As you know, one of the biggest garden trends right now is to have lots of lights. Lighting up your outdoor spaces is a great way to get more use out of them. It makes these areas of your home look and feel more inviting. As well as turning them into an area that is practical for you to enjoy at night.
As you can see from this lighting website, there is a lot of choice, which is great, but also a little daunting. With so many options it can be hard to narrow things down and buy the right type for your garden. To help you with this, I have done a bit of research and come up with a few easy to apply tips.
Make a garden lighting plan
It is always a good idea to sit down and plan out your garden lighting. Think about how you would like to use your outdoor area at various times of the year. Taking this approach will help you to quickly identify where you need to place your lights and work out the type you need to buy.
At this stage, it is also worth thinking about how you can use lights to decorate your garden and create the right ambience. Perhaps you have a nice tree you would like to up-light. Maybe you want to install some lights in your pond to turn it into a feature that you can enjoy at night as well as during the day. If you need some inspiration, you will find this post very helpful. It includes more than 20 garden and landscape lighting ideas that you can potentially adapt and use for your home.
It is also worth thinking about security and safety when deciding which areas of your garden to light. That way, if you are opting for hard-wired lighting you can incorporate items like sensor triggered security lights into your garden electric network. When you do this do not forget to include a light for each step that you have in your garden. A surprising number of people injure themselves from tripping over unmarked steps.
Shop for your lights
Once you have a fair idea of what you need you can go out shopping. You can either go out and buy everything at once or gradually light up the various areas of your garden.
Buy from a reputable retailer
As with all electrical items, it is important to buy them from a trustworthy retailer. The last thing you need is for wires to become exposed in lighting fixtures that are exposed to a damp outdoors environment.
Think about running costs
It is important to buy lighting fixtures that are easy to maintain and do not cost too much to run. In some cases, it will make sense to buy the type that can be hooked up to sensors or timers. That way you will have better control of when they are on and off, which will help you to stop them from consuming power unnecessarily.
Hopefully, the above has inspired you to brighten up your outdoor spaces. Once you have done so you will be pleasantly surprised by how much more time you are able to spend enjoying your garden or yard.