Choosing lighting for your house is something that many people spend an age deciding upon. From strip lights to spot lights and beyond, there are a wealth of lighting options available for pretty much every room in the house. However, one place that is often forgotten about when thinking about lighting is the garden.
You might think that the garden is an odd place for lighting, but with our continued love of spending time in the garden it was time to look for some really effective lighting options for outside. Here’s some of them…
You may think fairy lights are best served in a teenage girl’s bedroom but they actually look pretty good outside in the garden too. They’re easy to hang up and move around, particularly if you’re using battery operated ones, and so can be put pretty much anywhere you like. You can hang them across the garden, wind them around objects or use them to line paths.
Stake lights can look fantastic if placed in the right place in your garden. If you scatter them around without thought then they won’t have much effect but place them along the side of paths or around the outside of flower beds and they can be really effective. They can help you see as you wander around your garden and can also illuminate certain areas for aesthetic effect.
Granted, we don’t get a massive amount of sun here in the UK but we still get enough during the summer to use solar lights. You can have them permanently on so that they absorb the light during the day and switch on when the daylight begins to fade, meaning you can always have lights on in your garden if you require. You can get solar lights in a variety of different styles, so you can match them to the style of your garden and can put them pretty much anywhere.
Net lights can be really effective in the garden and can add something a little different to the overall look of your garden. They’re usually placed over a hedge or bush and and can really draw your attention to a particular part of the garden, particular in the dark. They’re such a simple idea but can make your garden look like a sparkly wonderland.
Like many other types of lights, curtain lights are usually hung up from one point to another. However, these drape down, providing more surface area of light than most other types. They actually look more like a waterfall than a pair of curtain, so maybe ‘waterfall lights’ would be a more appropriate name! They can really add some atmosphere to the garden and would look great during the Christmas period.
Pretty much exactly as they sound, rope lights look like a piece of rope. They’re one piece of transparent plastic with light inside, either white light or coloured. You can hang it up but they’re much more effective if you wind them around or weave them in and out of something.
So do you have lighting in your garden?
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