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We know that a dining room chandelier can make a room sing. Well, adding backyard lighting can be just as helpful in setting a mood and making a statement.

Since most of our outdoor entertaining will happen at night, a critical and final step to our recent patio makeover was to add outdoor lighting and ambiance. I’m excited to show you how we selected a fire pit, hung outdoor string lights, and added safety lighting to our trampoline area.

Before I show you the backyard lighting, let’s briefly recap just how far we have come.

If you missed the backyard reveal, here are the daytime before and after images.

 

BEFORE BACKYARD MAKEOVER

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DAY TIME AFTER 

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More Reveal Pics

While this space is a dream come true, I knew I could make it even more magical at night.

The products mentioned in this blog post are sponsored byFerguson Showrooms, but the opinions are 100% my own.  Also, this post contains affiliate links which means I may receive a very small commission on purchases, with no extra cost to the consumer. 

The Backyard Lighting Plan

Here are the ways that we could envision improving our backyard lighting situation

-First and foremost we wanted a new fire pit.  Ours was tiny, old, broken, and seemed out of place with our other upgrades.

-Also, I’ve always dreamed of installing string lights in our backyard.  My plan was to use a system of removable (read Home Owner’s Association approvable) poles to suspend lights above the round sectional.  Additionally, lights strung around the deck would be fun too. 

-Finally, as a safety feature, we knew we needed more light near our trampoline area.

Backyard lighting and Ambiance- The Fire Pit

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We debated a gas vs fire pit for weeks.  I truly think both options would have been great, and here are the pros and cons as we could see them:

Pros to a Gas fireplace:

Easy to operate

Less messy

Doesn’t leave guests smelling like smoke

Cons to a Gas Fireplace: 

Generally more expensive

Requires propane tanks

May not feel as authentic as a wood burning, depending on the amount of BTU’s and shape of the burner

Pros to a wood fire-pit:

Authentic and Nostalgic experience

A place to burn our pile of limbs and branches

Less expensive (generally)

Cons to wood burning fire-pit:

More ash mess

More smoky smell

Harder to start

After debating all of these variables, we decided the best fit for us was a wood burning fire pit.  We were especially attracted to this Ferguson Showroom Real Flame 34 in wide Fire Bowl.

 

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Backyard lighting and Ambiance-String Lights

 

 Sometimes the application of a good idea takes a little creative thinking. In this case I needed a way to suspend overhead backyard string lights that didn’t reach all of the way to the fence or the deck.  

I decided to install PVC pipes into the ground and anchor them in cement.  With PVC pipes installed, I could then use conduit pipe as a removable, yet attractive, option for suspending lights. 

HOW TO HANG BACKYARD LIGHTS

Supplies:

Shovel, wheelbarrow, cement, 8 in foam tube, jig saw, black spray paint, black zip ties optional: ¾ in PVC, and ½ in conduit pipe, drill and diamond drill bit and level, String lights (I used 100 ft Ferguson Showroom Party Lights)

Optional: Eye hooks, wire

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Dig a hole lower than your freeze line and make it wide enough to insert your 8 inch cement foam tube.

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Prepare concrete according to directions

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Place PVC pipe in the hole and use a conduit pipe and level to make sure it is set level in all directions. Don’t leave the conduit pipe inside the PVC pipe.

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Paint pipes black and use a diamond drill bit to drill a hole big enough to insert zip ties.

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Once the concrete has thoroughly dried, insert pipes and use another zip tie to secure lights.

You can see that the 100 ft Ferguson Showroom Party Lights were a fabulous addition.

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I also added a short matching 25 foot strand of string lights to my patio.

Backyard Lighting: Trampoline Zone

The lighting around the patio area is a dream, but the other half of the yard was dark and scary.  To remedy this, we installed a solar paneled and motion activated light.  It helps brighten the trampoline at night.

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I’m happy to report that the kids feel it is safer to jump on the tramp during the evening now.

We have really enjoyed using our backyard during the last few months. Once we get back from vacation, we have a goal to host a different family almost every weekend.

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Thanks!

Thanks so much for joining me on this backyard makeover.  It has been quite a journey and my hope is that you may have been able to find a backyard idea that you can take back to your own home.

 

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