Everyone has a different preference when it comes to virtually everything. This is basically because of the difference in taste. Howbeit, none would want to have anything that is below average; we simply want the best. The same case applies with choice of garden lights. To give a garden that wow-look, on a summer evening when the sun sets beneath the rosy tinted west. Several factors must therefore be considered when choosing garden lights, in order to get the best. There are various types of garden lights, such as garden spots, step/stair lights and pond lights.
Garden spots, step/stair lights and pond lights
Garden spots are a great way of giving an instantaneous modern ambience in the garden area. Known for its versatility, it gives directional control over the focus of the beams of lighting. You can express yourself creatively with this lighting in your garden, by up-lighting bushes and trees. They come in varying sizes and brightness depending on the size/height of plant that you would want to light up. They can be used in highlighting favorite spots among many other uses. Step/stair lights enhance the architectural beauty of stairway path in a garden. They are designed to throw sufficient light to irradiate each step. Pond lights, on the other hand, give a sparkling glow to your yard. The soft underwater lights add an eye-catching sparkle to the pond making it the focus during the day and especially during the night.
Options and Control.
There are a few things that should be considered when lighting a garden. At the comfort of a couch set in the garden, you may wish to control the brightness of the lighting or even switch on or off. You probably should look at this feature to ease work around the garden. Different lights may have the feature that enables various colors. This brings with it an incredible feel when holding a small party within the garden.
Spacing Vs. Atmosphere
One other thing that should be factored in is spacing and atmosphere. Good spacing of lights should be maintained in order to light up the whole garden. At the same time, you should ensure that there is balance in lighting so that some places or corners do not appear darker, thus bringing a dull feel. Playing around with brightness is very consequential, to ensure that the whole garden is breathtaking to look at.
12Volt Vs. 240Volt.
Since you will be using electricity to light up your garden, it is very important that you consider using a 12volt lighting. When a 240 volt electricity is supplied to the home, it must be stepped down to a 12volt which is safe to use. You may want to use the 240 volts and the cables should here go underground, to avert any risks. Whichever volts you choose to use, the cables should be able to withstand adverse weather conditions.
LED Vs. Halogen.
Garden lights are available either in Halogen or LED. While Halogen lights draw more power, LED lights are energy efficient. With LED globes, they are only brighter when the size of the globe is bigger. Halogen globes are often menaced with a voltage drop. The lights that are furthest from the transformer burn dimly, while those nearer the transformer burn brightly. The setback is more pronounced when a lot of lights are tapped in the system. In choosing lights, it is important for you to look for products with good material, which are have certified IP ratings. This helps you to know how they are resistant to water and dust.
Halogen lights require globes of higher wattage. However, different wattage globes are supposed to be installed at different places within the garden. A 20 Watt globe is suitable step lights or a water/pond feature light, while a 35 Watt globe is good for up lighting small bushes. A 50 Watt globe is suited for trees of medium sizes. As for the LED globes a 1.5 Watt is apt for step lights, 3 Watt globe for pond/water light, 5 Watt globe for a small bush and a 5 – 9 Watt globe for up-lighting medium sized trees.
The LED and Halogen lights need transformers of different types. Other factors such as number and even size of the lights to be used determine the kind of transformer. It is better when the transformer is installed adjacent to one of the power points. When selecting a transformer to use, you first compute the total amount of watts within your system. If, for instance the total wattage is 250 Watt, then the transformer you need is a 300 Watt transformer.
We definitely cannot have light unless and until there is a connection to a transformer. Wiring is an important aspect of the system. There are kindred wire thickness and this is dependent on the number of watts required and the distance involved.
Consider a few garden lighting tips for your garden
Outdoor lighting may appear a little expensive, especially when it is viewed as a luxury. The cost of power may be high. To remedy this, you may choose solar power as a source for outdoor lighting. There are also cheap outdoor lamps that could be purchased for lighting. LED outdoor lighting is known to consume little energy and would come in handy to cut down on the costs.
You should also be well conversant with the kind of changes that your garden goes through. This will inform the kind of cabling, so that the lights can also withstand the adverse weather conditions they may be exposed to year-long.
You should also select a center of attraction and highlight it with additional light to brighten it more. You could also make good use of light-colored surfaces that are able to reflect light such as wall lights. They help in illuminating and diffusing light over a wide area. For a small planting area, you should use small lights rather than a single large unit light. You should avoid open trellises and bare trees. Therefore skeleton structures should be less lit compared to solid structures.