Spotlights are a versatile garden lighting choice. You can position them up high to instantly light larger areas, like lawns or driveways, or at ground level to highlight smaller garden features, like plants, trees and screening. They enhance the look and feel of your garden beds to create a magical setting, making even the most ordinary plants or landscapes look dazzling.
Path lights make pathways, lawns and driveways safer by helping you see where you’re going at night. But, they can also have a big impact visually, making your entrances look grander and more inviting. Stake lights are a quick and easy path light option, but there are also bollards if you want something with a bit more style.
Deck lights set the mood outdoors rather than just flooding an area with light. Install them around the perimeter of your deck and use them to light stairs. They help define the space so that people don’t trip, but also add ambience when you’re entertaining. You can even set some deck lights to automatically change colours and create a fun atmosphere at parties.
Decorative lights are a simple and economical way to light up trees and fences. Just hang them around and give your back area an instant facelift. Think about festoon lights, which provide a beautiful warm glow all year round, or colourful party lights when you’re in a festive mood.
Fixed lights are what you install on the outside of your house. They can light up an area instantly, and also add security to your home with motion sensors that automatically turn on when they sense movement, which helps ward off intruders.
Smart garden lights
There are also smart garden lights, which let you integrate and control your garden lighting scheme. You can schedule your lights to turn on and off when you want, dim your lights, design lighting scenes, and create special effects all through an app on your phone.
Electric or solar?
Most of these lighting choices come in electric and solar powered options. So, it’s important to figure out which is going to best suit you and your home.
Electric powered lights are generally brighter than solar. All the power is at your fingertips, and you can control them with timers, dimmers, and switches. They do have to be hard-wired, so it’s best to get a professional to install them.
Solar lights offer a softer more ambient light with less glare, plus the energy is free. Place them in areas that get plenty of sun to charge up during the day. But, if they are in the shade, you can always hook them up to a solar panel. There’s no hard-wiring either, which is ideal for renters because you can take your lights with you.
Light up your garden
Setting up a garden lighting scheme is easy and affordable. Now all you have to do is map out a plan and get creative. Remember, it’s important to not overdo your lighting. Just highlight the features you want to show off and hide the ones you don’t. Less is definitely more.