Outdoor Lighting For Your Home

MINIMISING LIGHT POLLUTION

Before you make the decision to floodlight your entire garden, first it is an idea to measure it.

You don’t want to over light it and add to light pollution.

Tips for minimising light pollution include the careful positioning of lights, so they don’t glare outwards from your garden and instead just spotlight what is underneath it.

SHADOWING

Clever use of spotlighting can help build up a layered effect. If you have an interesting shape, like a statue or a planter you would like to spotlight, you can also create an elegant shadow behind it.

LIGHTING DRIVEWAYS AND PATIOS

Edges of pathways and driveways can be lit, firstly to provide a practical level of safety, to ensure that you can see where you are going in the dark.

But secondly, they can also be used to create a truly beautiful ambient look.

FEATURE LIGHTING

If you are stuck for where to place your exterior lighting, then illuminating the features in your garden – i.e. any statues or other notable features such as masonry or any garden seating you may have, is always a good way to start.

A garden swing or decorative pot, could be illuminated with some very small LEDs or fairy lights, for example.

THE ROCKERY

If you have a rockery, then lights can be placed on the ground, between the rocks to create an interesting shadowed effect.

We would suggest the use of small LED lights (link to post 2), which can fit unobtrusively in the gaps in your rockery or bedding plants, to illuminate them beautifully at night.

GARDEN STEPS

Any steps or low walls in your garden would benefit from having some lights present in both the recesses, so you can see where the drop is and along the perimeters.

We would always recommend lighting on external steps, or indeed any other area where there is a sudden change in height or depth.

WATER LIGHTS

Putting lighting next to your water features, fountains and ponds is great way of accentuating them.

It is in particular, a very pretty way of highlighting running water and remember – the lighting does not only have to be white.

The use of coloured lighting, around running water, will add some nice touches to your garden at night.

TREE LIGHTS

Don’t forget your trees to add a truly magical feel to your garden!

Fairy lights can be added to trees and bushes, to emphasize their height and beauty.

Hanging lights can also be placed on trees, as well as other tall features.

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