Thursday, June 12, 2014

Guest post- How To Light Up Your Garden!

This article is provided by Neil Maycock.

Lighting can completely transform any garden. It enables you to highlight key areas in your garden through the use of clever lighting. Gardens are lovely during the day but it is nice to be able to appreciate them in darkness too. You can really get creative and make your garden come alive at night. Here are some helpful tips and ideas for lighting up your garden.

Light up water features

If you have any water features in your garden you can highlight them with lighting. Then you can enjoy them at night as well during the daylight. Water looks particularly stunning when lit up in the darkness.

Conceal less attractive areas

If there are areas in your garden that are less attractive, you can hide them by being selective with your lighting. Keep them in the dark when the sun goes down. 

Be flexible

Try and be flexible with your garden lighting. It is quite nice to be able to adjust and adapt your lighting to suit different seasons. Keep an open mind and do not be afraid to change your garden lighting throughout the year.

Put lights in trees

Remember lighting does not just have to go on the ground. Lighting placed in trees can look beautiful and delightful. 

LED lights

LED light bulbs are far more energy efficient than standard bulbs. Your garden lighting will not only cost you less but it should last longer too.

Consider a lighting designer

If you do not know where to start with your garden lighting then you might want to get in touch with a lighting designer. They can advise you on the best way to light your garden and guide you through the process.

Spike lights

Spike lights are quite handy for garden lighting because you can easily move and adjust them to create a different effect.

Path lights

Illuminate the path to your house with lights that show people where to go. Not only is this useful it looks wonderful too.

Solar powered lights

Solar powered lights are a popular choice for gardens. They absorb sunlight during the day and light up when darkness arrives. They are an eco-friendly choice for garden light. They come in a variety of different colors and shapes and can make your garden look magical.

Outline flower beds

Using lighting to outline flower beds can look lovely. If you have put a lot of time and effort into creating a beautiful flower bed you might as well show it off. Highlight the most attractive areas of your garden with lighting.

Illuminate decking

If you have decking in your garden then you might want to fit some lighting around it. Put your decking area on display at night with lighting.


Lanterns can be used to illuminate gardens and they come in lots of different designs. Well placed lanterns can really compliment your garden lighting. Whether you want your garden to have an oriental, fairy tale or rustic theme there will be lanterns that will match the style you are looking for.

Underwater lighting

You can add submerged lighting to water in your garden. This creates a unique effect that really makes water features, ponds and swimming pools stand out.

Motion sensing lights

Motion sensing lights are useful for security purposes as well as general lighting. Feel more secure by getting motion sensing security lighting for your garden and the front of your house.

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