As we adjust to life with the covid virus, we are making lifestyle changes, some of which will remain with us after any vaccine is found.
One of these will be in using our home and garden more efficiently. With our garden, we now see it as more of an entertainment venue to invite friends over for lunch/dinner/drinks. Which is a much more intimate venue then going to a pub or restaurant and a lifestyle change that will stick with us going forward.
On a warm day, social gatherings could last well into the evening and hence there is an essential requirement for good outdoor furniture, a well kept garden and of course perfectly ambient lighting.
So what are the basics for getting outdoor lighting correct? Below are our top 5 tips for garden lighting beginners.
1/ We always use a certified Electrition to install the garden lighting, outdoor lighting specialists such as @ www.gardenlightinglondon.co.uk even better. They will know the tricks on how to lay the cabling so no lighting tripping will occur and provide good protection from rodents. Get the garden lighting specialists early into your landscaping project as they will need to lay down cable first before the hard landscaping and planting is done.
2/ Create a good lighting ambience. Placing lights strategically to complement each other, don’t over light. Your guests will not appreciate glaring lights late into the night! Use a combination of up lights, path lights and wall lights. Also, security lighting is not garden lighting!
3/ Use a 12v system rather then 240v. We have written about this extensively in our blogs but they really are better, safer if cables become exposed and they don’t trip, unlike 240v systems.
4/ Uplight large structures such as trees, to create a feature in the garden. Make sure the right lumen output lights are being used, our advisors can help.
5/ Finally use good quality LED lights, it will be cheaper in the long run as you won’t have to replace them. Make sure they are waterproof, LED and we prefer warm white lighting output as it creates a softer garden lighting ambience.
If you have any questions do contact our garden lighting specialists, we are always here to help!