Outdoor Living: Fireplace & Fire Pit Landscape Lighting


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Chilly nights like these are perfect for a relaxing evening under the stars, next to a cozy outdoor fireplace or fire pit. Landscape lighting is a great addition to increase the ambiance and safety of your outdoor spaces.

Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits ranked as the most popular outdoor design element for 2016, followed by outdoor lighting according to a Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

If you are looking to create nighttime ambiance, increase the safety, and enjoy more evenings using your outdoor spaces, then exterior lighting is a great addition. Depending on the location and structure of your fireplace or fire pit, different lighting techniques can be used to light your outdoor space. Here are some popular ideas and tips for lighting outdoor fireplaces or fire pits.

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Lighting Outdoor Fireplaces with Stonework

A fireplace is wonderful extension to a patio area. It provides a cozy, romantic ambiance and encourages conversation.

For fireplaces made out of stone or brick, up lighting provides a unique effect. The fixtures are installed near the base and light trickles up the stone or brick, drawing attention to all the intricate details of the hardscape.

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As mentioned in our last post, patios are generally paved with concrete, stone, bricks, or tile. It is best to start planning fixture placement before the hardscaping is finished.

Outdoor lighting is still an option if your patio is already constructed. The installation process is a little more difficult as wire must be installed by drilling through concrete, and hidden adequately. Then, the fixture installation can prove difficult. We recommend hiring a lighting technician with experience installing fixtures into hardscapes.

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Lighting Areas Around Fire Pits

Fire pits differ from fireplaces as the structure is open instead of enclosed, creating a campfire-like environment offering more room for seating and entertaining. The ambiance is a little more lively as it encourages storytelling, laughter, and S‘more eating.

Some common techniques for lighting the area around fire pits include using path lights, seat wall lights, or a combination of both. The combination is used at the lake house fire pit above. The light on the stone walls and steps creates unique shadows on the rocks…an excellent ambiance for telling ghost stories! Also, having light near the ground increases the safety of the entire area.

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Seat wall lighting alone makes quite an impact around a fire pit as well, by providing a significant amount of light to the surrounding area. Here, small fixtures were embedded into the stone wall (as well as the steps of the patio). The fixtures are barely visible during the day, creating a cozy atmosphere for two, or a safe, unique environment for evening entertainment.

If you are just getting started planning your outdoor space, deciding between a fire pit and fireplace is an important decision. Adding landscape lighting to both features extends the enjoyment of an outdoor living area by providing warmth, light, and relaxation. 

landscape lighting designer or specialist will have the experience and knowledge to consider safety, security, and beauty when creating a custom lighting design. Start planning your dream landscape lighting, and spend more evenings relaxing by the fire.

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