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.

Simple Steps to Creating Your Own Backyard Pond

A backyard pond isn’t merely desirable for the serenity it adds to your landscape ambience, it’s also showcases how man works in harmony with nature. Water is nature at its very best, arguably, and creating anything with water as its theme is sure to be associated with tranquility and peace. It can also bring a family together for DIY projects. Working towards a single result is one of the best bonding mechanisms known to the modern world.

Building a backyard pond is not a complicated project unless you desire a more professional look which will require the work of an expert and some additional money. For simple ponds, the projects are DIY jobs that any averagely dexterous human being can accomplish. It may require some amount of heavy digging and lifting and a whole lot of squabbling, but this is one family project you will never forget!

The Structural Aspects

First, identify the area and mark it off with a rope. Set an outline of ground limestone to define the limits of your water garden. After digging to about 16 inches and gouging a hole for the pump, rake mason’s sand evenly. Lay geotextile fabric and a fish-proof rubber pond liner to form water-tight layers for the catchment area. You can choose elevations based on how high you want the waterfall that feeds the pond; you can even decide what kind of stones you want to line the pond – or what ornaments to use for an authentic fairy tale look. This aspect is often the most crucial because it defines the tone of your garden.

The Functional Aspects

The next step is to check the functional features of the pond: the gradients, water-tightness, pump and hoses, overflow drainage, water inlet, etc. This is essentially the engineering side of gardening, and it accounts for ‘all systems go’ on your water project when you throw the switch for the first time. This is often seen as a tedious requirement for the proper working of a water garden, but once you understand the mechanics, you will find it is not difficult.

Creating water systems that thrive amongst the greenery of living organisms is a thrill that can only begin with a simple project like a pond – one that involves elevating water up to a high place and letting it run down the course you’ve set.

For more information on creating beautiful water ponds for your landscape, visit your local nursery and purchase some handy guides. Every garden enthusiast has one element he adores, and water gardening is right up there among the most popular.