Where to Place Garden Lighting

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Positioning garden lights is a continuous process that comes with experience. As the seasons change and your garden transforms, it is necessary to move the lights around to reflect this change. Ideally you want to highlight the most important parts of the garden that you are most proud of. This could be a new rockery or water fountain, or a favourite tree. Whatever you choose to illuminate, there are a few points to look out for.

Water can be brought to life with some clever lighting. Blue or pale blue works well in most cases. Under water lights can be bought for ponds or fountains, and they send a clear beam shining through the water to produce a ripple effect that many people love. This light can also shine into tree branches and reflect back down, so in this instance, one single light beam can light up a number of features.

Using rock lights in the middle of rockeries is a simple way of blending the light to make it look like a natural part of the garden. These rock lights are very popular because they are very easy to install and they don't get in the way. The cables can be run under the soil and around the garden edges. Even better are the solar lights that need no maintenance. These work by storing energy during the day from the suns rays and using this energy to light the photo cells at night.

Once they are in place you do not need to keep turning them off or on, and they don't use any electricity at all. The modern kinds can last for many hours, sometimes only needing a new battery or cell every couple of years. There are no cables to run, so they take less time to install. In fact you simply put them in the ground and you are done. The disadvantage is that the beam intensity is not that great, and fades as the night goes on. Nevertheless, they are by far the most popular kind of garden lights on the market today, and are very cheap due to the mass production in the far eastern countries.


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