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.

Our LED outdoor lights are made from heavy duty cast aluminum with either a powder coated or brass finish. Shop now.

The benefits of choosing LED lighting

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Not long ago, there was very limited choice when it came to light bulbs. You would choose a wattage based on how bright you needed the light to be and there wasn’t much else to decide on. After some time, traditional incandescent bulbs became a phase as people started to seek more energy-efficient light sources. LEDs in particular are a far more energy conscious and green system of lighting, and since 25% of the average energy budget goes towards lighting, they are well worth your investment. Here are the main benefits of choosing LED lighting.

  • LED bulbs use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs
  • They produce less heat, and because of their design, remain cool to touch
  • They don’t contain toxic mercury or filament. They also reduce CO2 emissions
  • They are far more durable than other kinds of bulbs because solid state LED technology is vibration and impact resistant
  • They have excellent cold weather performance. They perform well at a low temperature, minimizing fire risks greatly
  • They direct light efficiently. LED bulbs produce highly directional light, sending all the light exactly where it’s needed. More control over beam direction means less wasted light
  • They are more efficient and longer lasting forms of technology they actually last up to 50,000 hours (that’s the equivalent of leaving a light on permanently for three years!)

Shop our LED bulbs now.