Garden Lights and Exterior Lighting
Outdoor and garden lighting can be a lot more than a means to extend the day. Think of the mood created on a stage with lighting and consider what you can do with your own outdoor space simply by using garden lights. Sunlight is great as it makes the garden thrive but it provides a very uniform light to everything in the garden regardless of whether it is something you want to see or not. However, when night falls you can control what is and is not seen and creative outdoor lighting that truly brings the garden to life.
Security lighting should only be used as security lighting. You will never create an outdoor oasis with a halogen flood light filling the garden with stark light and many thieves regard a light as aiding their trade! Consider, and imagine instead, some of these options: a statue with an up light highlighting the features, perhaps a warm tone spike light
picking out your favourite plant, a buried up light
close to the trunk of a tree for a shadowy, moonlight effect or maybe a wall mounted spot light to highlight the walls tones and hues.
There is also hard landscaping that may require garden lighting, decks and paths that need indicator lights or lights within and around a swimming pool that can used on warm summer evenings.
Lighting the garden at night not only creates light and shadows but a real sense of drama to the garden, totally transforming the area when daylight fades and night begins.
With a little planning and thought your outdoor lighting can make the outdoor space unique and usable throughout the year.
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