Your deck or patio is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors and spend time with family and friends. One of the best ways to get the most out of your deck, porch, or patio is by illuminating the space. A well-lit backyard has an inviting atmosphere and the space can be enjoyed long after the sun goes down. Here are a few easy ways to light up your outdoor living space.

Hang String Lights

While many homeowners think of string lights as the lights around their holiday trees, they can also be used in a variety of configurations to light up the deck. Try draping them around a tree, wrapping them around the deck railing, or stringing them over your outdoor dining space. To add some personality as you light up your outdoor living space, choose string lights that complement your space with interesting shapes and colors.

Add Motion-Sensor Lights to Light Up Your Outdoor Living Space

Motion-sensor lights are a great way to light up outdoor spaces while also improving your home security. These lights can be adjusted in sensitivity so that they don’t light up for small animals but do power on when you step outside or if someone is in the backyard. These lights are also great for elderly adults who might need to step outside briefly but can’t see well enough with a porch light.

Keep Bugs Away With Tiki Torches

To light up your living space in the summer when mosquitos and other pests are out, use citronella torches or candles. These help to set the mood outdoors, while also emitting a scent that bugs dislike. There are many different types of citronella products, from tabletop candles to large torches that are placed in the ground. If you don’t like having an open flame, there are also battery-powered mosquito traps that provide light and keep bugs away.

Light Up Your Outdoor Living Space With a Fire Pit

One of the best ways to light up your outdoor living space while also improving the ambiance is by installing a fire pit. Fire pits come in a variety of styles, and you can use a standalone wood-burning model or a propane-powered fire table that provides a perfect space for conversation while offering warmth. When you are adding a fire pit, make sure it is at least fifteen feet away from anything flammable, including your home, trees, and patio furniture.

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