Lighting ideas for your garden design
Do you need some lighting ideas for your garden design? Lighting up your space can distinguish your garden between a mediocre and stunning design. Many landscapers in Chesterfield make the mistake of discussing a lighting plan at the end of the project. However, at Chesterfield Landscapes, we believe lighting is integral to any garden design. For this reason, we have compiled a list of 8 lighting ideas for you to consider before you hire a landscape gardener.
The main thing you need to consider when planning the lighting in your garden design is why you want to install lights in your garden. Of course, you do not need any further reason to create a lighting design other than to make your garden beautiful at night. However, for some people, lighting up their garden serves a purpose. Do you have accessibility issues, such as a loss of sight that would require additional lighting? Or, are you a social person who would like to host guests into the night? Whatever the reason for needing a lighting plan for your project, we have plenty of ideas to get you started. Alternatively, contact one of our Chesterfield garden designers if you want further advice.
Light up your path
If you wish to install lighting into your landscape design for functional reasons, such as seeing where you are walking, consider lighting up your existing pathways. Not only does this make it safer to navigate your garden at night, but it also looks great!
There are a couple of ways you can choose to light up a pathway. One of the easiest is to purchase some outdoor pillar lights to run alongside the path. You can include as many or as little as you like. Sometimes less is more when it comes to lighting, and it really depends on the vibe you are looking to achieve. A more modern lighting design is to drill spotlights into the edges of a paved pathway. Again, you can decide how bright you would like the area by how many you install. Also, consider making the spotlights smart lighting to be able to control them from your smartphone.
Smart lighting essentially means that you can control your lighting from your smartphone. Like a smart thermostat, you have complete control simply by clicking a few buttons on your phone. With a lot of smart lighting, you can customise the colour of the light and even set a timer for when you want the light to switch on/off. One of the main benefits of smart lighting is that it improves the security of your home. When you are away on holiday, you can automatically set your lights to come on, so your neighbours believe you are home. Many smart lighting companies, such as Phillips Hue, save you money in the long run. By using predominantly light-emitting diodes, the energy used per light bulb is significantly less.
Another benefit to installing smart lighting is that it gives you more control over the atmosphere of your garden. Lighting plays a massive part in setting the mood of the space. If you want bright lights to improve visibility, you can control your phone's brightness. Alternatively, if you are relaxing in your hut tub with your partner, you can change the colour to a romantic shade of red. Our landscapers in Chesterfield can show you just how easy the installation process is.
Alternative to electric lights
We aren't just considering electric lights when we talk about lighting design. Expert garden designers will look at the whole landscape and consider all the components that may bring light during the evening. For example, using reflections is a brilliant technique. Consider how a pond may reflect moonlight and brighten a corner of your garden. Mirrors also act the same way and depending on how you place them around the space; you could use them to spread your existing light from light bulbs around the garden.
Are you a social person that wants to utilise their garden in the evenings? Why don't you invest in an outdoor heater? Outdoor heating also provides a significant amount of light during the evening. Not only will it keep your guests warm, but it will also offer a beautiful soft glow, creating a relaxing atmosphere.
Lights up your trees
What do you think about when you hear of lights placed in a tree? Do you think of Christmas fairy lights swirling around the branches? Well, did you know you can light up your trees all year round? Fairylights hung strategically in a tree look beautiful and can add a magical element to your garden design. Of course, you may want to avoid the red-flashing lights and reserve them for the winter months.
If you are looking for natural lighting in your garden design, then consider using trees (or other tall features in your garden) to hang downlights. When placed high up, lights that point downwards create a moonlight effect and look stunning! Often, in the dark, you'll find it hard to see where the light is coming from, giving the impression that the light is natural.
You have many options to play with when lighting up your pond and the surrounding area. Not only can you use a variety of outdoor lights around the pond, but you can also purchase underwater lights to place inside. If you want more of an atmosphere around your pond, consider purchasing lights that include a mist maker. Depending on the size and shape of your pond, there is a lot you can create with the lighting. Many landscapers in Chesterfield can help you come up with ideas. Before including lighting around your pond area, you need to consider the requirements of your fish. Some species of fish need periods of darkness to sleep, so you may be unable to light up your pond.
Light up a structure
You can use lighting to your advantage to draw focus on different elements in your garden. If you have a pergola, a beautiful idea is to hang lights at the top or on the legs to make it the main feature of your garden, even at night. If you have a statue or an extravagant water feature, consider directional lights that point up at them. In a small garden, a beautiful lighting design can be a blessing, and it can manipulate the space to appear more significant than it is. To make a small garden appear bigger, you must utilise vertical space and draw your guest's attention upwards; we can achieve this by hanging light fixtures higher than need be. For more ideas on how to make the most out of a small garden, click here.
Highlight steps in your garden design
Using lighting to highlight the steps in your garden not only looks great, but it also means you can safely navigate your garden at night. Even if you limit yourself to lighting the stairs in your garden, there are many possibilities. You could attach strip lights underneath the overhang of the step, lighting each step up. Or, you could place spotlights lighting the steps up from the side. How about lighting every other step? Some lighting designs look more modern than others. Ultimately, your lighting design should compliment your overall garden design.
Solar lights are a cost-effective solution to your outdoor lighting, and in this cost-of-living crisis, we must all be careful with our money! Solar lights work through the photovoltaic process, converting sunlight from the day into usable electrical energy. As well as being a more cost-effective option, solar lights require little to no maintenance. Many solar lights know when it is dusk and will use the energy they harness during the day to turn on automatically. The best part is that you do not have to worry about switching them off, as you never paid for the energy anyway!
Solar technology is forever improving due to its positive impact on the climate crisis. Solar energy is renewable energy, meaning we can never run out of it, and harnessing its power has no adverse effect on the environment. Switching your outdoor lights to solar-powered means you are doing your bit for the planet!
At Chesterfield Landscapes, we hope this article has helped you design your garden. There is a lot to consider when choosing the right lights for your space, and sometimes it is easier to have help from an expert. For assistance with garden design and landscaping, please do not hesitate to contact us!