Garden Lighting Ideas
Let’s be honest if you live in Britain then the chance to make the most of your outdoor living space can be a bit limited. However, there is nothing quite like a little alfresco living and with the right furniture and lighting you can turn the outdoors into somewhere you’ll be keen to spend more time.
Garden Lighting Points to Consider
The first main consideration when lighting your garden is the size. You may well have grand plans and a vision of a beautifully lit outdoor oasis but if your garden is not of the same scale as your ambitions then you may want to reign in your designs. Very often with lighting, perhaps especially outdoors, you can achieve more with less. Outdoor lighting is about accentuating subtly existing features rather than making your garden bright enough to be seen from the space station!
A second key point to look at before you get started is to consider what existing features you already have in your garden to work with. If you’re lucky enough to have a pond, pathway, rockery, statues or trees then all of these are good candidates to be lit up at night. A good way to get an idea of how these features may look when illuminated is to run a long extension cable into your garden and attach a spot light. You can then light up the various elements of your garden and understand how they may look. If you do try this trick then it may be a good idea to warn the neighbours beforehand. Otherwise they may be somewhat alarmed by the lights moving around your garden and you could have flashing blue lights illuminating the front of your property accompanied by several policemen.
Five Easy Garden Lighting Ideas
Below we share five simple ideas that almost anyone can use to light up their outdoor living area. All of these looks can be achieved by using products supplied by Sherwood Lighting. If you would like any help of advice then simply get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to assist.
Make Your Greenery Shine
A simple and elegant look often found in hotels, especially those abroad, is to illuminate garden borders and trees. It helps create a pleasant ambient lighting effect and can help your garden feel much bigger than it actually is. The look can be achieved fairly easily and cheaply with ground lighting or spike lighting.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have decking, or indeed the space to install it; however decking lights not only look great they can be relatively inexpensive too. They also have the added benefit of being a useful safety feature, clearly marking the edge of the decking so people don’t accidently stumble off.
Bollards is not just a word used when you want to swear and there are children present, they are also a very attractive and practical form of garden lighting. Garden bollards are available in a range of heights and finishes which allows you incorporate them into your existing garden design.
External Wall Lights
Perhaps the easiest to install option on our list, external wall lights can create an attractive feature whilst also being a safety benefit. They can be used to illuminate features of your home or light up porches and doorways. Up and down lights can be especially effective as they cast a good spread of light and can be used to brighten garden borders.
Outdoor lanterns are a simple yet elegant way of lighting porches, pagodas or other outdoor structures. There are lots of designs to choose from so whether your style is modern and contemporary or more traditional you won’t have difficulty finding something suitable.