When designing gardens we always advice on adding lighting, in a subtle, enhancing way. We work with specialists and consultations to achieve this.
John Doyle from Lightyourgarden www.lightyourgarden.co.uk has consulted and installed the lights in the Classic, elegant Family Garden, Ashtead. This is what he says:
There are some Do’s and Dont’s you may want to consider when installing lights in your garden, lets start with the …
BUDGET. Sometimes the budget won’t allow for a full installation. Then, during the build of the garden, cables can be laid and the installation of the lighting system can be installed at a later stage.
GLARE. If you don’t get this right in the lighting design then just one misplace light can ruin the whole effect you are after. Therefore it is important to establish how you want to use the garden and avoid staring into lights where you sit.
COLOURS. Colour choice is subjective but generally a warm, white LED will feel like a ‘natural’ choice to light most shrubs. There are exceptions to be the rule, an olive tree or a silver birch will look good with a neutral or cool white LED which enhances their natural colour every time. Amber LED is a very soft light and directed onto Corten Steel panels and timber steps or decking can make it feel warm. Green LED is not a natural look for planting but can look quite effective balanced with warm white or Coll white LEDs. Red and blue LEDs – think party!