Summer time is here and we all enjoy to be outdoors and embracing the limited sunshine we Brits get. It’s the perfect time for BBQs and spending time out in the garden with family and friends, so we like to make our time last until the sun goes down. These expert tips from Festive Lights are compiled in a detailed guide of how to include lighting into your garden.
Getting the most out of your garden should be something effortlessly done. Making the use of your garden after hours is easily achieved when placing lights strategically. However which specific ones? Where do I fit them? How many to install? All of these questions are easily answered in this guide covering every aspect of what to place, where to set up and how many to include.
Types of light
They’re many different types of lights for all the different areas and themes of your garden:
- Hung up LEDs via string, gives a natural and striking side to your garden.
- Strips of LED lighting, which is a thin bendable circuit board consisting of high powered LEDs with a protective adhesive coating wrapped around the wire. These are perfectly safe in all kinds of weather and look gorgeous wrapped around trees, hung over fences or draped delicately across a wall.
- Solar lighting – Energy efficient which will save you money in the long run, plus they’re an easy installation to get going.
- Outdoor LED spotlights are suitable for wall or ground mounting. Can be placed on walls or trees and angled downwards or placed on ground levels on a spike which will point upwards. Able to create a wow effect with different lighting angles.
- Fairy lights are very decorative and will bring out the spirit of your garden. These fairy lights in particular are a great way to brighten up your garden; they really make use of anything left untouched in the garden, for example any tree or hedges.
- LED candle bulbs are a popular type of LED, they’re mainly used for decorative and small areas. You can easily DIY them to create your own lighting display.
- Deck lighting is great for lighting up and showing off your decking, creating a gorgeous dining area that your guests will be envious of. Similar to in ground fittings, the difference between them is that they’re able to fit into wood as the lights are smaller, rather fitted in the ground.
Where to place them
Find a particular area of the garden that feels unloved as a good place to start. You can wrap around fairy lights or hang up LEDs on any bush, hedge, tree, plant pot and make an amazing impact on an otherwise low-key garden.
How many lights to include
The key to having the perfect garden is not going overboard with practical things, sometimes keeping it simple really enhances the garden. Typically, how many lights you should include comes down to the actual size of your garden. Layer your lighting for major impact.
You may or may not have ever thought about a budget towards your garden, but the good news is that purchasing lights is an affordable way to spruce up what you have and won’t set you back much, unless you intend on brightening up a football pitch sized garden! Opt for battery or solar powered lights if you want to save yourself money rather than running off of the mains. It’s unnecessary to buy all the lights you can find; instead plan ahead the structure and process of your garden design so that you’ll buy only what you need. Invision and decide what will go where and then invest with your homework done before parting with the cash.
You don’t want to illuminate all of the garden, leave some areas as a dark contrast, this will give your garden more of an atmosphere and impact. Highlight the parts of the garden you feel would benefit you and others, for example making sitting areas or dining tables visible which will drive more focus towards that. The areas of the garden you want the attention to be less focused on, you can hang fairy lights in the background. Be creative, wrap lights around anything you find to be needing a lift.
Engage texture on the ground with low level cross lighting. Strip LEDs define pathways and borders, however don’t go over the top, otherwise it’ll be look like you’re illuminating up an airport runway!