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.

Use Pond Lights to Illuminate Water Features

There is nothing more soothing than a beautiful water feature in a stunning landscape design. Ponds and water fountains grace the properties of those homeowners who desire a reflective surface and a mix of everything nature has to offer.

If you are the illustrious owner of a beautiful water element, you know that lighting is the key to making it stand out to become a key feature in your landscape design. Pond lights are available in a wide variety of styles and colors and they are easy to install. They can be used to illuminate the area from underneath the water or as a reflective ambiance on the surface to provide a stunning view when the sun goes down.

Types of Pond Lights

Choose your pond lights based on whether you want to light a small section of the pond or make it a standout feature. Some homeowners use ponds as accessories and light them dimly to subtly enhance the entire landscape. Others feature water elements and make them the main focus. In these cases, the lights would need to be strong enough to illuminate the entire feature.

For a subdued illumination that lights the surface of the water in a subtle way, select floating pond lights. They float on top of the water and direct light away from the surface while offering a mild glow. These types of lights can also be purchased as submersible LED pond lights. Place them under the water so the light is directed upward creating a unique and slightly dramatic effect on the surface of the water.

Homeowners love LED lights because they last long and are inexpensive to operate due to the low voltage. They also come in many different colors and some offer programmable color settings.

If you really want to highlight a water feature and draw every eye to it, install spotlights. Use them under the water to highlight stunning waterfalls or elegant pond statues. Experiment with different colors to change the look and style of the water. Research the brightness of each light before you purchase so you can match what you want correctly.

Installation Tips

Planning is the first step top any landscape lighting design. Consider first what you envision in terms of style and design. Sketch your plan and include safety limitations, required power and the number of lights. This step is very important and if done correctly, it can save you hours of future headaches.

Uniting water with electricity is not always an easy task. There are many variables to consider from a safety standpoint. If you are at all hesitant or you are a complete novice, consider hiring a professional. If your budget is tight, hire a consultant to help you plan out the details and give you pointers on installing the lights safely. Perform the necessary research beforehand and take extra caution to work slowly.

A lit water feature takes a landscape from ordinary to extraordinary in a short period of time. A few pond lights can make a drastic difference and give you the feeling of landscape luxury you always wanted.