LED HardscapeLighting

Lighting creates the mood you want your family and guests to experience. From your home’s entrance and pathways to the street to backyard patios and lounge areas…TCP Lighting comes in all the choices you’ll need to keep your home beautiful, safe and energy efficient.

Hardscape lighting illuminates the man-made features used in landscape architecture, like paths, retaining walls, and patios. Common hardscape lighting fixtures include pathway lights, flood lights, and spot lights.

While hardscape lighting design and landscape lighting are both types of outdoor lighting, landscape lighting can also light vegetated features, like shrubs, trees, and garden plots. Hardscape lighting is specially designed for the man-made portions of your outdoor space.

For example, step lights are considered hardscape lighting because steps are not a natural feature of your space. Landscape path lights along a grassy path, however, are considered landscape lighting. Together, landscape lighting and hardscape lighting can create a beautiful lighting system that makes your outdoor space as impressive as the inside of your home.

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TCP offers a wide variety of hardscape lighting fixtures and bulbs. These LEDs last for decades, stand up to outdoor environments, and add high-quality style to your yard, patio, pool, or deck.

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What is Hardscape Lighting?

Hardscape lighting illuminates the man-made features used in landscape architecture, like paths, retaining walls, and patios. Common hardscape lighting fixtures include pathway lights, flood lights, and spot lights.

While hardscape lighting design and landscape lighting are both types of outdoor lighting, landscape lighting can also light vegetated features, like shrubs, trees, and garden plots. Hardscape lighting is specially designed for the man-made portions of your outdoor space.

For example, step lights are considered hardscape lighting because steps are not a natural feature of your space. Landscape path lights along a grassy path, however, are considered landscape lighting. Together, landscape lighting and hardscape lighting can create a beautiful lighting system that makes your outdoor space as impressive as the inside of your home.

LED Hardscape Lighting

If you want hardscape lighting at home, consider LED bulbs to save money on your energy bill, protect the environment, and cut back on maintenance hassles.

LED hardscape lighting can include retaining wall lighting, wall washing, pathway lighting, and lighting for any other man-made feature in your yard. You can even use integrated LEDs to streamline your hardscaping for a polished and cohesive look that is also hassle-free.

TCP’s Energy Star rated energy efficient light bulbs last on average an entire 24 years longer than incandescent bulbs. Rather than dealing with burned out pathway lights once a year, you sit back and enjoy your LED path lights without a second thought to the next time you will need to replace them.

LEDs are able to last so much longer than incandescent light bulbs, especially when paired with a low-voltage light fixture, because of their conservative energy use. TCP’s LEDs use 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb. Those energy savings aren’t just good for the earth—they’re good for your wallet, too. You won’t believe your energy savings when you get the next bill! The energy savings will pay for your initial investment in no time.

Landscape LED Lighting

While landscape lighting and hardscape lighting are technically different, both types of lighting are important when developing an entire, cohesive lighting system for your outdoor space. When designed correctly, outdoor lighting creates a warm and welcoming place to enjoy the outdoors, even after the sun has set.

For example, you may use hardscape lighting to illuminate a retaining wall in your back yard or garden. Then, you can use landscape lighting to accent shrubs, plants, and flowers for a complete, finished look.

Whether you are looking to design your front yard to increase curb appeal, or decorate your back patio for entertaining friends and family, TCP’s outdoor LED light options are the best way to ensure high-quality, attractive, and energy-efficient lighting for your home.

Pathway Lights

Pathway lights can be an eye-catching statement leading guests to your front door, or an understated staple meant to blend into the rest of the yard while providing visibility for safety and comfort. Whichever you choose, TCP has the right bulbs to make sure your pathway lights look and function exactly as you want them to.

When choosing bulbs for your pathway lights, and in general, for any outdoor lighting, it is a good idea to choose a bulb that can stand up to a wet environment. These lights don’t necessarily need to be heavy duty, just designed to withstand rain and outdoor moisture. TCP offers a variety of wet location light bulbs, including a white bulb and a clear bulb.

Line Voltage versus Low Voltage Fixtures

Low voltage and line voltage fixtures are both commonly used in outdoor lighting, like landscape and hardscape lighting. Low-voltage lighting uses a transformer and is most often used when you want to shed light on a difficult-to-reach area. Line voltage lighting is more typical lighting, and does not require a transformer to deliver power to fixtures.

So which is best for your space? Every outdoor lighting system is different, so we recommend working with one of TCP’s lighting experts to ensure the perfect fit. But these are some general tips to get you started.

When to use low voltage lighting:

  • Wherever it is challenging to run a standard-voltage wire from power supplies
  • Display lighting applications
  • Most sprawling landscape lighting systems

To confirm the type of lighting you will need for your landscape or hardscape design, contact a TCP lighting expert!

Hardscape Lighting Ideas

Hardscape lighting gives you a great opportunity to get creative with your outdoor lighting design. All the hard work you put into designing your outdoor space, patio area, and landscaping can still be appreciated and enjoyed after the sun sets with stylish and smart use of hardscape lighting.

Try Wall Washing for a Gorgeous Glow

Your garden walls are a focal point during the day, so why let them fade to the background at night? Using wall washing lights, you can create a glow along the wall that draws the eye from one end of the wall to the next.

When the eye moves around a space, it feels more connected, warm, and inviting. During the daytime, this can be achieved easily—at night, using retaining wall lighting helps guarantee your outdoor space is welcoming, even in the dark.

Natural Light… At Night?

You may not automatically consider it when designing a lighting scheme at night, but if you have an outdoor fireplace, this warm and natural glow can serve as a source of natural light.

Working with the fireplace as a focal point, the rest of your hardscape lighting can be designed to emphasize and complement the beautiful warmth of your fireplace.

Try using accent fixtures with warm bulbs to emphasize architectural features around the fireplace, like the hearth, foundation, and decorative molding.

Pathway Lights: Stand Out or Fade In

When choosing pathway light fixtures and bulbs, you have options. You can either choose lights that will fade into your landscaping for a subtle yet functional pathway of light.

This route can be stylish, too—especially if your outdoor space leans toward minimalism. There are a wide variety of eye-catching, bold pathway light fixtures to choose from, including industrial-style, farmhouse chic, modern contemporary, and more.

And don’t forget about the bulbs! Coordinating your bulb warmth with your design style and the tone of your hardscape materials makes the space look upscale and unified.

Light Up Your Night Swim

When it comes to safety, swimming pool hardscape lighting is one of the most important categories. The surrounding surfaces become wet, so it is especially important to see where you’re walking at night.

But the benefits aren’t simply functional—beautiful pool lighting makes for a great poolside experience, day or night. Pool hardscape lighting is great for adding warm ambiance and style on top of its functional benefits.

For safety, we recommend installing bulbs on all elevation changes and steps. For ambiance, try angling all your hardscape fixtures toward the ground and your landscape fixtures upward to promote relaxation and coziness.

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