7 Types of Garden Lighting to Transform Your Garden at Night
Lighting is often considered to be a key element of garden design.
There are many different types of garden lighting that can be used to achieve different effects.
Some types of lighting have practical uses, such as enabling you to see in the dark, while others can help to create ambience or cast light over a garden feature.
With such a large choice on offer it can be difficult to decide upon the best type of lighting to suit your needs.
In this latest article, we’re looking at 7 types of lighting, including some of the pros and cons of each, to help you decide.
The likelihood is that you’ll probably want to combine a couple of different styles to both set the mood and help you to see.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at our first style of garden lighting.
1. Garden Bollard Lights
Garden bollard lights, as the name suggests, are shaped like bollards.
They are typically used in larger garden areas to light up pathways.
When choosing a garden bollard light, always check where the bollard will cast its light. This is important, as some offer 360-degree lighting, while others will only illuminate a certain area.
As mentioned, these are typically used in larger garden areas, and sometimes driveways, too. They should be avoided in smaller spaces as their chunky appearance is anything but subtle and they can make the area seem cramped.
Floodlights are typically used to cast large amounts of light over a larger area and are therefore often used in a practical way.
Outdoor floodlights can be attached to garden walls, fences or your property itself to light up paths, and seating areas, such as patios.
This type of light is nearly always mains-connected due to the amount of power required to run them.
Floodlights aren’t just restricted to practical uses; another popular way of using this type of light is to fix them into the ground and angle the light beam to illuminate trees and other garden features.
Spotlights are similar to floodlights, but differ in that they tend to cast a narrower beam of light.
This makes them perfect for highlighting features within your garden.
Mains-powered lights are best in terms of brightness and longevity, but solar and battery-powered lights can be purchased, which would be suitable for temporary or occasional use.
Some types of spotlight can be submerged in water, too, making them perfect for garden ponds – they can add real drama to outdoor water features.
Spotlights come in a wide range of colours that can be used to create ambience and enhance your garden’s surroundings at night-time.
4. Spike Lights
One of the advantages of spike lights is that they are typically very easy to install.
The majority of spike lights are either battery or solar-powered, which means that you don’t need to worry about connecting them to the mains. This makes them a great option if you’re looking to keep costs down and they’re also safer to use, making them a good option for families.
The downside to using battery or solar powered lights is that they can often be lacking in power.
Therefore, spike lights are often used for decorative purposes, rather than for casting large amounts of light.
5. Smart Lighting
Smart devices are becoming more and more common in today’s society and lighting is certainly no exception to this.
There are many reasons why people are opting for smart lighting in their gardens.
Smart lights have the ability to be set to come on at a specific time of the day, at sunset or even when you arrive home from work.
They can also be connected to smart hubs, such as Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Home Hub, making your lights voice activated.
You’ll also have the ability to control your lights via a mobile app, so you can control your lights even when you’re not at home.
Smart lights come in a wide range of styles and designs, and can be used for both practical and aesthetic purposes. The best smart bulbs offer a myriad of different colour options to suit your mood.
This technology is only going to be become more commonplace and early adopters are already enjoying the benefits of smart devices.
6. In Ground Lights/Uplighters
A popular form of garden lighting is in-ground lighting. This is essentially a spotlight – or, more likely, a number of them – that is embedded into the ground, usually within paving or decking.
They are also commonly used to mark the boundary of driveways and paths, and some garden designs incorporate their use into the face of steps and walls.
This type of light is purely for aesthetic purposes or marking a boundary, as this form of lighting doesn’t cast much light in order to help you see – much of the light is, of course, cast upwards into the sky.
7. String Lights
String lights have become a popular, quirky garden design feature in recent times and they are a great way to add some light to garden seating areas.
String lights are predominately used for decorative purposes and they can certainly help to set the mood at outdoor dinner parties.
Some string lights cast out more light than others and, like most types of outdoor lighting, mains-powered bulbs offer the highest level of brightness in terms of lumens.
You can, however, find battery or solar-powered string lights, which are perfect for temporary use.
To get the most out of your string lights, hang them along walls, or on a tree branch or a hedge for maximum effect.
No garden design is complete without taking into consideration lighting.
Garden lighting can give your garden a whole new dimension at sunset.
Not only will it enable you to move around your garden safely, but choosing the right type of lighting will add ambience and complement your garden’s features and surroundings.
The most effective garden designs often combine different types of lighting for maximum impact, so don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles.
And remember, if installing mains-powered lights, always get the help of a fully qualified electrician. If you don’t know what you are doing, there is a high likelihood of you causing yourself a serious injury.
We hope that you found this article useful in deciding upon your own garden lighting and we’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions on the types of garden lighting you have in your own home.
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