Garden Lighting Tips
While organizing decorative lighting in our garden, we strive to get two equal effects. First, night lighting should protect us from accidental fall on the tracks in the dark, and secondly, it has to emphasize the artistic features of the garden.
Decorative Lighting for Your Garden
Lamps powered from the mains
There are high-voltage lamps, requiring a voltage of 220V (e.g., incandescent ) and low voltage ones, requiring 12V or 24V (LED, halogen or fluorescent lamps). Low-voltage lighting systems are more popular today. This level of voltage is completely safe for humans and animals. And laying a low voltage cable does not require much penetration into the ground. It generally can be left on the surface without the risk of electric shock. Also, low voltage lights can run on a battery, which does not require wiring, but requires periodic recharging.
Lamps with solar batteries
LED lamps with solar batteries
Solar-powered lights are probably the most popular lighting system at the moment. They require no wiring, do not waste energy, and their service life is virtually unlimited. Those lights usually run on ordinary LED lamps. Their main feature is a special internal battery that feeds the light energy from the sun. Thus, during daylight hours (even on cloudy days) the lamp’s battery charges to light your garden during the entire night. Solar-powered lights can also illuminate ponds.
Designs of garden lighting
Garden lighting can create completely different light effects, depending on its design and purpose.
In order to illuminate the path, you can use special lights recessed into the surface (pathlights) with halogen or fluorescent lamps that shine straight down, so there is no glare effect.
For lighting paths and the surrounding landscape use lamp-posts. They are able to cover the area within a radius from 3 to 13 feet, so it is recommended to place these lights along the border of the path at a distance of 13 feet from each other so that the entire surface is well lit.
For a large tree you can use lights illuminating the object from the bottom up. Lights hidden in the branches of a tree will allow leaves to cast decorative shadows on the ground.