Have you ever considered the potential value of landscape lighting in your garden?
Do you think of your lawn and garden as an outdoor living room? It really is, you know. Consider all of the activities that take place there – lawn games, barbecues, patio parties, late swims at the pool (if you have one), or just relaxing in the cool of the evening on a porch.
You can make your outdoor living room more enjoyable, more attractive and safer, with garden lights, and outdoor lighting.
Landscape Lighting – A Broad Term
Landscape lighting is a broad term that includes the better known uses of lights at the front or rear of the house, and driveway lights, although landscape lights have many other uses, too.
Let’s go a step further and mention the utility lights that will light up certain parts of the yard for after dark activities, for safety’s sake or to discourage would-be prowlers. These are practical reasons for adding landscape lighting.
Nighttime Lighting Touch
You can also add a nighttime touch of beauty and luxury to your garden with landscape lighting. By installing lights around the patio, garden pools, swimming pool, or even around flower or shrub plantings, you’ll add a greater appreciation of these features.
Patio parties or evening barbecues are more fun when proper outdoor lighting is used. Outdoor lights have a real place in the garden, and they are here to stay.
Several questions will probably occur to you. Let’s anticipate a few of them:
Are Outdoor Landscape Lights Safe?
All known brands of outdoor lights are water and weather-proof and are safe to use. If the protective covering of the cord is damaged it must be promptly repaired or replaced for safety. Of course, solar lighting has no cords or wires!
Avoid overloading any one household circuit. With normal precautions and care, the lighting is safe.
Garden beauty lasts into nighttime hours with the various lighting devices. For example, indirect lights concealed under window boxes can illuminate path and bordering bed and spotlights can accent an ornamental tree.
Are Garden Lights Expensive?
A wide variety of landscape lights are available. You can add units as your budget permits. You can cut costs by planning ahead, then having power sources installed all at one time in the most convenient locations, if your lighting requires it.
Landscape lights are portable in many cases (especially solar – only requirement is the sun for recharging), so that you can move the lights to emphasize or dramatize different parts of the garden or lawn without expensive rewiring or replacement.
Is Garden Lighting Installation Expensive?
Most garden lighting today comes in kits and good instructions (sometimes videos) to make installation an easy project.
Anyone halfway handy can do it.
You’ll get more garden lighting at less cost if you plan ahead. The more time you spend planning, the better lighting you’ll have at less cost.
What to Expect
Now, let’s go back to garden lighting and decide how to emphasize the favorite sections of your lawn or garden. Garden lighting can be either warm and romantic, or light hearted and “happy”.
It can change to match your mood or suit the occasion. Garden lighting can in fact, “set the stage” for outdoor living.
You can use garden lights to dramatize as well as decorate. Flower beds, lawn, garden paths, garden statues, pools or unusual plantings all have extra charm with landscape lighting.
Here are a few tips in planning your garden lighting:
- Don’t try to light the entire area. Select and accent only areas of special interest.
- Keep the lights out of sight by hiding the fixtures behind plants, in trees, and the like.
- Keep the light out of viewers’ eyes by installing it in low, hidden areas, or high above.
- Be courteous to neighbors. Place fixtures so that the light is confined to your own property.
Effective outdoor lighting is a modern touch for today’s homes. To get the most dramatic and exciting lighting results, first take the time to study the problems and requirements of proper garden lighting.