Garden Lighting Tips

By Sally Storey, Design Director

If you are considering lighting your garden, do remember firstly that a little light goes a long way at night.

Use garden lighting selectively and remember that darkness can also be used to great effect – to conceal any less attractive areas.  Decide on the areas you want to light, what your key features are and focus on these.

Garden Lighting

The key to successful garden lighting is flexibility. Spiked fittings are ideal as they can be easily moved to suit the changing seasons and planting growth. A new 1w LED Kew spiked spotlight and a directional 1w Hampton spiked floodlight now allow you to light your garden extremely effectively using as little as 20w of light in total – so you really don’t need to feel guilty about energy consumption.  For larger gardens, the 8w Kensington and Richmond are an ideal solution.

Remember for safety to light steps.  The 1w LED Siena or Lucca External recessed into the side wall, are ideal solutions and create atmosphere as well as reduces the risk of anyone tripping.  Alternatively, for an instant garden lighting effect use night lights in small glass holders which provide a pretty way to emphasise a staircase or low level wall. Consider using the 1w Siena or Lucca to uplight a wall or the side of a pot.  Good garden lighting combines fixed lighting elements together with flexible spiked lights that can be rearranged to light seasonal plants.

Spiked fittgins disappear into planting and crate a wonderful garden scene

Most garden lighting fittings are black but the ones that usually blend into gardens best are olive green.  Copper fittings can also be good as they patinate to a neutral green colour with age. When mounted high up in a tree as a downlight, bronze fittings blend in well with the colour of most tree trunks and can provide pools of light at the base.

how to light a water feature in a garden

Water features are a wonderful medium to light as the movement and refraction creates patterns which reflect on the surrounding area.  Use a simple underwater spotlight (Pond Light) under a water flow or, alternatively, consider using fibre optics within water jets to create a magical effect candle light or for the ultimate, think of adding fibres set into the base of a pool at random appearing almost as stars.

When lighting outside living spaces, make sure the wall lights complement rather than detract from the lighting in the rest of the garden. Wall mounted lights Pillar up/downlights can be dramatic or use wall lanterns can be a soft solution.  Alternatively use Wall Downlights as shown above or our new miniature 1w Syon spotlight.

For a pretty effect in your trees, grouped Starlighters suspended at random in 3’s or 5’s create a twinkling effect.

In an age of energy efficiency, a whole new range of exterior lights from John Cullen from 1w to 8w means a garden can be lit for less than 60w!  There is need no longer feel guilty about energy consumption in the lit garden at night. Let the experts at John Cullen extend the feeling of space with magical garden lighting.

To view more garden lighting products, click here for spiked fittings, here for wall mounted and hanging fittings, here for step and uplights and here for pond or pool lights.