2017 Hot Outdoor Lighting Trends

Now’s the time to plan your outdoor landscape lighting. With new advances in LED technology, prices are coming down, there’s more choice and versatility, they’re more energy efficient and last longer than regular bulbs. So, what’s going to be popular in design in 2017?

Blending Indoor and Outdoor Lighting

Maybe you work all day and come home when it’s dark, or there’s only a couple of hours of light left. Now you can light up your outdoors and landscape and enjoy those spaces after dark. Making the indoor and outdoor spaces flow and feel fluid is a big trend. Elements built for outdoor use that look like they could be used indoors are very popular. Floor lamps and pendant lights are surging in popularity and because some of these are easily moved they allow for more versatility in your design.

Don’t focus on just utilitarian lighting. Just as you would use lighting to highlight art and focal points inside your home, outdoor and landscape lighting can do the same for your yard outside. Whether it’s a warm inviting sitting area, a special plant or garden, or a unique feature that really stands out during the day, these can all have special treatments in your design.

Creating outdoor spaces that look like they’re indoor spaces is a big trend. You don’t have to live in a warm climate to be able to enjoy this. Whether the elements are portable and can be moved inside during the winter, or are completely weather proof, technology and new outdoor fabrics are providing a wider and wider array of options at different price points.

Natural Materials

Blending your outdoor spaces into the natural landscapes is out, but at the same time, homeowners are looking for low maintenance options. Lighting that feels stark or harsh may be preferred for security, but now you can combine security and good esthetics. Blending your lighting into rockscapes, among foliage, or coming down from above to mimic moonlight continues to be a popular trend.


This isn’t a new trend for 2017, but the more technology advances, the better professionals are able to provide a variety of lighting options for different areas. Inground or flush lighting is great for pathways, stairs or pool decks. Low lighting that points light at the ground is also great for pathways or highlighting low-growing plants and foliage. LED lighting is available in a variety of colours and fixtures, so whether you’re looking for something classic, contemporary, or more subdued – like rope lighting under the lip of a deck, all these layers provide ambiance and flow from one space to another while providing safety and security. A well lit home is less likely to be targeted by thieves.

Landscape Lighting Ottawa’s professional lighting technicians know how to enhance any type of landscape feature from the pond or pool to the patio and all paths in between. Let us create a seamless look that will invite you outside all summer long. Contact us today!

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