Bright Ideas for Garden Lighting Design

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Bright Ideas for Garden Lighting Design

Josh | July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Proper lighting can add colour and elegance to your garden, aside from making it easy for you to walk around after night falls. Lights can also add drama to the scenery, depending on how you position them. However, before you begin lighting up your garden here are some of the things that you should take into consideration:

Light up the path

A well-lit pathway makes your garden safe. Apart from preventing you or a guest from stumbling in the dark, outdoor lighting can help keep anything – strangers and animals – from trespassing in your garden. You can use solar garden lights to illuminate paths and stairs, since these are very easy to install and do not require complicated wiring. Installing light for safety reasons doesn’t mean you’re going to disregard the aesthetic value of garden lighting, though.

Highlight the plants

Effective lighting can highlight the best parts of your garden – your plants. The easiest way is by simply pointing a spotlight to certain focal points. You may also want to simulate a 3D effect by lighting from different directions. Play with shadows by shining light from behind.

Illuminate water features

You can draw attention to water features, such as a small pond or fountain, by lowering underwater lights into them. With a variety of colours, these lights can make the water sparkle while illuminating the fish and other inhabitants. You may also want to try out different lighting positions to see how their effect will enhance the look of the rest of the garden.

While your garden may appear cheery and alive during the day, the darkness of the night can make it look dull and gloomy. Adding proper lighting can make your garden area maintain its beauty all day round. Before installing, though, make sure your garden lights come with anti-glare features. You don’t want to blind, albeit temporarily, anyone who steps into your garden. If you’re not sure how to do it right, let Oakleigh Manor help light up your garden.