Stakes, spikes, and stems are some of the most frequently overlooked landscape lighting accessories, and yet, they can offer a great deal of functionality and even a bit of style in almost any yard. These three terms for lighting mounts actually refer to two types of lighting accessories that are just a bit different from each other.
Lighting stakes and spikes are two different names for small pointed fasteners that are used to secure landscape lighting fixtures to the ground. They generally consist of a metal or plastic point with a small threaded piece on top to which you can attach your landscape light. There are differently sized threadings to mount various types of lights, but some come with adapters that allow you to mount almost any small landscape light on them. In terms of overall appearance, stakes and spikes are intended to be almost invisible, securing the lights in place on the ground, but not changing the general aesthetic of the light or landscaping.
Stems on the other hand are a bit taller and are used like petite lamp posts to hold up small light fixtures up above plants and dirt to make it more prominent in a landscape. When it comes to attaching lamps to the lighting stems, most work in approximately the same way as stakes and spikes with integrated threading. Lighting stems are intended to be more of a stylish addition and can come in a few different colors and finishes to either blend in or complement your space as desired.
Both of these types of lighting mounts can come in variations that offer a couple extra functionalities. Keep an eye out for ground stakes and lighting stems that feature telescoping tubes for adjustable length and others that include electrical components such as an electrical plug or small solar panel for power.