Landscape lighting or accent lighting can extend the use of outdoor space while providing safety, atmosphere and space definition. Lighting can also accent areas of a landscape or create patterns and shadows. It is not essential to highly illuminate all areas, but highlight specific areas like steps, entry areas and walkways to eliminate shadows and dark spots. Walkway lights can define the curve of a sidewalk or an abrupt corner. Lights around the perimeter of a landscape can define the area and create transitions from one area to another.
Any well landscaped yard can come to life in the later hours with just a few lights in the appropriate places. Specialty lights can create color accents and glows. Flowers may take on new hues, ponds and fountains have a special glistening, and moonglow lights create a feeling of a full moon every night.