Thursday, May 29, 2014

Highlight Your Garden Features With Subtle Outdoor Lighting

By Marci Glover

When the nights start to draw in, a lot of people restrict the amount of time we spend outside. This is because they are not so sure of what, or who, is nearby and feel threatened. If our own personal outside space, such as the garden, is also poorly lit, then this also becomes an unsafe place.

We have all opened our front door and not been able to see the person standing on the porch very clearly. This is because there is no outdoor lighting to help us. If only for security reasons, it is essential that we have some form of lighting illuminating our outdoor spaces, however, the same lighting can be used to beautify the same areas.

This form of illumination can take many styles. You are no longer limited to having cabled floodlights which could also be a hazard by dazzling visitors. Outdoor lights can take the form of poles that highlight walkways, or even just switch themselves on as people move towards them, therefore only be temporary, but serving a very useful purpose.

There are also different ways of powering these lamps, depending on the area they are going to be used in. Security lamps used on business premises are usually powered by underground cabling, as these are usually on for long periods of time. However, if you are wanting to illuminate be outdoor spaces of your home, solar powered lighting is becoming very popular.

Just imagine if you could only have barbecues during the daylight hours, and had to send everybody home when the sun went down. With subtle and well-positioned lighting your party could go on well into the evening. People would still be able to see what they were doing, and where they were walking, with well-positioned walkway lamps, table lamps, and wall lamps, highlighting specific areas.

The very same lamps could also be used as a security measure. You may choose to have them set on a timer, or have them fitted with motion detectors. The best time to install this kind of lighting into your outdoor spaces is when the area is being landscaped, and the designers can lay cables at the same time. However, if the garden is already in place, it is possible to install solar powered lamps. This also allows for flexibility of repositioning the light source, as required.

When you are choosing, and positioning, your lamps it is important that you take into consideration the area that it will be illuminating. You do not want them to dazzle people who are passing by, neither do you want them to leave very dark areas between the illuminated areas. This could be dangerous for passing motorists.

There are a lot of specialists who design outdoor areas who can help you in your choice and positioning of lamps, but this could be outside of your budget. An alternative method is to make use of the free standing solar powered lamps available, though these will initially be expensive, but will have minimal running costs. Lighting your outdoor areas can add both beauty and security, and also allow you to spend more time relaxing in your garden.

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