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Outdoor Landscape Lighting Design Ideas

Jan 29, 2008
If you've spent a lot of time and money on plants and patios etc, you'll want to be able to show everyone, even when night falls. One way you can do this is by buying landscape lighting. Lighting is a great asset for any garden and can help create a magical and romantic feeling.

Ways to Create Landscape Lighting

You can approach lighting your garden in two different ways. It can either be very functional and used to deter burglars. Whilst on the other hand it can be used in a decorative and fun way to highlight particular features in your garden, such as a statue or rose arbour.

If you have never bought lighting for your garden before, don't worry, there's loads of lighting products that will give you the look you are after. Simply look into what types of lighting is available and understand how they should be used. Lighting can be very creative so think about where you're going to place them.

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer choice out there but don't worry. There aren't that many, the most popular ones you'll find in the shops are:-

Pathway lights
Recessed lights
Decorative lanterns
Floodlights
Spotlights
Accent lights
Submerged pond lights

When you're garden is plunged into darkness, think about what features in your garden you particularly enjoy looking at during the day. This will give you an idea of where the lighting should be situated and what product to buy.

Be Imaginative

In the warmer months and you have guests over make sure the lighting you choose sits in well with the atmosphere you are looking for. Using lights which are too bright can make people feel uncomfortable. You're garden isn't an airport, you don't need landing lights!

How Can You Achieve This Look?

* Accent lights will work area along flower beds or under an archway.

* For garden features such as sun dial or pond, using lighting will really help bring these features out.

* For eating areas you'll want flood light which are stronger, so that you can see what you're doing.

* If you want a feature to be silhouetted, simply place a light behind it.

* Lights in amongst foliage will help create a subtle glow.

* Although white or cream lights will give a more classic look, there are other colours such as green and yellow to experiment with.

* You don't have to be conservative with you lighting. If you want a party atmosphere, choose lighting which is colored.

There are almost endless ideas of what you can do with outdoor landscape lighting. Just be careful you don't get carried away and buy every type of lighting under the sun. You just want to be playful with lighting, not make it look like you plan on holding an Elton John concert in your garden.
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