Buying Guide for Garden Lighting
Once you've gotten your garden landscaped to perfection, you need to think about how it's going to look after dark. Lighting a garden is a challenge in that what looks good during the day may not look good during the night. You want to find lighting that highlights the same aspects of your garden that are shown off during the day, without looking tacky or over or under lit. Luckily, with outdoor lighting, unlike interior lighting, a little goes a long way, since outdoors, the eyes need less light to see clearly. Below are some tips that will hopefully help you decide how you want to illuminate your garden to bring out its beauty after dark.
First, you need to survey your garden, and figure out where you need the light the most. Will it be for safety or is it just for looks? Most people light their garden paths for safety after night. The shape of your plants and hedges will change the appearance of the landscape at night due to the new shadows. You have to keep in mind the big picture and what you are trying to achieve with the light instead of bits and pieces. There are specific fixtures created for outdoors, as well as different bulbs for instance, and they will give off a stronger light than bulbs invented for indoors. Energy efficient bulbs will give off different effects that may not interact well with non-energy efficient bulbs' outdoors, these things will show. All of that needs to be taken into account before deciding to go buying. It is considered best practice to match the a color temperature.
Once you have an idea of what you want, and what effects you want to give to your garden (for instance, pathway lights, entryway lights, accent lighting, etc) it's time to look around and see what options you have. Online is a great place to look, as there are thousands of different lights you can buy for your garden, to the generic squat pathway lights, to the fancier lantern style lights. It all depends upon your personal style and what look you are trying to achieve. Some things to look into is how the light will look with energy-efficient bulbs (many are moving to energy efficiency in outdoor lighting, particularly if the light is intended to be lit up all night), whether or not you want the lights on a dimmer or timer or a motion sensor, and how power will be provided. Some go for long extension cords, and others for installing more power cords; it's all up to you and what suits you best.
After you browse our website online and have a general idea of what you want, you should consult with us. The customer service team can take your ideas and help you find exactly what they need. We also have several styles and sizes available. You want to look at several different options, as pathway lights don't look good illuminating plants and other garden fixtures.
We provide outdoor to pendants, to floor lamps, you name it. You want to find the best lights for you that will compliment and not decrease the overall feel of the garden. For accent lighting and highlighting certain plants, you want bright lights that are unseen such as recessed ground lighting, to give off a great effect and create artistic shadows. For the paths, you can go with waterproof lighting. The great thing about garden lighting is that there are so many things you can do, all for a wide range of prices' you never want to use a cheap tiki light, as it may make your garden look cheap and it could pose as a fire risk, for example. Work on your vision and make sure you plan, it will save you time and money.
Don't forget we are here to help. We have a wonderful customer service team that is ready to answer any and all of your questions.