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Exterior Lighting

When it comes to lighting a garden its is always important to identify the different areas of the garden and how you wish to use them.

Below are some examples of the different types of areas

To consider and ultimately avoid.

A pergola or seating area where you plan to eat/relax outdoors would mainly require down lights as this is the best way of lighting this area in terms of practicality and look. Strong up lighting should be avoided as will tend to dazzle the viewer and diminish the overall effect. Up lights can be used but we would recommend they are used against the uprights of the pergola or for example small trees and shrubs just outside the pergola boundary.

Lawns can be very tricky to light as they usually require a large spread of strong light which tends to ruin the overall effect of the rest of the garden. In our experience the lawn area is best left in darkness as it tends to frame the other area of interests which are lit and provide a strong emphasis on depth.

Drive ways are another interesting feature and can be lit in various ways from recessed LEDs to down-lighting from trees. The main aim for this type of area is to get the delicate balance between practicality and beauty which when done well can transform a house and garden.

Large trees are always fantastic to light and really make a garden stand out. There are lots of different ways of lighting trees but in our experience this is always governed by the surrounding area. An example would be a large tree in the middle of a lawn would require recessed lights in the ground with another three or four in the tree to catch the main canopy. The only time we would not light a large tree would be if there was a strong light source that would interfere such as a street lamp.

Retaining walls and path walls are fantastic to light as they add definition which again provides depth to the overall effect of the garden lighting scheme. They can also add to the practically use of paths by subtly lighting them in a very soft and inviting way.

Water features are another must when it comes to lighting your garden. The use of water can add both movement to the light and reflect mirror images that can turn your scheme into something amazing.

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