Planning your garden lighting:
- Decide what exterior objects or areas you want to light.
- Select appropriate lighting techniques (listed below).
- Choose the fixtures and accessories that give you the desired effect.
- Choose the power supply: solar, battery, low voltage.
- Select the most appropriate bulbs for the job.
LEDs are the ideal choice for all residential, commercial, and industrial outdoor or garden lighting needs. They are fantastic for outdoor use as they offer all the same benefits as indoor LEDs and reduce maintenance work and replacement costs that makes owning outdoor lights such a pain!
The fixtures and lamp strengths should be selected according to the mature size of the plant or the size of the hard-scape area to be illuminated. Well-lights are extremely effective for aiming up a tree or column.
They should be located 600mm – 1200mm from the trunk base of small ornamental trees to light the canopy. Or for mature trees, close to the base and positioned so the light grazes the side of the trunk and illuminates the structure of the upper branch.
Types and styles of lights you can utilise:
- Solar stake lights. Solar stake lights in the garden are a great option because they’re flexible, so you can move them around with ease, and they’re incredibly easy to set up and use. …
- Recessed decking lights.
- Sleek outdoor wall lights.
- Fairy lights.
- Hanging lights.
- Table lighting.
- Strip lighting.
It’s all about direction.
In up-lighting, landscape lights are mounted below or at ground level, shining the light upward.
As a rule of thumb, warmer colour temperatures are used to highlight architectural elements (between 2500k-2700k), however cool white colour temperatures between 5500k-6000k may be chosen for a higher level of security.
Need some ideas? Here’s 16 of them…
- Highlight trees. Whether illuminated from below or given presence by a light mounted in the tree itself, trees make stunning features.
- Use up-lights.
- Have a focus.
- Combine beauty and function.
- Vary the fixtures.
- Stick to warm light.
- Mix up different lighting styles.
- You don’t have to limit yourself to just one type of lighting.
- Up-light trees to create a moonlight effect.
- Illuminate walkways.
- Sprawl light orbs across the fence.
- Light up water features.
- Plant tiki torches.
- String lights up tree trunks and branches.
- Create shadows with spotlights.
There are plenty of alternatives to power garden lights without having an electrical outlet installed in the yard. Like using various types of solar garden lighting fixtures, battery operated lighting, Bluetooth operated lights, battery-powered outlet, wireless LED motion sensor lights, and real or LED candles.
Hopefully, this has sparked your creative juices enough to get you out into the garden and plant some lighting!
You never know, it might just become your favourite evening escape place 😉
As always, sing out if you need any assistance!