4 tips for outdoor lighting in fall and winter

A well-lit home is a safe home, and when adequately lit, it can help to protect your home, offering you peace of mind. Typically, the exterior of our homes is more of a priority during spring and summer when flowers are in bloom and the lawn is beginning to look lush and green, but it’s important to incorporate lighting all year round. Here are our top tips for outdoor lighting in the fall and winter months.

Don’t overlight your garden

When the nights are darker, many people choose to use more lighting, but it’s important to be weary of overlighting. When the light shines into indoor rooms, this can be extremely distracting, not just for you, but for your neighbours. Ensure your garden is safely lit without overwhelming your eyes too much.

Positioning is everything

The position and colour of lighting have a major impact on overall lighting schemes when it comes to outdoor lighting. Try to be strategic with angling, for example, with path lights, point them away from your house, not toward. Also be mindful of when choosing the colour of your lights not to overdo it.

Create drama with pockets of light and shadow

Rather than blasting an outdoor area with lots of light, creating drama with pockets of light and shadow can be really effective. By positioning the lighting fixture close to the surface – whether that be the bark of a tree or ripple of a brick wall – you will better define features and create depth of field.

Stick to halogen lights on the ground

During winter, particularly snowy months, lighting can be muted or completely masked. If you use LEDs on the ground, they are more likely to be disguised in the snow, so you won’t enjoy all the benefits of the installation. Using LEDs up in the eaves of a home and halogens on the ground is a good rule of thumb.

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Here’s what you need to know about pond lighting

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Whether you’re looking to illuminate a spot, or simply enjoy watching pond wildlife, pond lighting can be a great addition to your garden. Before choosing to install pond lighting, we’ve compiled a list of some of the things you should be aware of.

Mounting your pond lights is a good idea

Pond lights are fairly lightweight and quite buoyant. To ensure your pond lights remain upright and in place, it’s a good idea to mount each one to a brick or piece of concrete. You can do this with a galvanized steel concrete screw and drill.  

Make sure you choose the right bulb

Our pond lights come with a choice of low-voltage or LED bulb. Typically, a low-voltage bulb will last for a few months, while an LED bulb will last much longer. Although LED pond lights are slightly more expensive, they will be much brighter and give a more radiant glow to your pond.

The deeper the pond, the stronger the wattage

Rather than focusing on the size of your pond lights, what really matters is the wattage of your light and how deep your pond is. If you have a very deep pond, you will need a brighter light with a higher wattage to break through the surface of the water. Our low voltage pond light comes with a 20W bulb, while our LED pond light comes with a 12W bulb. Both have the option to add on a bulb with a higher wattage.

Location is crucial with pond lighting

Although there is no right or wrong way to place a pond light, you should play around with the positioning before mounting them. Stand back and admire the way the light shines off of your pond and move them around to get the perfect setup.

Our low voltage pond lights can be fully submerged underwater or left high and dry on land. These versatile lighting solutions are ideal for gardeners with ever-changing landscapes and unpredictable extreme weather. Shop now.

Infographics: The True Cost of Lighting

As you may have read in our previous post, ‘The Benefits of Choosing LED lighting’, choosing energy-efficient bulbs such as LEDs will get you more light per dollar guaranteed. But how does the cost of running an LED bulb compare to using a compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL) or incandescent light-bulb? We’ve scanned the web to find the best infographics outlining the true cost of lighting.

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The first infographic in our selection shows LED lights have the longest average lifespan, have the lowest cost to run over 50,000 hours, and produce the lowest amount of carbon dioxide emissions, although the bulbs are generally more expensive.

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Our second infographic focuses on LED lights, and outlines the fact that LEDs contain no UV, mercury or pollutant and are eco-friendly, last longer and save on energy consumption.

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Infographic three shows lighting facts of LED bulbs, and compares its features to that of incandescent bulbs, halogen bulbs and CFL bulbs.

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Infographic four gives suggestions on the type of bulb you may need for specific purposes, giving reference to fittings, shapes and life spans.

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