In our last post, we discussed some basic methods homeowners can use to make their outdoor lighting more effective through illumination of pathways and sidewalks. If you liked that idea, then you may be looking into taking your walkways from dark and treacherous to bright and exciting. However, you might be at a loss for what type of exterior light fixtures you should utilize. Is post lighting more ideal for your yard? Maybe hanging lanterns near your pathway will splash enough light to be effective? While you can make any backyard lighting work for you, the team here at lighting(one) of Cincinnati has some personal favorites that we recommend starting with. If you need some help, stop by our showroom and talk to our staff!


Sometimes, your backyard might not have enough real estate on the edges of your walkways. Maybe your pathway is on a slant or the soil surrounding it would not be conducive to installing lights. If that’s the case, using the sides of your home can be an effective option to provide exterior lighting. These lights are very similar to security floodlights, as they will be mounted on your home’s exterior, facing the location where you want some more light. These will allow you to splash light across a given area without illuminating too much of your backyard if that’s not what you want.

Traditional Path Lights

We’ve all seen the typical path lighting. These outdoor lights are often found scattered throughout a garden or flowerbed in order to light up the plants when the sun has set. They tend to look like short, compact light posts or umbrella lights. These are often small and easy to install, which means they are a perfect choice if you are looking for ease without risking ineffectiveness. Traditional path lights come in a variety of styles, including solar, traditional, and even LED garden lights, allowing you to find the one that best fits your wants and needs.

Ground Spotlights

Essentially a miniature and inverted version of downlights, ground spotlights are exactly what the name would imply. Often used in front of trees, flowerbeds, or facing the inside of a walkway, this outdoor landscape lighting serves as an upward-facing spotlight that will cast its light into the night sky like it’s calling out for Batman. These tend to cast just enough light across the width of a sidewalk to ensure you can see where your feet are going and avoid stepping outside of the lines.

Pathway lighting is an important part of bringing the entire style of your home together. Lighting is nothing to overlook, which is why lighting(one) of Cincinnati is here to help. As one of the finest lighting showrooms and suppliers in the state of Ohio, we aim to ensure that any homeowner has access to their ideal lighting fixtures. From sconces and chandeliers to garden lights and post lighting, we are sure to have something for you. Be sure to stop by our showroom and explore our wide selection today!