Summer’s still upon us here in Australia, but it can’t hurt to prepare your garden for the winter as early as now—you’ll thank yourself for doing the work while it’s still warm too. One of the easiest ways to revitalize any outdoor or garden space is to start with outdoor lighting. Here are pointers to get you started. 

Plan Bring out the drawing board and make plans, taking note of your existing plants and trees, your desired theme, and most importantly, your power source. Only then can you begin to make more plans on where to place your lighting and create both bright areas and shadows. 

Task and Accent Lighting You want to have a good mix of the two types of outdoor lighting: accent lighting and task lighting. Accent lighting is used to accentuate, that is, to light areas like plants, trees, ponds, statues, and more. It’s basically a way to tell people, “Hey, look at me!” Task lighting is all about practicality, involving the use of lighting fixtures for paths, stairs, safety, and security. You want to strike a balance between the two to create a liveable and relaxing outdoor space. 

Designs and Lighting Types The list of lighting designs and themes for outdoor spaces are endless, however, you can get started by knowing the basics. Again, the key here is strike a balance using a combination of task and accent lighting fixtures. 

Downlights – these are the most common fixtures for task lighting, and are usually installed above the eye with the light shining down. Use them for doors, stairs, and entrances to the garden. Spotlights – these accent lights are great for highlighting aesthetically pleasing areas in your garden. Think statues, unique plants, ponds, grottos and more. 

Uplighting – you want to use these to illuminate tree trunks, canopies, and water features. Get more tips on outdoor lighting here, and while you’re at it, feel free to get ideas on which LED lights are best for outdoor applications from the LiquidLEDs support team!

 

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