Easy Lighting for Outdoor Rooms


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Design tip from Lynn Wyndham Morris IIDA, Allied Member ASID, AIA, NKBA, USGBC

Director of Communication, ASID

A Touch of Tradition Home & Garden Shoppe

7313 Carroll Road, Suite D, Sorrento Mesa

760-633-4474 or 619-669-8871


 Lynn Morris is the principal designer for A Touch of Tradition Home & Garden Shoppe (TOT-HOME), a full-service interior and landscape design studio. The shop carries products for the DIY homeowner as well as furnishings, lighting, fabrics, window coverings and accessories. 



Easy Lighting for Outdoor Rooms

As summer days shorten but the evenings stay warm, you can continue to use your outdoor living spaces by lighting them with these quick and inexpensive solutions:

Hang string lights

One of the simplest ways to bring light outdoors is with string lights that can be linked together to create inexpensive and effective lighting. Many stores offer discounts on summer-style string lights that you can install now and keep for several years. You don’t need to purchase the decorative covered style, but if you can, you’ll have added ambience. Be sure to purchase outdoor-rated extension cords to reach from an exterior outlet to your outdoor space.

Use flameless candles

With fire a number-one concern for leafy outdoor rooms, using readily available flameless or battery-operated candles can help keep your home safe. Placing them on tabletops, next to benches and around your outdoor area also will bring in warmth and make the space inviting. Use them alone or inside a traditional lantern or candleholder to suit your style. You often can find them in sets of three for as little as $10, and they come in realistic waxy finishes to mimic the ambience of candles.

Create jar candles

A great way to add light — and recycle glass jars at the same time — is to place sand in the base of jars and create a hanger for the jar with old wire hangers or 20-gauge wire. Simply wind the hanger/wire around the rim of the jar and secure it with a wire twist, then create a hanger (use different lengths for a wonderful effect) and hang them under umbrellas, from fences and trees, and around your table and walkways.

Be creative with candles

Rather than using a standard candleholder, set tapers into a sand base in tall hurricanes, vases or even drinking glasses, and enjoy the look. Don’t want to use sand? Try glass marbles or seashells. Place floating candles in small votive holders or juice glasses at each plate or group as a centerpiece.  If you have time, make your own candles and use seasonal items like seashells and beach buckets as your holder. A simple bag luminary works well on walkways and tabletops and becomes a fun decorating project for children.


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