The Beginner’s Guide To Choosing Landscape Lighting

If you have no idea where to start when it comes to buying outdoor lights, this post is for you. For many people, outdoor living spaces are becoming an integral part of how we live, with a wealth of options to help illuminate our gardens. From deck and pond lighting, to well lighting and path lighting, there are a multitude of options to consider. So why is landscape lighting important?

Installing landscape lighting not only enhances the beauty of the features in your garden, whether that be architecture, fountains or paths, but it also increases the value of your home, adding to its aesthetic appeal. Having good landscape lighting also prolongs the time space in which you can use your garden, and ensures its safe and secure.

When choosing the best type of landscape lighting for your garden, you need to consider a number of factors. For this reason, first timers choose to work with a professional landscaper who is knowledgeable about the best types of lighting for your garden as well as methods for installation.

Of course, you can do it yourself without any help from a professional, but you’ll need to familiarize yourself with each type of lighting and how they work first. Low-voltage landscape lighting is easy to work with and doesn’t necessarily require professional installation for this reason. For low-voltage lighting, you’ll also need to purchase a low-voltage transformer.

Choose whether you want to install halogen lighting, which produces a higher intensity light which is very bright and white, fluorescent lighting, which produces very little heat, while giving off cool, visible light, or LED lighting which is long lasting and energy efficient. LED lighting is quickly becoming the favorite for this reason, although keep in mind that the upfront costs are more expensive than for halogen or fluorescent lighting.

You should also familiarize yourself with where to place lighting for the best effect. For example, it’s usually best to place path lighting between one and two feet from the path to illuminate it. Ground lighting may be enough to highlight the path, or you might find you need a combination of high and low lights for the best results.

If you are unsure of the best lighting to use and how to install it, consult a licensed professional. If you’re looking to buy outdoor lights, check out our website, or contact us for more information.

4 ideas for DIY Outdoor Lighting

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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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4 tips for spooky Halloween lighting

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Want to know the key to creating a spooky outdoor Halloween setting? Lighting and a creative imagination. Whether you’re looking to send shivers up the spine, or create a fun, playful scene, we’ve listed our best tips to decorate your garden in true Halloween style.

Use flood lights for atmosphere

Flood lights are great for creating broad light across an area, or highlighting a specific feature. Pointing the spotlight at props such as skeletons and tombstones will make them glow in the dark for maximum spook-factor! Check out our range of floodlights.

Remember your Halloween path lights

Halloween path lights are perfect for nighttime, as well as having the added benefit of ensuring people don’t trip over decorations or cords. Halloween is the number one excuse to run around and have fun, but it’s important people are safe and can see where they are walking. We have a whole section of path lights on the website.

Make the most of pumpkins

Like Santa Claus, Pumpkins only make an appearance once a year, so why not make the most of them while they’re here and decorate your garden in true Halloween fashion. Whether you opt for a real pumpkin carved by your very own hands, or a plastic glow-in-the-dark alternative, no Halloween scene is complete without one!

Put everything on a timer

If you plan to spend Halloween indoors watching scary movies, you probably want to limit your trips out into the spooky darkness as much as possible. Using an outdoor timer means you don’t have to remember to turn everything on (and off). These also come in handy around the Christmas season too. Shop timers on our website.

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