Garden lighting is unfortunately too often forgotten or becomes an afterthought when planning a garden. Treat yourself to some Garden Lighting, you can then continue to enjoy your garden even during the evening when your patio and garden is lit up – it makes a great difference. Generally you want to be looking at a fairly low brightness! Plan well before buying!
The function of the light
When choosing lighting, one of the most common mistakes made is choosing the lighting based on the style. Although this is uppermost in our minds because we want them to complement our garden we must consider the functionality and location. Try and maintain a balance between being functional and creating an atmosphere. So think – what do you want and why?
Once you have decided on the location and the functionality of the garden lighting you can then start to look at the types of lighting available.
There are choices for all places
Let’s think about our trees – there are the solar fairy lights which are quite cheap to buy and easy to use or the solar ground spike type around the trees – the beauty of using these is that can be moved around.
Very welcoming is lights along the pathway – again using solar lights on spikes that are easy to install by just pushing them into the ground along the edge of the path. You may want to consider the lights that shine down. (Multiple) swivel heads make it possible to control and adjust the direction of the light beam. For walls and planters look for lighting that has upward and downward beams that give a very nice effect. For security lighting it is handy to have a built-in-motion sensor type. Note that they also detect cat or dog movement. Novelty lighting – we have a range of novelty solar lighting that adds a quirkiness to the garden. Small animals, and birds etc. take a look they also make great gifts.
Be careful when making your choice for LED lighting also on the type of lamp for which is suitable. LED lighting is growing in popularity but not all lights (or transformers) are suitable for this. Halogen lamps are maybe currently more favourable. LED lamps are more expensive to buy but are cheaper to run and often last longer. They are considered to be safe as they generate very little heat.
There are light differences
The colour (hot/cold) and the power of light can make a big difference in the garden. If you want to light up a particular object in the garden (accent lighting) you will need a greater intensity than if you are just looking for atmospheric patio lighting. Also the angle of the light beam has the final effect and can differ per lamp style.
The technical choices
You can simply opt for garden lighting for high or low voltage or solar lighting. The latter is possible to be used for several hours of atmospheric lighting. But is less suitable when the amount of light really matters – in addition the control options are limited. LV is easy to apply and is relatively safe and high voltage should always be used under guidance for safety purposes.
A misconception is that 12 volts would be more economical than 230 volts. Economy has to do with the wattage. At 230 Volts a ground cable with a steel jacket is required (min. 60 cm burrow). The disadvantage is that it is best not to install it yourself, the advantage is that you do not need transformers and everything else is standard.
Good lighting costs money
Garden lighting has to last as it is an all year rounder and can be facing the elements such as bad weather and (sea) wind. Also acid wind has a great influence on the paint or material of the fittings. The better the lighting the higher degree of water resistance and made of better materials and will therefore cost more. So this is something to bear in mind when planning! A ‘cheaper’ alternative is fine as long as it is a conscious choice. If you have chosen this option with the ‘aim’ to upgrade at a later date, make sure that the correct preparations are done.
A few tips
- If you still do not know what you want to buy but you are planning to carry out some work in the garden – lay some cables in the ground and put a loop here and there so that at a later date outside lights and sockets can be connected.
- Think in advance about the location of outlets and also outside switches (possibly in the form of time – twilight switches) so they can be placed out of sight.
- Take a multicore cable so you can connect the garden lighting to different light switches. This way, you can regulate the lighting by areas.
- Don’t bring too much lighting into the garden. Balance the whole with both light and dark spots.
- Be friendly – always consider the neighbours – don’t upset them by too many bright lights.
There is therefore so much choice in lighting – check out our website and see for yourself.