Garden Design Tips – Top 3 Lighting Suggestions

Nothing beats the enjoyment you receive from the hours of work you put into your garden.  Nothing can be easier to extend that enjoyment into the evening hours then by using these garden design tips.

Tip Number 1 – Solar Lights.  Solar lights these days come in every shape and size imaginable.  From small color changing globes to post lamps that look like they come right from the cobble stoned streets of merry olde England.  The latest development in solar lights is the use of LEDs (light emitting diodes.)   The LED uses a lot less power resulting in smaller panels that absorb the sunlight and they rarely if ever burn out.  The average cost is very low so you’re able to change them out as your style changes.

Tip Number 2 – Low Voltage Lighting.  I know this one seems obvious but I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had to tell guests the lights around the pool are safe and they won’t get electrocuted by them.  I took a lot of time shopping around for the best valued low voltage adaptor.  This adaptor changes the normal house hold electrical current into a much more garden friendly low voltage.  The unit I finally chose had two 300 watt ‘legs.’  That meant I could put up to 10, 30 watt lamps on each leg or circuit.  The adaptor unit also came with a light sensor to turn on the lights at dusk and a motion sensor if I wanted to save on my electrical bill.

Tip Number 3 – Lighting Placement.  Yes you need to illuminate the pathway to your front and back door but when designing your garden lighting layout, you can also think of it as if you were planning an adventure.  You want to draw your visitor into your garden to explore your carefully crafted and beautiful landscaping.  You want them to feel as if they are discovering a strange new land in some far off country.  Use your imagination!

Safety Tip – This is extreamly important and must be respected.  Any electrical devise including any fountains, transformers for low voltage lighting, wireless speakers plugged into an AC outlet must have a GFCI breaker installed.  This Ground Fault Circuit Interupt device can be installed in your electrical panel or right at the electrical outlet that the device is plugged into.  This is a very important safety device and should be installed by a professional electrician.