Wikipedia defines a patio as “an outdoor space generally used for dining or recreation that adjoins a residence and is typically paved. It may refer to a roofless inner courtyard of the sort found in Spanish-style dwellings or a paved area between a residence and a garden.” My patio is my back yard paved with aggregated concreted surrounded by gardens and flanked by a pond with a waterfall. I have chosen to decorate it with a solar post lamp and a couple of solar deck lights on the deck stair rail.
Your patio may be larger or smaller, but whatever size it is, it has the potential to be a place you go to unwind or to eat your dinner with family or friends. You can choose to add lighting to specifically add gentle light to your dining table or to add stronger task lighting for nighttime reading.
Patio lighting really takes off if you want to get colorful. You can string lights around your patio to create the most festive party atmosphere, even if you’re not planning a party!
When choosing patio lighting always remember to only light specific areas and not spill light and glare into your neighbors yards or into the night sky. Dark sky lighting concepts are as important here as anywhere else you add outdoor lighting to your home. With all of the wonderfully creative solar and dark sky compliant choices, why would you want to install a spotlight on your back door shedding harsh blinding light on your patio table?
The goal of any outdoor lighting is to attain a practical effect, such as lighting your doorstep so you can see clearly at night, or an aesthetic effect, which is accomplished by choosing the right patio lighting that fits your home and personality.