Buying Guide

Best Outdoor Lighting for Your Yard

Safety and Security Lighting
Garage door being illuminated by outdoor security light.

Improve your home’s security with these types of outdoor lighting:

  • Security lights such as path and flood lights are activated by motion sensors. Add motion sensor lights and timers to customize when and how the lights are turned on and off. 

  • Solar lights allow you to not have to remember to turn on the lights before you leave the house.  

  • Dusk to dawn lights turn on automatically when they sense a lack of sunlight (dusk), and turn off when the sun begins to rise (dawn). 

  • Dark sky lights are outdoor lights that have a less abrasive glare. These lights minimize unnatural blue light and must be fully shielded.

Here are some of the best ideas for safety and security lighting placement and fixtures:

  • Garage
  • Backyard
  • Walkway

Popular fixtures:

  • Flood Lights
  • Path Lights
Path Lights
Path lights lighting the way securely.
  • Install pathway lights along the walkway from your driveway to your entryway to ensure a safe walk for you and your guests. 
  • One patio lighting idea is to use these types of lights to illuminate a path from your back door to your backyard. 
  • If you have a direct walkway to your patio from your front yard, to use these pathway lights to brighten the way.

Flood Lights
Flood lights with a security camera mounted on a brick surface.
  • Flood lights can illuminate a stairway, dark garage or entryway making them a great safety and security lighting option.
  • They discourage intruders and light the way for you and your family when you return home after dark.
  • Position LED flood lights at least 9 feet from the ground so they cast a wider beam of light and are not readily accessible.
Landscape Lighting
Landscape lighting along a walkway.
  • Add landscape lights like outdoor wall lights, post lights or flush-mounted lights to highlight the beauty of your home and surrounding landscape. 
  • Adding wall lights and outdoor ceiling lights to the outside of your home can accentuate architectural features, illuminate your door or porch and make guests feel welcome.
  • Flush-mounted lights installed in the decking are designed to be walked on without damage to illuminate stairs, benches and railings for safer walking at night.
  • Install well lights, spotlights or uplights around flowers, shrubs and trees to highlight their beauty at night and give a sense of depth to your landscape. Look for weather-sealed lights to ensure long-lasting beauty.

Here are some ideas for landscape lighting placement and fixtures:

Landscape Lighting Placement:

  • Walkway
  • Garden
  • Trees
  • Shrubs


  • Walkway Lights
  • Well Lights
  • Spotlights
  • Path Lights
  • Deck Lights
Decorative Lighting
Outdoor patio covered in decorative lighting.
  • Some of the best outdoor lighting to create the perfect atmosphere for a party or the right ambiance for a romantic evening are rope lights, string lights or post lighting around a patio or pool. 
  • Post lighting along your driveway or walkway can also add style while welcoming visitors. Stagger lights to avoid an “airport runway” effect.

Here are some ideas for accent and decorative lighting placement and fixtures:

Accent and Decorative Lighting Placement:

  • Front Door
  • Porch
  • Patio
  • Pool


  • Wall Lights
  • Lanterns
  • Pendant Lights
  • Post Lights
Power Options
Solar powered lights on wooden outdoor stairs.

There are three outdoor lighting ideas to consider for powering outdoor lights: solar powered, line voltage and low voltage.

  • Solar powered lighting requires no wiring but must be installed where the fixture will receive plenty of sunlight (at least 6 to 8 hours) to provide illumination at night. Installation is easy and solar lights are perfect for illuminating areas where power is inaccessible.
  • Line voltage lighting operates at 120 volts, the same voltage as the appliances in your home. Installing these fixtures outside requires the use of conduit to protect the wires and an electric junction box, rather than an outlet, to power the fixtures.
  • Low voltage lighting operates at 12 volts, making it safer to work with, more energy efficient and easier to install and move. Components include a power pack or transformer, low voltage cable and low voltage outdoor lamps.

Finding the best outdoor lighting for your home will depend on a few things like location, budget and style. We're here to help you make the right choice for your needs. Ready to find the supplies you need in your local store? Use The Home Depot app to locate products and check inventory. We'll take you to the exact aisle and bay.