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Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Stone Walls

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Stone walls were once a common architectural feature and are not as common as they once were. Highlighting this interesting feature in your yard with outdoor lighting sets a tone and atmosphere for your outdoor gatherings that many will appreciate. A few outdoor lighting choices for your stone wall can be used alone or in conjunction with each other to bring out your yard’s points of interest and personality.

Outdoor stone wall lighting ideas


One design technique used to highlight particular plants or points of architectural interest is uplighting. Achieve this by placing well or bullet lamps on the ground with the light pointing upward. Adjusting the beam of light to shine on an interesting focal point along the stone wall will show it off. Some examples of interesting focal points are where the pattern in the stone changes, an alcove with a decoration or where you have hung a plant. Bullet and well lamps are fairly simple in nature and not meant to be seen themselves, so a variety of styles are available but less so than other types of lighting.

Path lighting

Path or spread lighting typically lines a track or route through the yard to light the way. While its original intent was safety, path lighting also creates a romantic ambiance with halos of light guiding your sight line. This technique placed along the bottom ridge of a stone wall creates a play of light and shadow that works with the shapes of the stones used in the wall, which is most beneficial for shorter stone walls that separate areas of a yard, say a garden from the lawn, because of the shorter pool of light created by the light fixtures. Path lighting comes in many varied models from lanterns to globes that also range in style to fit nearly any theme.

String lights

String lights lend a festive feel to any space. The seemingly endless variety of styles available and easy installation make these a favorite outdoor lighting choice. String lights have lanterns, exposed bulbs (like Christmas lights), globes or a plethora of other lamp styles spaced along a cord with the intent to hang them from hooks along the side of a structure. This lighting technique also plays on the contours of the stone for a focus on light and shadow. Another reason this is a good choice is that string lights are available in nearly every color, which can complete a backyard or patio theme and provide instant ambiance.

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