putting your own personal stamp on things. When it comes to lighting, there are a lot of options that go beyond the simplicity of a bare bulb. A combination of wall-mounted lights and decorative lanterns can bring warmth to any patio, porch, or deck area. Known as ambient lighting, decorative lanterns are mostly mood-setters and make a great touch for a patio party or cookout. On the other hand, some lanterns primarily exist for task lighting - a functional piece of equipment for safety or necessity. The best kind of lighting is both ambient and functional. Another cool outdoor lighting technique is uplighting. It can really make your house stand out. Use uplighting to create a wash of light, soften a space, highlight a specific feature, or create a dramatic look and feel. You can also downlight. Wall-mounted downlights have the benefit of casting pools of surface light around areas like doorways, patios, and steps. Path lighting not only illuminates the obvious areas like stairs and sidewalks - you can get creative and use them as directional lines that draw the eye to areas like your porch, patio, or landscaping. These lights can run on current electricity, or - if you're feeling green - are also available in a variety of solar-powered options. For more outdoor lighting ideas and products, visit HGTV's Carter Oosterhouse shows you the best ways to decorate your backyard with outdoor lighting in this video:
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