Tips and Tricks For Lighting Your Garden

Okay Mr or Mrs Greenthumb, you have spent countless hours toiling in your garden and have been rewarded with a beautiful bounty of shrubs, trees, and flowers.  Everything looks great and you and your friends are outside taking in the whole scene and talking about how wonderful it all is.  Then, the sun goes down.  Looks like it is time to pack up and head in the…not so fast.  If you follow these tips and tricks for lighting your garden, all you need to do is flick on the lights.

Setting the Mood

I remember when I was a kid, the neighbor next door had a nicely landscaped yard and garden.  He had floodlights at the four corners of the back of the house and as soon as you walked out there, that yard lit up like a prisoner was trying to escape from Alcatraz.  Those days are gone my friend.  The plethora of choices that exist today mean you can be a bit more subtle with your lighting choices and still get the job done.  And so you must choose.  Do you want to illuminate a few of your favorite features, or the whole garden.  Will you be entertaining in this area, or simply enjoying the view?  You will definitely want a lit path into the garden so that you can see where you are going, but beyond that, the choices are endless.  Once your choice is made, you can decide how to light your garden.

Lighting the Scene

Many ways exist to light your garden features, and all of them have their pros and cons.  Uplighting is a popular choice which allows the tops of your trees, shrubs, etc. to be featured.  For the more artistic, downlighting will create a shadowy effect from behind the object.  If you really want one feature to stand out, you can light it up with a spotlight fixed on that particular object.  You can experiment with different combinations and effects until you get the look you desire.  Overall, you want a gentle even glow that makes your guests feel at ease and enhances the beauty of your garden area.

A Few More Tips and Tricks

  • Draw up a plan.  Make a diagram of your garden area and decide where you want lights and what effect you are going for in each area
  • Try them out first.  Put the lights where you would like them to be, turn them on, and see how they look!  Then you can move them around if you need to change something before they are permanently installed
  • No one likes harsh, glaring, intrusive lighting.  Make sure you don’t overlap the lighting from different fixtures, or cast light off a hard surface that will cause a glare

So as you see, lighting your garden is more of an art than a science.  Don’t let all of the time and attention you have put into your garden be lost when the sun goes down.  You will find everything you need for a well-lit garden area right here on our site.  Then you and your friends can enjoy your space from sun-up to sun…up!

Add security to your home with landscape lighting

Your home is meant to be a place of safety, security, and comfort.  Nothing can shake that foundation more than worrying about thugs and thieves invading your house  or property.  While there are many solutions to this problem, adding security to your home with landscape lighting or security lights is considered the #1 theft-deterrent by the majority of law enforcement agencies. Landscape lights can remove shadowed areas where thieves might try to hide.  They make your home less palatable to the would-be burglar by making them more visible to the neighborhood.  They also add to your personal security by lighting the path from driveway to doorway, giving you peace of mind as you return home each night.

Securely lit home

There are a few considerations when deciding to illuminate your landscape. The first is the type of lights you will use.  You will need directional lights such as bullet or flood lights.  Bullet lights will light up your trees, shrubs, etc. very effectively.  You can use flood lights to illuminate large areas of your yard or the house itself.  You will want to add some path lights for your driveway and sidewalk areas.  You can use from flower, pagoda, mushroom, or traditional shapes depending on what fits best with your overall theme.

Another consideration is how your lights are activated.  Some have light sensors so that when the sun goes down, the lights come on.  Other lights have  motion sensors, which means if anything from the neighbor’s cat to a prowler approach them they will illuminate instantly.  For you James Bond types, there are lights available with heat sensors which can be set to detect only body heat from human beings.  So if you are high-tech, or low, you can choose an option that fits you.

So you see, while landscape lighting is beautiful, it can also be very helpful in making you feel secure.  Whether you choose just to light that sidewalk from the driveway or light your entire place up like the Vegas strip, you can use landscape lighting to protect your property, family, and home.

Properly Installing your Low-voltage lighting

 

 

Where to mount the transformer

The transformer needs to be mounted next to a properly grounded indoor or outdoor outlet.  It must be mounted at least 18″ above the ground if you are placing it outside.  You can mount it on a wall, fence, post,  or other suitable surface.  Continue reading “Properly Installing your Low-voltage lighting”