Should you hire a professional for your landscape lighting project, or do it yourself?

As with any home improvement project, you can choose whether to do it yourself or to hire a professional instead. Often, it takes an experienced eye to decide on the best lighting fixtures to use to highlight the elements of your garden, and although doing it yourself may mean the initial costs are less, choosing to do it yourself may end up costing you more time and money.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional

  • A professional will help you to develop a certain look for your space
  • Keeps your project on budget
  • Saves you time on research
  • Helps to avoid costly repairs
  • A professional may better understand lighting systems and wattage needs

Although hiring a professional makes your landscape lighting project more straightforward, with a bit of research and time, doing it yourself is very possible.

When starting a DIY landscape lighting project you should bear the following in mind:

  • When it comes to path lighting, remember less is more – you’re not installing runway lights for an airplane landing!
  • Be sure to clean the surfaces of your lights and check for burned out bulbs at least once a year
  • Add color and texture to your garden by placing lighting near plants
  • Don’t simply light your home’s exterior – this can look unnatural and bleak
  • Create shadows by placing spotlights in front of your house close to the foundation

Have you started your own DIY landscape lighting project? We’d love to hear your results!

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

Private Garden at Sunset, Autumn

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.