**1. Mix up your landscape lighting** to include recessed, ground stakes and spotlights, instead of just one type.
**2. Light everything around your house, not the house itself.** Focus on plantings, trees, pathways and the lawn to create a soft and pretty layered atmosphere. It’s an instant way to make your yard look sophisticated.
**3. Use motion-sensor spotlights** at side or back entrances for safety.
**4. Hang beautiful, functional fixtures by the front door.** This is the only good spot for a direct down light. It doesn’t shine on the house and won’t cast bad shadows. Plus, it makes it easier (and safer) to rifle through your bag for your keys.
**5. Plan ahead.** Recessed lights are worth the investment (and add to your home’s resale value),
but they should be installed by a professional.