The three primary types of backyard illumination are safety lighting, which deters prowlers and helps navigation; landscape lighting accentuates garden elements; and accent lighting, which draws attention to the hardscape.
Motion-sensing LED flood lights, which mount to the surface of outside siding or walls and feature two- or three-bulb housing units that turn on only when built-in sensors detect activity in the area, are your best choice for security.
String lighting is a type of low-voltage accent lighting that is used to create a warm, intimate environment, which is ideal for entertaining.
Outdoor wall lighting is a low-voltage, moderately bright type of safety and accent lighting that is primarily used to enlighten and assist navigation in recessed regions of the yard where shadows lurk.
Spotlighting is standard-voltage landscaping lighting that shines narrow, moderate- to high-intensity beams upwards, usually highlighting a plant or ornamental feature.