Whether you are trying to light up your garden path or simply enhance your outdoor space, our garden lighting guide provides lots of useful information to consider for your project.
Effective garden lighting lets you enjoy your garden all year round. As we are heading into Summer, it’s a great time to look at lighting your garden to enjoy the warmer evenings.
There are two main things to consider when designing and installing outdoor feature lighting in your garden – the different types of lights available and where to put them for maximum impact?
Different types of garden lighting
There is a huge range of garden lighting options available, but this guide will focus on two popular options – LED lights and fluorescent outdoor lights.
LEDs are increasingly popular in gardens and outdoor spaces as they can be used almost anywhere. They can be recessed in decking or paving areas or used as effective step lighting, even with different colours and programmes available.
We recommend small, power LED deck lights with a frosted lens. Not only is the frosted lens more durable and protects against scuffing and scratches, but also softens the LED lighting to create a much warmer glow/ambience.
Fluorescent lights are used predominantly for practical purposes e.g. security or flood lighting. Popular lights have 12 volt halogen reflector lamps which are environmentally friendly.
A handy tip for fluorescent lighting is to go for a fluorescent light with a PIR (passive infrared) sensor that can be turned off manually so that it doesn’t waste energy.
Where to put your garden lights?
To create beautiful garden lighting, start by ‘zoning’ your garden. For example, garden paths, bedding plant area, water features, decking areas, and more secluded areas. By doing this, it helps to organise and break things down into more manageable lighting designs.
Once you have zoned your garden, next to decide is what lighting to use in each zone. For example, if you are installing LED lights in a decking area, we suggest to start in a corner then place separate lights along the edge with regular spacing e.g. 80 – 120cm.
If you would like advice on installing garden lighting at your home, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.
A final piece of advice - garden feature lighting will need a qualified electrician to fit. The lighting can work directly from the mains or through a transformer which provides either a 12 or 24 low-voltage current.
If you are unsure as to the size of the transformer you will need for your garden feature lighting, feel free to get in touch and we can advise. We can recommend the more suitable transformer and lighting options for your garden.