Garden lights are an elegant way to illuminate your garden and other outdoor areas. Lights can serve many different purposes and are available in a variety of styles. There are so many different types of lighting to choose from, so you should have no problem finding just the right combination of outside lights to get the look and feel that you want.
Use garden lighting to highlight a feature in your garden. If you have a prized plant or beautiful bench that you want to showcase, use spotlights or uplights to place emphasis on the object. Uplights are smaller recessed lights that cast their light straight up and can be positioned in various ways. Ambient lighting can be used to set a mood. Choose colored bulbs to change the tone of an area. Also, consider tiki torches or lights in a tree or shrub to lend atmosphere to your outdoor area.
The key to setting the mood or establishing the right look in your garden is to use the proper amount of lighting. Too much lighting will wash out the area. Use the shadows and darkness to add depth to your garden area. Try using a flashlight with an adjustable beam to test different areas and decide on the proper amount of lighting needed to illuminate your garden.
Outdoor lighting types include solar powered lights, low voltage lighting kits, or individual low voltage lights, as well as the typical outdoor lights that use a regular electrical current. Low voltage lighting uses a 12 volt current and is easy to install. Low voltage lights are available in kits that include a transformer, lights, and cable. The kits also feature a timer to control how long the lights stay on. The lightweight wiring for low voltage lights can either be placed on the ground or buried just below the surface. And the best thing about low voltage lighting kits is that you get everything you need right in one box, so you just have to open the box and you’re ready to go.
Solar lights are another popular type of garden lights. Powered by the sun, they are cheap to operate and easy to maintain. Most solar lights can simply be placed in the ground without the need for wiring or timers. Many solar lights are fitted with LED bulbs which provide brighter light and use less power.
The possibilities for illuminating your outdoor area are virtually unlimited. Both solar and low voltage lights are available in a multitude of colors and styles to suit your outdoor living area, and can provide most of the energy efficient outside lighting you need to keep your home looking great.