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Fireplace Lighting Ideas – Uplights & Downlights & Strip and String Lights

Fire pits and fireplaces are a common addition to any outdoor living area. Let's look at several methods for highlighting certain features.

Fire Pit
Fire Pit is popular in outdoor area

Principle of Lighting Up a Fire Pit Area

What factors should we consider while selecting the fire pit or fireplace's lighting design?

It's a good place to hang out after dark and chill. We should create an ambience that encourages people to gather around the fire pit at night. As we all know, it's a relaxing spot. We don't need a lot of extra light in this space because of the fireplace. So you are most likely going to illuminate this entire area without using too much other lighting fixtures.

To maintain balance throughout the space, we want to be able to view the fire pit and receive light surrounding it. Here's how to make both happen.

Fire Pit with Strip Lights
Using Strip Lights to Illuminate the Stone Around the Fire Pit

The LED strip lights may be installed beneath the stone around the fire pit. These strip lights may be set evenly spaced apart. The stunning stonework surrounding the fire pit is then visible thanks to the strip lights beaming on the side of the fireplace.

Three different tasks are being carried out here by the strip lights.

1) You are placing a marker to indicate the location of the fire pit.

2) You draw attention to the stonework on the fire pit's side.

3) In addition, it illuminates the side pathway.

String lights are one of the effective method of illuminating the fire pit area. The bulbs are evenly distributed on the wire, you don't need to worry about uneven lighting.

At the same time, the light of the line lamp is soft and not dazzling, which is very suitable for surrounding directly above the fire or sitting area.

Without really shining any light into the fireplace area from the outside, we can still obtain light into the fire pit area.

How? The solution is uplighting. The trees and other objects above the sitting wall or the surroundings can be illuminated with uplights. The area can be illuminated by the reflected lights. Wall wash lights are ideal for stone walls because they increase the amount of light coming down and make it simple for people to concentrate on the lighting area.

The most warmth may be provided to the area by installing your fire pit on a patio or pavilion. A pleasant and inviting atmosphere is created at night by mounting directional downlights on the pavilion and beaming light downward or casting light in the right area.

Fire Pit with downlights
Fire Pit with downlights

The campfire should be used for gatherings and resting, as was already described. A welcoming environment encourages guests to stop by, relax by the fire pit, and really appreciate their evening.

These downlights also add some excellent depth to the area and help this yard feel a bit more private. Additionally, these lights produce a very natural effect that mimics moonlight at night.

How to highlight a fire pit if it is in an open spacious backyard? – Combination of Uplights and downlights.

Without a doubt, fire produces a good quantity of light. Only using fire lighting, on the other hand, will make the fire overly noticeable and out of tune with the surroundings.

Fire Pit with uplights and downlights around
Fire Pit with uplights and downlights around

We may utilize both downlights and uplight on the nearby big trees to draw attention to the fireplace without making it stand out excessively. As a result, it's a really lovely and cozy area to sit at night and host visitors.

How can we decide the intensities between the down lights and up lights to mix and match well in the fire pit area?

Many various factors affect it. You must determine the ideal level of illumination so that it is neither too soft nor too dark, nor too bright nor too harsh. We wanted to make sure that all of the seating space was visible to our guests. If the lights look excellent from a distance as well as when you are inside them, that will be perfect.

Tree Uplighting
Tree Uplighting

According to the size of the tree's trunk, we must choose the appropriate quantity of uplights. To make sure that the trunk is adequately lighted from all angles if the trunk is very thick, we will need to add extra uplights.

For instance, we need three uplights for a large oak tree and one downlight for the seating area.

If a tree just had one major viewing angle, we could only use two uplights to create a balanced, attractive appearance while staying under budget.

Few are required for downlight ornamentation; they offer a lovely little punch and accomplish the job without being overused. We advise using more than one downlight since odd shadows might occasionally result from installing only one downlight. In order to create contrast and enable the light to travel outward, it is necessary to illuminate the region from two distinct angles, which results in a better, softer look without shadows.


Additionally, check to see that no one is being directly illuminated by a down light or that the up lights are not glaring.

Hide the Light Source

It's crucial to integrate the lighting into the surrounding environment. Always aim to notice only the lighting effects and never the fixture or light source.

The light source and glare should be as much as possible covered by turning the shroud. And to assist conceal the light source, utilize a hex baffle.

Light Shroud
Light Shroud

With down lights, a shroud and a hex baffle are frequently necessary since they can produce a little amount of glare, however rotating the glare shield can achieve a lot. Hex baffles or glare shields are inexpensive investments that are worthwhile.

Hex Baffle
Hex Baffle

After the system is set up, go over it at night to check that the lighting source has been adequately hidden because glare may damage a well-installed system.

Mind the Distance

Lights should be placed in a safe distance from fire
Lights should be placed in a safe distance from fire

What is the distance between the lighting fixture and the fire pit, then?

How far should we keep them away from the fire considering melting concerns and other hazards if they come closer to it? It depends on the material. For example, if your fire pit is made in stone, the lighting fixture needs to be placed farther away from the fire pit than a foot.

Since the majority of the lights are made of solid brass and stainless steel, they will be adequately protected as long as they are kept out of the direct line of the fire, particularly on the side.


There are a few important ideas to bear in mind while lighting a fire pit.

People may safely enjoy the space with or without a fire by installing down lights around a fire pit.

People will gather around a fire pit if the surrounding area is lit. This may be accomplished by placing uplights close to nearby rocks or trees.

To avoid early fixture deterioration, keep fixtures away from the direct heat of the fire.

With strip lights, you may also light up a fire pit or its surroundings.

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