Even if all you want to do is gaze upon your beautiful garden, the right lights can make that both possible and delighting. Read on to learn about the different outdoor lights that can make your garden more attractive.
Candles and Torches
Although you won’t be able to see much with them, candles and/or torches are the perfect accent lighting for a garden. Their soft, warm glow creates a calming atmosphere in your garden which can transform it into the perfect place to unwind in at night. Of course, candles and torches are also great because they are a snap to set up and don’t require a power source.
For truly impressive lighting in your garden, try hanging a few candles from some tree branches. Just be sure that the flame is at least a foot away from the branch or its leaves. Candles and torches can also allow you to spend more time, more comfortably in your garden. Many of them are made to repel pests like mosquitoes, letting you really get the most out of your outdoor space.
Candles and torches are great outdoor lighting solutions—except when it gets a little gusty. If you are particularly fond of the soft glow of candlelight, you can mimic the effect with various types of battery-powered lights. This way you can enjoy warm accent lighting outdoors without worrying about a gust of wind leaving you in the dark.
When choosing battery-powered lights, you should always go for the rechargeable ones. In addition, alkaline or lithium-powered batteries hold their charge longer than NiCD or NiMH batteries which have to be charged daily before you can use them each night. Since you’ll likely want the longest lasting light with the least amount of hassle, be sure to check what type of battery comes with your desired light.
Most outdoor electric lights are of the variety that you see wrapped around columns or strung up in the air. These lights are perfect for outdoor spaces because they give off a twinkly, star-like light that creates an enchanting atmosphere. They are also quite functional. Electric lights are low-maintenance and are designed to withstand rain, heat, and other harsh conditions.
You can even easily integrate electric lights into the plant life in your garden. You can wrap them around trees or spread them out over bushes and leave them there for up to three months. Your garden can be lush and green during the day and bright and wondrous at night.
Solar lights contain small solar panels connected to NiCD or NiMH batteries that are charged by sunlight during the day. The best thing about solar lights is that they can effectively stay outside forever (although the life of the battery is a real constraint). The downside of solar lights is that they only produce light for about five hours at a time.
Still, they also require little to no maintenance and they even turn on automatically after the sun sets. This makes them perfect for ambitious landscape lighting such as the types of outdoor scenes you see with patio lighting. Fountains, paths, even your entire garden can be easily and beautifully illuminated by solar lights. Not to mention, solar lights are the most environmentally-friendly way to light up your garden.
Each of these lighting solutions will make your garden more attractive, but choosing the right one depends on function. If you want to spend late nights enjoying your garden space, electric lighting is perfect for the long hours. If you only want to spend a little peaceful, quiet time outside every now and then, candles are the best choice.