Helpful Tips for Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is certainly functional, but it can also add a great deal of beauty to the garden and landscaping. Once you decide you’d like to add outdoor lighting, it’s a good idea to contact a qualified electrician that can give guidance and advice for best lighting placement. A good electrician will consider any existing architectural features, patios or fountains when determining the best areas for outdoor lighting.

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Here are five examples of landscape features to highlight with outdoor lighting:

Paths and walkways

Path and walkway lights prevent accidents along outdoor footpaths. Illuminate walkways so that visitors and family members are able to get around safely outdoors after dark. Path lights or post lanterns are good options. Mounted fixtures can be added to the side of the house near side alleys or driveways. The latest lighting control features are used to brighten walkways with a higher level of light while shedding a more subtle level of light on shrubs, flower beds and ground cover.

Decking and patios

Decking lights will shed ambient light onto your deck for safe and easy navigation. You can also transform your deck or patio into a relaxing evening retreat by placing low-voltage lights under steps or benches.

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Architectural features

Use uplights, downlights and spotlights for accent lighting, helping to showcase architectural features and outdoor living areas. You can use the nuances of light and shadow to add beauty to the exterior of your home at night. When you strategically place landscape lighting at upward or downward angles, you can create silhouettes or direct shadows.

Gazebos and trellises

White outdoor string lights and rustic hanging lanterns can create a magical atmosphere when hung inside a gazebo or trellis. String lights provide a cozy and elegant feel, particularly when used in small gazebo or trellis areas.

Fountains and pools

Capture the beauty of water features like fountains, ponds or pools by adding LED lighting specifically created for underwater use. Floating and solar-powered lights are another option; however, if you need underground wiring, you should consult with an experienced electrician.

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Now that you know more about how outdoor lighting can add both function and beauty to your outdoor living spaces, contact Punton Electrics on 01590 679 081 to learn which types of outdoor lighting will work best for your home.