Summer Entertaining Lighting Tips

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inviting alfresco dining scene with lanterns and uplit structure

Alfresco entertaining is one of the summer’s pleasurable experiences.  The addition of light ensures that you can continue later into the evening and adds a wonderful new perspective as dusk falls. Discover top summer entertaining lighting tips from our Creative Director Sally Storey.

Tip 1

Firstly create a wash of light to your surrounding planting to show off the colours and flowers when it gets dark. This is best achieved with a selection of spiked LED lights which can be repositioned as the planting grows.  Consider products such as the Kew spotlights for taller more structured planting or Hampton floodlights for a wash of light for the front of flower beds or paths.

Tip 2

Pegoda with dining table lit with Kew Surface spotlights

Secondly add some light to the centre of the dining table to create a more intimate feeling. This can be achieved by the addition of exterior downlights such as the Kew Surface spotlight or Polespring downlight if you have a pergola above, or simply by using candles for some kinetic energy.

Tip 3

Outdoor seating area lit with linear strip under seating and spike lights in planting

A great way of adding more interest and another layer of light is to add exterior LED strip such as our Contour HD24X beneath a fixed dining table or seating to create a soft floating effect. Combine with Lucca uplights to emphasise the texture of any brickwork nearby, adding an extra layer of lighting.

Tip 4

Carella spike lights in flower beds

Add some sparkle into your flower beds with Carella candle lights. These look like staked flares or nightlights and can even be used to light a path.

Tip 5

Steps lit with Lucca steplights

Light your path or steps to your dining/entertaining area. This is not only for safety reasons but to create a path to lead you through your garden. Consider adding the directional Lucca Steplight to wash light over each step or direct a miniature spiked floodlight such as our Hampton to the path to light your way.

Tip 6

Water features in garden with underwater lights, and planting areas lit with spike lgihts

Finally, to maximise your elegant garden party setting, use a sophisticated control system with scene setting to harmoniously balance outdoor and indoor lighting levels. Create different circuits so you can tailor your scenes to your lifestyle and extend your view point with a pleasingly lit seating/party area.

As with any type of electrical work in the home, it’s important to ensure it is installed professionally and safely by a qualified electrician. All cabling and products will need to be suitable for outside use. Check the IP rating (ingress protection) of any fitting: it needs to be at least IP65 for use in the garden or IP67 to be submerged in a water feature.

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Image 1,3,5: Daryl Osada Garden Design. Photography Steven Wooster
Image 2: Chelsea Flower Show Garden by Hay Joung Hwang, Hay.Designs