When it comes to lighting your home or business’ outdoor area, landscape lights are one of the most important things you can install to take it to the next level. Butler Lighting is North Carolina’s trusted source for your landscape lighting needs. We offer an impressive array of brands, styles, and fixture types. That way, you’re sure to find something that meets your budget and illumination requirements.

From deck lights and spot lights to well lights and underwater lights, our Greensboro and High Point lighting showrooms are stocked with every sort of lighting product you need to take your outdoor space from dark and dreary to bright and beautiful. 

Our lighting consultants offer far more than an extensive product knowledge. They are also design experts who can help you find the perfect lighting to help you realize the full potential of your outdoor space. 

Simply put, when you work with Butler Lighting, you can be confident that you are getting industry-leading products and top-tier design help. Get in contact with one of our lighting experts today and prepare to have your outdoor space completely and utterly transformed. We look forward to working with you.

Landscape Lighting Design Guidelines

One of the most exciting things about lighting design is that it’s incredibly personal and contextual. You should always be able to express your home or business’ unique “personality” and aesthetic sense through your lighting strategy.

That being said, there are helpful principles you can follow to ensure you capture that personality and reflect it in the best possible light. Here are some design principles you may find helpful as you are developing a full-orbed design strategy:


One of the most fascinating aspects of lighting has to do with how lights and shadows can create the illusion of depth, making landscaping features appear closer or further than they actually are. Shining multiple lights on the same feature is a helpful way to ensure you achieve the intended depth no matter what angle your landscaping is viewed from.

Focal Points

One of the ways to boost the appeal of your property is to use landscape lighting to highlight particularly interesting features. Whether that be a fountain, gazebo, shrubbery, or an architectural feature, use lighting to bring attention to that feature. And remember, if everything is a focal point, nothing is.


Striking the right balance when it comes to lighting is crucial. If you have too little lighting, you will fail to achieve your intended effect. However if your lighting is too bright, it can be a distraction and eyesore to those looking at it. Using dimmers or motion sensors can help you achieve a balanced lighting strategy.


While safety isn’t exactly a design principle in and of itself, it’s an absolutely critical aspect to consider when you are installing landscape lighting. After all, landscape lighting plays a critical role in lighting pathways and preventing people from stumbling around in the dark. Not only that, but a potential burglar will think twice about breaking in with bright lights to expose their deeds.

Landscape Lighting Effects

Like any other industry, lighting has its own jargon. In order to have a better understanding of how landscape lighting works, and how to do it most effectively, understanding these terms can be helpful:

Up Lighting

Uplighting is one of the most common techniques of landscape lighting. Exactly as it sounds, uplighting is created by shining a light up a particular landscaping feature, such as a tree or statue. 


This is the opposite of uplighting where the light is shining down from a higher surface instead. Place a spotlight up in your tree and aim it down to wash branches and the ground with light.


This type of lighting is accomplished by highlighting objects through the means of a light source placed behind the item with little to no light in front of it. This allows you to see the shape of the item without seeing any of its distinct features.


This is the exact opposite of the silhouette technique. Shadowing involves shining a light directly on the front of the object in order to project an image onto the surface behind it. This type of lighting is best accomplished with spot or well lights.


Grazing is great for hardscape features like brick walls. Placing a light fixture close to the flat surface and let the light shine up or down, which allows the textures of the feature you’re trying to light to create interesting shadow effects. This can help create an upscale hotel-like feeling.


This lighting technique is about creating an ambient or general lighting type of feel. Place a wide-beamed light at the vantage point to cast a light over the surface of a wall or hedge. The result is a gentle, even light that is spread throughout the entire surface.

Popular Landscape Lighting Fixtures

Just as there are helpful principles to follow when it comes to your landscape lighting strategy, there are certain ways that specific lighting fixtures are designed to be used. Using your fixtures as they are intended to be usually gets you the best possible results.

While there are a wide range of light fixtures you could use to beautify your outdoor space, here are some of the most widely used options and how you can utilize them most effectively:


Spotlights are some of the most versatile landscape lights and have a wide variety of uses. One of their most common purposes is to uplight trees or other fixtures in your yard. They can be used to create silhouettes, highlight features, and create shadows. These lights can support a wide range of bulbs and beam widths, so there’s nearly endless uses for this useful fixture.


While floodlights and spotlights are often used interchangeably, the truth is they are designed for a different purpose. Floodlights have a higher wattage and wider angle. This makes them great for security and illumination. They are best used in conjunction with motion sensors, so that an extremely bright light is not constantly shining and dwarfing the other aspects of your landscape lighting.

Well Lights

Well lights are designed to be low-profile and to illuminate surfaces only a few inches from the ground. In fact, most of the fixture is actually installed below the ground. This is helpful for areas with foot traffic or where lawns need to be mowed. It is also ideal for lighting situations where the beam needs to start close to the ground, such as lighting a column where you want to start at the base.

Path Lights

Path lights are a great way to ensure safe maneuvering through your property at night. However, modern path lights are not just for pure utilitarian purposes. Some of these features are very decorative and add great aesthetic value wherever they are installed. Because they cast their light down and around, they can also be used to light and bring attention to flower beds.

Visit Butler Lighting For All Your Landscape Lighting Needs

Whether you are looking to update one or all of your landscape lights, Butler Lighting’s experienced team is here to help. With over 70 years of experience serving North Carolina, you can expect top-tier customer care and stunning results you’ll love for years to come. Schedule your appointment today.