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, use lights that point downwards and only light up a small area and for the shortest time. You can still create an ambience with certain features highlighted e.g. a pergola, feature or path, without causing too much light pollution. Avoid lighting up a large area especially if this is left on for several hours. New research has shown that this negatively affects both wildlife and people, disrupting nesting and breeding cycles and generally disorienting wildlife, and disrupting sleep in humans. If you would like some lighting for security keep it low down on the wall, low energy and on a motion sensor.

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 so that cables can be laid under the hard landscaping during construction.

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Welwyn Garden City

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Houghton Conquest

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