1. Safety LightingGrab a flashlight and walk your garden at night. Where are you likely to trip? To walk off the path into the darkness? To back the car off the driveway? To need access on a somewhat regular basis (for instance, the trash storage area)? Also look to see if wayfinding is clearly delineated: Think in terms of getting from point A to point B without breaking your neck. Finally, revisit these same points but as though you'd never seen the garden before, then tweak your lighting plan to assure that visitors can safely and easily negotiate the dark as well.2. Security LightingNow look at your yard and consider where you'd like to eliminate dark corners — places where someone could hide or the spot where the coyotes hop the fence. The amount of lighting you need for this function depends on your comfort level and your situation, but it's best to avoid prison-yard levels of illumination. Path lights, subtle style. Path lights are small light fixtures along the edge of a walkway, a driveway or another type of path. There are lots of styles to choose from. Pick a style that complements your garden and house — or pick one that just "disappears" in the landscape. I tend to be fussy about the light a fixture makes, versus looking for a fixture that makes an architectural or artistic statement. Avoid creating a runway effect by staggering light, setting some higher and some lower, placing some nearer and some farther from the path and/or softening the fixtures with vegetation — as in this photo.