Lighting your backyard is essential for hosting parties, but it can also provide a beautiful look for your space. Work with a residential electric contractor, like those at Thompson  Electric Inc, to find the right setup for your yard, and use these ideas as inspiration.

Step Lights

If your deck has steps leading down to the yard or up to the house, consider adding step lights. These lights sit underneath each step, lighting the path for guests in the dark. You can choose from a range of lighting styles for this project, and you can also incorporate lights around the edge of the deck for added safety as well. Your electrician will run wiring behind each step and under the deck floor for this project. If you are building a new deck, be sure to include your electrician in the project so the lighting can be installed as part of construction.

Well Lights

Well lights are used to illuminate the lawn or walkways in your yard. Use them to create a lit path leading to your home or deck, or add them to flower beds to highlight prized flower bushes at night. These lights should be listed for wet conditions to keep your yard safe, and some designs can withstand temporary immersion in water on stormy days. Ask your electrician which models are ideal for your yard and the climate where you live.


Floodlights can serve multiple purposes. They can light your yard for parties, and they can also help ward off intruders and trespassers by keeping your property lit at night. Use floodlights on the side of your home near the door. If your garage is situated behind your home, add extra floodlights on the side of the garage to provide added security for your vehicle and other items stored inside.

Hardscape Lighting

Hardscape lighting offers a beautiful way to highlight retaining walls, benches, fire pits, and a variety of other landscaping accents. They typically mount onto your outdoor fixtures using brackets to keep them in place, and they can use LED lighting for a bright appearance. This option is ideal if your hardscaping has already been installed and you don't currently have any lighting in the area.

Your residential electrical contractor can wire these lighting fixtures for you, and he or she can also repair or remove old lights on your property. If you'll be adding lots of new lights, ask your contractor to inspect your breaker box to determine whether you need to add a new circuit breaker as part of your electrical project. In some cases, a new breaker will be required to prevent shorts and power overloads.