The Do’s and Don’ts of Garden Lighting

Before attempting to create the ultimate lighting installation within a garden, it might be somewhat beneficial to add a few words of caution. This is in the hope that the installed lighting offers an aesthetically pleasing and energy-efficient solution, without exceeding the budget.

You can illuminate virtually anything in the garden, from architectural features to the decking, trees and planting, ponds or fountains, pergolas, patios or paths.

However, just because you can illuminate virtually anything doesn't mean you should. 

Paint a picture in your mind of the lighting proposal that you wish to install, by viewing the garden environment in its entirety, rather than just considering individual or local features on a one by one basis.

You have probably heard this so many times before, but for garden lighting, less is certainly more, in that shadows provide the feeling of mystery and can be subtle.

Excessive illumination can definitely look very artificial and remember it’s not Hampden Park or Wembley Stadium, it is a residential garden that you are lighting.

Try to conceal the luminaires wherever possible, as it’s the light you want to seen, not the fitting itself.

Design many differing effects into the garden scene by throwing light onto walls, reflections across ponds, and creating silhouettes.

It is important to create a different look to the garden scene by night to that which will be seen during the day. This has the ability to offer two differing solutions, and can be achieved by highlighting individual features with artificial light which would not normally be seen or provide a feature during the day.