Although your natural instinct will be to hibernate indoors once the cold weather settles in, it seems a shame to ignore your outdoors and to leave your garden to struggle through the dark, winter nights. Despite creating a warm and cosy living room setting to reside in for the winter months, resist the urge to lumber in the warm and shed some light on your garden to make it shine through the frost. In the season of giving, give your garden the gift of light this winter by introducing these forms of outdoor and garden lighting, brought to you by LOFA.
Outdoor and Garden Lighting
Before you implement any sources of light in your garden, you must first understand how to do so in a stylish and elegant way. One of the first rules to adhere to is to make sure the lights are arranged properly. Lighting should never be the focal point of a garden, instead, lighting should be introduced to highlight and accentuate the natural features of an outdoor space, such as trees, plants, shrubs and paving. Outdoor and garden lighting should always be used sparingly to avoid your garden looking overly bright and garish; operate with an attitude of ‘less is more’. If you wish to find out more about how to arrange your garden lighting, take a look at our previous blog which explains how to arrange your outdoor lighting while maximising space at the same time.
Another aspect of outdoor and garden lighting to consider is the colour that your lights omit. Winter is a time associated with crisp, white blankets of snow; an image which conjures up thoughts of smooth, clean, picturesque garden spaces. To accentuate this aura, consider introducing outdoor and garden lighting with crisp white LEDs or warm bulbs which transmit a yellowy-orange glow across your garden. These lighting options will not detract from the natural beauty of your winter-clad garden, but will offer either a sense of warmth or purity to your outdoor space.
Now we have established how to introduce lighting into your garden, it is time to discuss the many options of outdoor and garden lighting which are available to homeowners:
String and Rope Lighting
Continuing with the theme of highlighting and accentuating, string and rope lighting is the perfect option for drawing the attention to the main features of your garden. String lighting is perfect for running along the underside of decking balustrades or along pathways to create a glowing effect, whereas string lighting can provide an effortless and blase feel to your garden. Although these lights are not the most radiant, they will display a soft glow throughout your garden, achieving the intention of trying not to detract from the features of the garden.
To keep in touch with the festivities that surround the winter months, outdoor and garden lighting in the form of seasonal decorations can be used to give your garden a sense of character and vibrancy, while still achieving an understated and stylish aesthetic. Festive objects can be illuminated with LED lighting to bring them to life, and placed sparingly around your garden to not only give your garden some much needed light, but they can also double up as decorations, as well as giving your garden another dimension. Be careful not to use too many seasonal decorations, however, as they can make a garden seem cluttered and untidy; try to strike the balance between finding a stylish centrepiece and creating a random assortment of decorations.
The use of string, rope and seasonal lighting can create a rather contemporary look to your garden. If your home prefers a more rustic and traditional approach to outdoor and garden lighting, why not consider wall lighting? Outdoor wall lights are reminiscent of a Victorian age, and when combined with the previously mentioned bulbs, you can bring a warm, vivid light to the whole of your garden. Due to the glass casing of wall lights, bulbs will be protected from the elements and can therefore omit a more vivid light to your garden. Although this option may not be as portable and maneuverable as the other outdoor and garden lighting options, they are by far and away one of the best options if you are looking to transmit as much light into your garden as possible.
If a decking is the focal point of your garden, then there are a number of lighting options available to help highlight your wooden feature. If your decking features a set of steps, then rail lights are a quaint and dainty way of not only illuminating your decking, but they also make any guests aware of the steps. If you are looking for more substantial lighting options, specific decking lights can be introduced to provide a low, flat light across the surface of the decking which will highlight the whole feature. As mentioned earlier, rope lighting can be used to run along balustrades to create an underglow effect which is both contemporary and stylish.
Although the majority of these outdoor and garden lighting options are relatively easy to install into your garden, care must be taken when fitting them. As they are directly exposed to the rain, the wind and the cold, if there is any wiring exposed, be sure to cover it up and protect it, either by using waterproof tape or tubing, and be sure to inspect the health of the lights regularly.
Hopefully, this guide to outdoor and garden lighting will enable you to provide some much needed light into your garden, ensuring that your outdoors are not left to suffer through the rain, wind and snow in the dark. Here at LOFA, we are experts in leisure and outdoor furniture, including outdoor and garden lighting options. If you wish to find out more about garden lighting, or anything related to garden furniture, including barbeques, gazebos and parasols, then take a look through some of our in-depth and industry specific articles.
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