Lighting Effects and Types of Fixtures

outdoor tree at night with lighting in itGet the guidance you need to maximize the function of your outdoor spaces with landscape lighting effects.

We light all your outdoor areas, including paths, pools, decks, cooking areas, lounging, and other entertainment spaces. At Nightscapes LED we will design your low-voltage outdoor lighting considering beauty, functionality, safety, and security. 

Our professional landscape designers take special care to bring the hidden beauty out of the darkness so your neighbors will stop and stare. 

Not sure which lighting type and fixture is right for you? 

We understand that it can be confusing to choose which lighting type and fixture will work best for your needs. At Nightscapes LED, we install LED (light-emitting diode) and incandescent lighting fixtures. After our initial consult, we will work with you to provide low-voltage energy-efficient lighting ideas in a variety of styles, colors, and finishes.

There are 3 main types of lighting. The vast majority of the lighting we install is LED.

LED Lighting: This type of lighting is brighter, more energy-efficient and cost-effective, low maintenance, and longer-lasting. LED lighting has no UV (ultraviolet) emissions.

Solar Lighting: Solar lighting uses the sun's rays to charge a battery that provides lighting at night. It is cheap and requires no wiring or transformers, however, the lighting is very limited and extremely dim, and unreliable. Low-voltage lighting provides a lighting quality, beauty, and function that is leaps and bounds above solar. Low-voltage lighting is simply in a completely different class. Also, it is a myth that solar lighting is eco-friendly. The fixtures do not last and end up being thrown into the landfill with their toxic chemicals.

Incandescent Lighting: This type of lighting is being phased out in favor of LED lighting for numerous reasons. However, we often use incandescent lighting, such as string lighting, in spaces where the ambiance is needed.


Lighting fixtures come in numerous designs, shapes, colors, and finishes.

Most fixtures that we install come with a limited lifetime warranty. Below are examples of different types of fixtures along with their uses. 


Let us help you sort through all the options and design a plan unique to your needs.

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