A piece of the Twilight – Garden lighting
Aside from the bedroom, the garden is perhaps the next best place in your house to relax and wind up after a stressful day. Although relaxing would only be half possible without using the appropriate lights to set your mood in the evening. Gardens are usually more dramatic in the twilight so that it’s important to “extend” the twilight with garden lighting.
Here are some techniques on how to make garden lighting look dramatic minus the wires and cables. It’s a must to conceal the light source by tucking it behind a shrub, a large branch, wall or rock. Unless you wish to have a shadowy effect for your garden beams, avoid installing luminaries under low shrubs or tall grasses as this obstructs the beam’s passage from the fixture to the focal point.
Avoid over lighting your garden. Having less and concealed lights offer a more dramatic effect. It’s also great to experiment on garden lighting such as setting lighted trees in a background of a forested area to create silhouettes. To provide accents/spotlighting, intense and focused lights may be placed near the base of trees, surfaced wall, or trellis. Cross lighting is great if your aim is to show off something like an antique statue or gnarled tree. To do this, position two light beams on either side of the object.
Creating silhouettes is one of the popular means to add some relaxing aspects to your garden. Position a recessed luminaire behind or below an object to achieve this effect. Another tip to consider for garden lighting is downlighting that is also a method for security lighting (as effective and affordable). You can position bright spotlights near the roof to illuminate a wider area. Smaller luminaries may be mounted near the ground to light up pathways.
If you want to create a vintage atmosphere in your garden, a rustic oil lamp might be able to provide a warmer feel and more natural effect for garden lighting. If you’ve spent a large investment in your landscaped garden with flowerbeds and low shrubs, you can extend their beauty up until nighttime by positioning luminaries so that they can illuminate low lying landscaping and ground cover.
You can also try uplighting as a garden lighting technique. This is great if you have a canopy of branches covering your garden. To achieve this, recessed luminaries may be placed in the ground so that their lamps are angled upwards.
However impression you want for your garden lighting, it’s important to bear in mind that garden lighting can set your mood and it impacts your overall emotional state at home. After all, there’s no place like home with a garden.