Garden lighting adds an alternative dimension to your garden; extending the day is just part of it – outdoor lighting can provide a totally different view from the daylight perspective, be it for the summer barbecue, or as an alternative to closing the curtains on cooler, damper evenings.
Part of the garden lighting design process is about choosing and applying creative garden lighting effects – then the task is to achieve a beautifully lit garden without seeing the light fittings, so skill in choosing the correct garden lights for the deck, terrace and features as well as outdoor lights for the house is the counterpart to artistic exterior lighting design.
Most landscape lighting today is low voltage, and with good reason. Unlike 120-volt systems, it’s safer to work with and less costly to install. And though low-voltage lights receive one-tenth the power, thanks to a step-down transformer, there’s no limit to the effects they can achieve, from ethereal moonlight beamed down from a tree canopy to a subtle glow that washes over a low garden wall. More than just picking the right hardware, a pleasing lighting scheme is also about artistry.
Luminate the garden stairs with lights and create an exotic ambience.
Float tea candles in a water-filled birdbath to create a mini firepit. On windy days, set tea lights in clear glass votive holders in a dry birdbath so they won’t wobble.