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Lighting

Whilst the lighting of gardens can be functional, it can also bring beauty, mystery and drama to the garden, and extend the time that you can spend there.

Care should be taken not to add too many lights. The idea is to create an ambience with certain features highlighted e.g. a pergola, feature or path, although single lights equally do not work as the highlighted element is not in context and can look quite lonely.

  • Lamps come in a wide variety of beam angles and strengths, and there are many low energy options available now also, so whatever you want to light, there will be a lighting solution available.
  • Here is a sample of the effects you can create:
  • Uplighting an interesting tree, for example, an Acer to show off its branch structure.
  • Using a spike spotlight to highlight a statue or water feature.
  • If you have an area of open water with a strong architectural structure next to it, this could be mirrored in the water.
  • A structural plant e.g. a phormium could be silhouetted against a wall.
  • A pergola or arch could be lit by downlighters and uplighters for a romantic feel.
  • Lamps could be set in trees to light a path below. This is called moonlighting.
  • Steps in the garden could be lit using adjacent spreadlights or steplights set into the masonry.
  • Underwater lights can be used in a pool to give a variety of effects.
  • A path or driveway could be lit for safety or ambience.

Lighting is best considered at the design stage of a garden project to avoid having to dig up part of the garden to lay the electrical cables.

 
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