Most of us look on our gardens as our "outdoor room" these days so it's natural that we would want to spend warm evenings in the garden instead of stuck indoors. Therefore, garden lighting is a must, not only for safety reasons (you don't want to be tripping up the step with that tray of Prosecco) but also because lighting can transform your garden into a totally different area once the sun goes down. So now you've decided garden lights are for you, where do you start? The first step is to decide what kind of lights you would like in your garden and where they should be positioned to bring out your garden’s natural loveliness.The illusions the right lighting can create are amazing - it can make a small garden seem spacious while a larger area can become intimate and cosy.
Downlighting picks out features such a tree or place above a table to give you more light when you are eating. These are usually wall/fence mounted. Strong up lighting should be avoided in these areas as will tend to dazzle and diminish the overall effect.
What choices are there?
There are a multitude of different lights and lighting ideas out there. Here is a brief guide to our favourites at S W Bishop Electrical. Please click here for more details about lighting effects for your garden and the light fittings you will require to achieve these effects
Path lighting can turn even the simplest path into an enchanting evening walkway. Never put lights too close together, as this can give the effect of a runway. They are also good for safety reasons, bringing attention to path edges and uneven paving.
Uplighting is fantastic for illuminating fences, walls and trees. Throwing light upwards can add vertical emphasis and a dramatic theatre-like feel. This lighting effect can also create shadows from plants which can really set the mood in your garden as well as giving the illusion of space. These can be wall/fence mounted, in-ground or spike.
Water and pond lighting are a must for highlighting underwater objects or designs. Water features are also transformed with a touch of clever lighting. The use of flowing water adds movement to the light and adds a perfect dramatic centre piece to your garden.
Step lighting can look amazing because the geometry of garden steps also makes them perfect for dramatic lighting. Choosing lights without glare is important for safety reasons. These are usually recessed into the step or wall.
For more details on the above options plus some alternative ideas, please click here.
What about the lamps?
Here at S W Bishop Electrical we always recommend mains voltage LED lamps. (see our previous Circuit Shorts on LED lighting here). They are long lasting and energy efficient as welling being much cooler than other lamps so they won’t burn foliage or bare feet. Experiment with coloured lamps for magical effects. Installing garden lighting can be as simple as sticking some solar lights on spikes into your flowerbeds, but if you want something a bit more imaginative, you'll need to employ a qualified electrician.
Of course, mixing electricity with the elements is a risky business and should be carried out by a Part P approved electrician who is registered with a government approved body, such as NAPIT. Outdoor electrics should ALWAYS be RCD protected (see our previous Circuit Shorts about RCDs here
Get in touch
If you would like to make an appointment for a garden lighting design consultation or you would just like pointing in the right direction with some advice, please either call me or drop us a line by clicking here
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