The right lighting is a vital part of garden design especially as the nights draw in. Just like indoors, lighting plays an important role in setting the mood and uplifting the landscape and feel of outdoors as well. Outdoor lights also serve another important utility- security. Outdoor lighting is a great addition to the houses enhancing its look in the dusk and adding security during the night. A simple light fixture can make a huge difference to the appeal of your garden.
Here is a list of different types of specialist garden lights, other than the traditional outdoor wall lights, we also recommend to you what works for each specific lighting needs:
Used mostly for accent lighting, it is used to focus on an object or a feature in the garden highlighting its features. Spotlight beams are fixed where one usually prefers to illuminate plants, trees, doors, statutes etc. It is easy to overdo the spotlighting, so the key tip here is to keep it minimal.
The most common type of outdoor lighting fixture you find in UK home gardens is the no -frill flood light. Flood lights usually come with high brightness and are used to illuminate a large area with just one or two light fixtures. For the average UK garden size, 2 flood lights would be more than sufficient to cover the grounds. It is usually used in patios, driveways from much higher height than usual light fixtures. The key thing to note while using floodlights in the age of shrinking house size and garden size is to make sure that it is positioned in such a way so as not to cause nuisance to your neighbours.
Motion sensor light
With built in pyroelectric infrared sensors, these lights turn on automatically on sensing moving objects. These are best suited for garages, driveways, gardens etc. Depending on the make of the motion sensor light, these can be set to suit one’s requirements such as the range of motion detection, length of staying on etc. Also, this only works when it's dark, as the motion sensors are not activated during the day. One thing to note here is that, if your neighbour has a nosy lill cat who frequents your property, the sensor could be triggered and this could lead to sleep disturbance(your’s and your neighbours) to some extent, specially if you are a light sleeper.
If you have steps in your garden- be it one or quite a few, these step lights can come in handy to avoid trips and falls especially during winter nights. Just as the name suggests outdoor step lights go on either side of your garden steps or single one on the riser of the steps.
Bollard lights just as its name suggests is an outdoor light on a bollard post. Bollard light typically can shine light in all directions making it ideal for illuminating paths and driveways ensuring you have good guide light with this path lamp.
As seen in romcoms, string lights are not just for a teenager’s bedroom. It is also suited very well to create an elegant and subtle lighting creating a sophisticated yet softer feel for your evenings in the garden.String lights can be easily manipulated across fences, trees, and hard architectural fixtures giving a dreamy feel to your late summer evenings in the garden.Most important thing to note here is to ensure that the string lights you intend to use in the garden is actually intended and made for outdoor use.
There are generic outdoor light designs as well- like scones, solar lights etc. Depending on the size, design and feel of your outdoor space, outdoor lights can indeed up your garden game.