Pathway Lighting: Types and Benefits

July 1, 2020 9:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Pathway lighting is an important consideration to keep in mind when doing your landscaping. It serves both functional and aesthetic purposes, helping you to maintain the safety of your premises while also beautifully illuminating your landscaping and pathways at night.

Here’s an overview of what you should know about pathway lighting in Forsyth County, GA and how an exterior electrician can help you get it properly set up.

Selecting your pathway lights

In most cases, pathway lighting will be low to the ground, as its purpose is to put light on a sidewalk or path, but nowhere else. There are a few primary types of pathway lighting:

  • Spread lighting: Spread lighting lights up a wider area despite being closer to the ground. As such, it can help you illuminate the entire width of your pathway.
  • Step lighting: You can select lights specifically designed to accent steps. This makes it easier for family and friends to see where they’re walking and stepping. You can place these lights in step risers, under railings and on vertical posts.
  • Lampposts: If you’d rather have fewer lights that provide a larger amount of illumination, you can use lampposts instead. Depending on the length of the path, you might be able to get away with just one, or you may still need several. At the very least, you’ll have fewer lights to worry about than if you use short spread lights for your pathway.

Aside from the category of pathway light, you’ll want to consider the color and the material the fixture is made from. Bronze will be suitable for both contemporary and traditional styles of homes, and is capable of withstanding all kinds of weather conditions. Black and titanium are also popular options that can be used for just about any style of home, and won’t need to be polished as frequently as brass. Consider the architectural style of your home when looking at pathway lighting options, and whether they seem to be a match.


The two primary benefits associated with pathway lighting are brightness and safety.

With regard to brightness, it can occasionally be difficult to find pathway lighting that gives you the exact level of lighting you’re looking for. You may find the lighting is too dim, which makes it useless. However, if the lighting is too bright, it could damage the curb appeal of your home. If the focus is more on safety, you might want brighter lights, but if the focus is more on curb appeal, you won’t have to worry as much about brightness.

As far as safety goes, having lights evenly spaced along your pathway will create greater levels of visibility for people passing through the area so they can see where they’re going and if there are any obstructions. This is especially beneficial if there is any ice or snow during the winter months, so people can see and avoid slippery areas. Pathway lighting can also deter pests.

For more information about pathway lighting and its benefits, contact Duke Electric Co. to discuss your landscape lighting in Forsyth County, GA.

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