If you are considering lighting your landscape, do remember firstly that a little light goes a long way at night. See our top landscape lighting tips and ideas below to help you light beautifully and use the right exterior light fittings for the required task.
Use 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.
The key to successful landscape lighting is flexibility. LED exterior spike lights 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 landscape 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 landscapes, the 8w Kensington and Richmond are an ideal solution.
Remember for safety to light steps. The 1w LED Riena 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 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 Riena or Lucca to uplight a wall or the side of a pot. Good lighting combines fixed lighting elements together with flexible spiked lights that can be rearranged to light seasonal plants.
Most garden lighting fittings are black but the ones that usually blend into landscapes 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.
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 exterior. 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 at night. Let the experts at John Cullen extend the feeling of space with magical landscape lighting.