With summer well under way, you’re probably spending most of your time enjoying the outdoors. Whether that be relaxing in your garden, or hosting a barbeque with friends and family, don’t let the fun stop when the sun goes down. You need an efficient garden lighting scheme that will keep your outside space alive, even during the darkest of hours.
Though, garden lighting requires more than just throwing up a bunch of string lights and calling it a day. To create a well-received, practical garden lighting scheme, you need to choose the right type of fixtures, position them correctly, and think about how they work alongside each other.
There are many different lighting arrangements that can improve the way your garden feels and appears at night. So, if you’re looking to enhance your outside space with lighting, read on. In this article, we explore three easy-to-follow lighting tips to help get the most out of your garden.
1. Enhance your garden features with light
Nearly all gardens have a stand-out feature that draws the eyes of a visitor. Whether it be a large tree, bed of flowers, an ornament, or perhaps a water fountain, whatever the feature may be, use it your advantage.
Lighting can be used to set a focal point in your garden. By projecting light to show the various textures and shapes, you can accompany the structure to enhance its features.
For instance, the multi-stem shapes in trees and plants allow the light to filter through to create depth and volume. The bark texture on trees can also look great when exposed to up lighting.
2. Conceal your garden lighting fixtures
We’ve all heard the phrase “less is more”, and this applies to your garden lighting in a distinct way. While inside the house a grand chandelier might work, outside tends to be a lot more minimalist. One way to achieve that minimalist look is by concealing your outside lights. This can be done by hiding the fixtures inside your features, behind walls, or underneath planters and garden furniture.
The concealment of light can also help to create certain effects. For example, if you line the underneath of an object that sits above ground level, the light will project downwards for a ‘floating’ effect.
3. Use directional light for silhouettes and shadows
The great thing about mixing light with the outdoors is the vast number of details and objects that can be used to your disposal. Think leaves, branches and bushes, as well as ornaments and various walls. These can be combined with lighting.
Perhaps you have a tree that sits in front of your garden fence or wall? If so, you can position your light in front of the tree in a way that projects onto the surface in the background. This will create a variety of effects depending on the tree itself, but as a whole, helps to add depth and character to your garden through casting shadows.
Garden lighting from Ellumiere
Are you looking to enhance the look and feel of your garden? Are you keen to try the lighting tips mentioned above? Then you’ll need an effective garden lighting system to help achieve your vision. Ellumiere is a simple 12v lighting system designed for garden use. It requires no electrician for installation and comes with a 2-year warranty on all products.
If you’re interested in learning more about Ellumiere, or would like some garden lighting advice, reach out to our expert team at Birkdale today. We’re always happy to help.
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