Illuminate your nighttime wanderings with a pathway light. We've rounded up ten favorites that direct light downward to brighten your walkways, gardens, and terraces.
The array of selections on the market make it easy to move beyond the utilitarian pagoda light. The lights we feature require an electric power source and wiring; some include wiring and some don't (we recommend consulting an electrician when embarking on your path-lighting plan). Most lights are available in low-voltage options which are safer, and are easier and less costly to install. For a thorough landscape lighting primer, we recommend the All About Landscape Lighting feature from This Old House.
Above: The Bega LED Garden Pathway Bollard is made of die-cast aluminum, stainless steel, and matte safety glass. The low-voltage LED light is available in two powder-coat finishes: black and silver; $395 at YLighting.
Above: The Rusty Outdoor Path Light is made of Cor-ten cast steel and is extremely weather proof. The light is provided by a low-voltage fluorescent ballast built in the fixture; $450 at Interior Deluxe.
Above: Top on my wish list is Manufactum's Swedish Outdoor Lamp created with three components: the black powder-coated steel Swedish Outdoor Lamp Stand (223€), the corresponding chromed brass Swedish Outdoor Lamp Guard (103€) and the Swedish Outdoor Lamp Connecting Ring and Bulb (€123) at Manufactum. Wiring not provided.
Above: The Hinkley Atlantis Path Light is offered with LED or incandescent low-voltage light options. Available in three finishes (shown left to right): bronze, hematite and titanium; $121.12 (incandescent) and $176.66 (LED) at Lumens.
Above: The Bega Garden and Pathway Bollard, provides soft and even light through a thick-walled crystal glass diffuser. The low-voltage LED light is available in two sizes in either a black (shown) or silver powder-coat finish; $495 at YLighting.
Above: The low-voltage Simplicity Side Mount Path Light provides directed lighting without glare. Made of die-cast aluminum with a textured architectural bronze finish; $101 at Lumens.
Above: The low-voltage Kichler Bronze Side Mount Eclipse Path Light is $93.91 at Lamps Plus.
Above, L: TouchStone's low-voltage Coppertino Light features a steel hood and riser with a ten-year warranty. Available in 5 finishes (shown in desert sand); $96 ($132 for LED version). Above, R: Also by TouchStone, the low-voltage Del Otero Light provides soft outward indirect lighting. Available in copper, brass or galvanized steel; $72.
Above: Made of cast aluminum with a bronze finish, the low-voltage Hinkley 1502 Path Light is $94.50 at Landscape Lightwerks.
N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published September 17, 2012.