Garden Lighting Ideas

Garden Lighting Ideas
This article suggests some of the most creative garden lighting ideas to make your home's exterior look lively and inviting.
Gardenerdy Staff
A garden can be revamped to look like a magical setting. While in the day you can let your landscaping skills do their job, in the night, you need some lights to show the same. This lighting has to be done properly, enhancing only the required areas, with just the adequate lights. When it comes to lighting the garden, it's all about how much you focus on the most important objects in that garden. To make your job easier, we have some great ideas to help you lighten your garden. Check them out!

Areas of Focus
First, demarcate the areas in the garden which need lighting. Don't clutter the garden with too many lights. Usually, these areas need to be considered for lighting:
  • Pathways and driveways
  • Staircases
  • Swimming pool, ponds, or artificial waterfalls
  • Large trees
  • Seating areas
  • Focal points such as statues, etc.
Light Fixtures to be Installed
Once you have decided on the areas or things that you want to highlight, choose appropriate light fixtures for them.
  • For pathways and driveways, lights should be such that you can clearly see the passage. That's why, down lighting from trees, along with installing recessed LEDs on both sides of the walkway (on the ground), is a good option.
  • For a seating area, down lights should be used. Uplights, if used in the seating area, can take away from the effect you are trying to create with your landscape lighting design, and hence should be avoided.
  • As for the staircase, go in for bollard lighting. Another option is installing small lamp posts to increase visibility. Lamps can light up the staircase, making it safe for the users as well as adding to its beauty.
  • If you are lucky to have a large tree in the middle of your garden, go in for recessed lighting fixtures around it, on the ground . They will bring the attention to the tree in a subtle way, thus increasing its visual appeal in the night.
  • If you want to highlight certain shrubs and flower-beds, install downlight fixtures, which have lights falling on them.
  • For pools and other water bodies, underwater, waterproof lights are ideal. Floodlights too look good as they accentuate the effect of water on the surroundings.
  • For highlighting a focal point such as a statue, uplights are a good choice.
  • Placing paper lanterns during an outdoor party can work wonders.
Light Colors
The common white and light yellow lights are the most popular ones for garden lighting. However, if you want to experiment, there are lights available in several colors. Green lights look great over plants, while red lights can be used to highlight focal areas. Blue lights look exceptionally good around water. Preferably, opt for non-wired solar lights. They don't harm the environment and may cost more initially, but lower your electricity bills.

If you follow these ideas, you will make your garden much more functional, beautiful, and safe for your loved ones. So, go ahead and apply these landscaping ideas to enhance the look of your house.