Now is the right time to start planning your exterior lighting!
It’s January, the weather is dank, and your outdoor spaces are probably looking a little uninviting right now. So, thinking about creating your amazing outdoor spaces for the warmer seasons may be a little far from your mind right now, but this is one of the best times! I regularly sit looking out to my garden, planning what to do with it to make it a more enjoyable and very social space ready for my friends or even some quiet solitude for the summer months.
Outdoor lighting can make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of your outdoor spaces. It can help to create a beautiful and inviting atmosphere, making your outdoor space perfect for entertaining and relaxing. But, with so many different outdoor lighting options available, it can be hard to know where to start. That's why we've put together this guide of outdoor lighting tips and tricks to help you create an oasis that you'll love spending time in.
Start with ambient lighting
Ambient lighting is the overall lighting that provides a sense of brightness and warmth to your outdoor space. This can be achieved through the use of outdoor wall lights, post lights, and even string lights. For a truly magical effect, try using outdoor lamps like the Jim To Go lamp from Nordlux.
Add task lighting
Task lighting is a great way to highlight specific areas of your backyard. For example, you may want to add a light above your grill or outdoor kitchen to make it easier to cook at night. You could also add lighting to your garden beds to show off your beautiful plants.
Use accent lighting
Accent lighting is used to draw attention to specific features in your garden, such as sculptures, water features, or trees. This can be achieved using spotlights or well lights.
Consider colourOutdoor lighting doesn't have to be limited to white light. You can also use coloured lights to create a unique and eye-catching look in your backyard. For example, you could use purple lights to create a romantic atmosphere or red lights to create a dramatic effect.
Control your lightingWith the right lighting control system, you can easily turn your lights on and off, adjust their brightness, and even change their colour. This can be done through a smartphone app, a remote control, or even with your voice.
Consider your environmentParticularly harsh outdoor environments make extra demands of outdoor lighting, as high levels of water, sand and salt are wearing on materials and accelerate corrosion which you will need to be conscious of. Products constructed in extra-resistant materials such as copper, brass, nickel, and galvanised steel, are particularly suitable for areas close to the coast with severe weather.
Safety firstMake sure to place your lights in areas that are safe and not a tripping hazard. Also, ensure that the wiring is properly protected and not a potential fire hazard.
Creating a garden oasis is a fun and rewarding project, and outdoor lighting is an important aspect of that. With these tips and tricks in mind, you'll be well on your way to designing a beautiful and functional outdoor space that you'll enjoy for years to come. And if you're looking for high-quality outdoor lighting products, be sure to check out https://heavenlychandeliers.co.uk/collections/outdoor-lighting, we offer a wide range of outdoor lighting options that are sure to fit your needs.
You can also see our Buyer’s Guide which offers more help and information about buying the right lights for your outdoor spaces https://heavenlychandeliers.co.uk/pages/buyers-guide.