How Lighting Can Transform Your Garden
Whether your garden is large or small, lighting can really make a difference to it. It makes your outdoor space a much more pleasant area in the summer months, when the days turn into nights and you’re sat around the patio heater. However, there are so many different types of outdoor lights to choose from, that it can be overwhelming to decide. Here’s everything that you need to know about how outdoor lighting can transform your garden.
Types of garden lighting
Before we move on to design, we have to first understand the different types of outdoor lights that are available on the market. Firstly, there are lights that are connected to your mains power source. These are often much brighter than the alternatives, and are the best option if you need outdoor lighting year-round. LED lighting is the most energy-efficient choice, as the bulbs last much longer and a 4 watt bulb gives out the same brightness as a 25 watt standard bulb.
The second option is solar lighting, which is charged by the sun during the day. They’re not as bright as mains powered lights, but they can add a level of ambience to your garden. Solar lights are much easier to install, as you don’t need to worry about cables – some of them even have a panel on an extension cord so that you can place the light in a shaded area, and have it charging in the sun.
The third option is candle light. Obviously, candle light is designed to look romantic and create atmosphere, rather than light up the entire garden. Tealights look great, but they only last for 4-6 hours so for light that lasts longer, place a larger candle in a windproof lantern. Scented candles can also keep insects away, which is ideal if you are spending extended amounts of time in your garden.
Designing Effective Garden Lighting
There is lighting to suit all different sizes of gardens. LED bulbs come in different colours, which can help a small garden to look bigger – a cool light fixture will make your garden look airy and bright. In a small garden, you don’t want your lighting to be too intrusive. Recessed LED decking lights look great if you have a decking area, as they allow you to see what you’re doing without taking up any extra space. For a larger space, you can allow your lighting to be more decorative. Wall lighting looks great, and can add a lot of light to the area. Ground spikes offer easy installation and they are mostly weather-proof, which can only be a good thing when you live in the UK!
Top Tips for Outdoor Lighting
- Place up-lights under buildings, trees and shrubs – it looks great and doesn’t distract the eye.
- Keep your decorative lighting subtle – it shouldn’t go too over the top. String lights look gorgeous.
- Use the features of your garden like trees and ponds, and draw attention to them with your lighting.
- Fit security lights by your entrance and you’ll feel much safer!
Lighting can really make your garden into a space that the whole family can enjoy. Invest in a BBQ and a good set of table and chairs, and you’ll find yourself spending more time outside than in!