Garden lights can be more than just a means to an end. Yes, choosing the right lamp for the job is important and so is choosing the right fitting to house it. But this is an opportunity to think about so much more than how well the lights will blend with the garden materials. Installing garden lighting is an opportunity to give your garden a whole new life – at night.
Well balanced garden lighting is a powerful way to accentuate any interesting features of the house itself, as well as the garden. verandas, decking, sculptures, water features, steps, pathways and pots – by making the most of outdoor lighting opportunities you can highlight their beauty, texture and personality.
A good approach is to consider your garden lighting needs in terms of function – whether it’s for decorative effects, safety reasons or practical such as barbecue lighting so you can see what you’re cooking. Think about which lights can be used to achieve the lighting effects that you require. Do you want to accentuate paths, ensure the driveway is safely lit, highlight specific plants or a garden pergola, or you may want the whole garden bathed in a soft light.
A popular way of designing gardens is to divide it into rooms. Each room is designed to serve a particular function and has its own look. The clever use of lighting can very subtly but effectively alter the experience and aesthetic of each garden ‘room’.
Lastly, if you are installing lights in a new, young garden, it’s important to remember the garden will grow. Professional garden lighting designers know how to locate the lights and cabling in a way that makes the most of the lighting opportunities today while also allowing for future plant growth.