How to save energy on outdoor lighting

Illuminated home garden path patio lights and plants in evening dusk

With fall upon us, we’re met with shorter days and longer nights, which means utilising lights inside and outside our homes. Switching to energy-efficient sources can drastically cut your energy bills, so we’ve put together our top tips to save energy on outside lighting.

Low-voltage lighting is a good option for decorative and landscape lighting. Most of our lights are low-voltage and use LED lamps, which are well-suited for outdoor use and use less energy than halogens. LED lights also last 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Lights that have enclosed fixtures are a great option for outdoor lighting, since they are protected from the weather. This elegant small hat shape fixture provides a circle spread of warm light.

The sun may have disappeared for the most part, but when we’re blessed with the occasional sunny day this fall, you could try solar outdoor lighting fixtures. Easy to maintain and install, solar fixtures work well for lighting driveways and paths and make a beautiful addition to your garden.

You should also be sure to clean bulbs and fittings regularly to avoid them getting dirty, which reduces light input and efficiency.

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4 ideas for DIY Outdoor Lighting

Cabin in the night forest

Making the smallest changes in our homes often have the biggest effects. In this blog post, we’ll talk about the way lighting can transform an outdoor space. And don’t worry, you won’t need to enlist the help of a professional. Here are four ideas for DIY outdoor lighting.

Outdoor patio lighting

Although patio season has sadly passed, there’s no reason you can’t make the most of your outdoor sitting area all-year round. Now that it’s getting dark earlier, it’s best to use multiple light sources for your patio. Try hanging outdoor string lights around the outside of the house, and installing path lights around the perimeter.

LED lights

Not only are LED lights highly efficient and look great, they are also far better for the environment. There are a wide variety of outdoor LED light fixture types available, from LED path and step lights to LED rope and string lights.

Deck lighting

Make the most of outdoor lighting. Think not only about the appearance of your outdoor space, but the safety of the area too. Ensure deck lighting highlights your steps, and install lights around the perimeter of the deck too.

Pond lighting

As with deck lighting, installing pond lights ensures your outdoor space not only looks good, but that people can move around safely at night. Think about adding lights around the pond’s exterior to make the surface or the water flow, or to accentuate a waterfall or other feature. Underwater lighting can also be used to highlight fountains or sculptures.

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Adding a focal point to your garden

Every outdoor space needs a focal point, somewhere your eye will instinctively go and marvel. From planting flowers to setting a pathway through the space or even building a vine archway, here are some ideas to help you make the most of your yard and bring your outdoor design to life.

Flora Residence

Whether it’s a classic white picket fence or a more modern style, a fence not only adds privacy but can also be a distinctive feature. To add flair to the structure, plant large flowers such as hydrangeas that will grow up and around the fence.

Inverness Gardens

Colorful annuals, flowerpots or boxwood hedges around garden beds will add interesting layers to your garden. Don’t be afraid to let your favorite flowers overflow, especially if they complement the colors of your home.

Walled Sacramento escape

Add a wooden bench for enjoying afternoons in your garden, and play with the lighting for an irresistible draw for the eye.

Vegetable Gardens

If you are a traditionalist at heart, an archway covered in vines or climbing roses is the perfect fit for a romantic garden entrance.

Traditional Landscape

A limestone path lined with wild daisies to soften the edges will give your garden playful definition. Try monochromatic plants and concrete pavers for a minimalist look.

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