Garden Lighting: Do’s and Don’ts

Garden lighting is essential to prevent injury and enhance a garden’s natural beauty during the evening hours. The best gardeners can be unqualified to handle garden lighting if they’ve never dealt with it before and have no idea where to start so it’s important to either phone a friend who knows what they’re doing or hire an electrician. Electricity and gardens can be a deadly mix in the hands of someone with no experience and as the old adage goes, “better safe, than sorry.” However, some garden lighting is solar powered and easily installed by any level of gardener. It utilizes sunlight as an energy source during the day and distributes that energy through solar panels at night, lasting for up to 8 hours.

A combination of garden light types can be beneficial to capture the beauty of every possible item within a garden but most people make the common mistake of cluttering their garden with lights. Too many lights will wash the garden in white light and make it look unattractive. Over lighting also has the ability to damage garden plants, vegetables, or flowers because of the increased amount of emitted heat. A subtle light source that outlines and accents specific garden-related items is ideal for maximum effect.

Some gardeners live secluded lives away from the hustle and bustle of stressful cities and constantly busy roads, but few are that lucky. It’s important to take neighbors into consideration when choosing garden lights. Floodlights can be really annoying and invasive at night time, especially when they’re accidentally pointed toward a bedroom window on the adjoining property. Low-key lights, such as miniature spotlights or accent lights, would be the best idea for those surrounded by neighbors. They enable a gardener to admire their handiwork at night without being an inconsiderate nuisance to neighbors.

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