What’s the best lighting for my garden?
When will you use it?
If you want your lighting to add to enjoyable summer evenings, you can play with the kind of lights you put in. Enjoy fairy lights, wall lights and even in-ground lights.
If you’re just concerned with security, stick with solar lighting that will give your garden a glow all night long, dusk-to- dawn bulbs which burn all night long, or floodlights with a built in sensor.
What do you want to highlight?
If you’re proud of how your garden grows, put spike lights underneath trees and interesting plants to create cool shadows and draw attention.
If you want to show off the garden furniture, combine flickering LED candle lights with long strip LEDs set into decking or patios.
How strong should the lights be?
Think about how strong you need your lighting to be. Too bright and you can wash out the garden, annoy your neighbours, and create light pollution. Too dim and you won’t get the full effect.
How much maintenance does your garden need?
Go for cordless lights if your lawn is always being mowed, or you can cut right through the cables. But if your lights are dotted around the house more than the garden, cords are probably fine.
Written by Rebecca Appleton on 29 Sep 2017
Qualified online journalist, specialising in the home improvements and energy saving sectors