As we begin the fall season, we can look forward to spending crisp evenings enjoying our outdoor living areas. If your space has an outdoor fireplace or firepit, perhaps you are looking forward to cozy evenings unwinding after a long day of work or on the weekend around the fire’s warmth with your friends and family.
Lighting an Outdoor Fireplace
An outdoor fireplace is a unique aspect to any outdoor living space and adding another layer of light makes it even more of a beautiful focal point at night. There are a few different techniques that can be used to light an outdoor fireplace:
• Uplighting: Many fireplaces are made of natural stone. Uplighting the stonework creates unique shadow effects. The light gently crawls up the fireplace not to overpower it or take away from the effect the fire brings.
• Downlighting onto an outdoor fireplace is another popular outdoor lighting technique. If you have mature trees that overhang nearby, this technique provides a unique, natural soft light on the fireplace and surrounding environment. It also keeps the area safe at night for you, your family, and visiting guests.
Lighting Areas Around Fire Pits
Fire pits differ from fireplaces as the structure is open instead of enclosed, creating a campfire-like environment offering more room for seating and entertaining. The ambiance is a little more lively as it encourages storytelling, laughter, and enjoying s‘mores.
Some common techniques for lighting the area around fire pits include using path lights, seat wall lights, or a combination of both. The light on the stone walls and steps creates unique shadows on the rocks…the perfect ambiance for telling ghost stories! Also, having light near the ground increases the safety of the entire area.
Seat wall lighting makes quite an impact around a fire pit, as well, by providing a significant amount of light to the surrounding area.
Ready to light your outdoor fireplace or firepit? Schedule your free consultation with an outdoor lighting designer to discuss your lighting needs. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia has decades of experience creating elegant designs and completing flawless installations. Our team takes pride in creating lighting designs that look great at night! During our free nighttime assessment, you’ll meet with one of our lighting designers to discuss all your lighting needs. Call us today (703) 936-7190 to make an appointment!