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A quick guide to outdoor lighting

All Electrical Plus

Create a cozy ambiance in your garden this summer.

Whether you are planning a garden redesign or just thinking about how you’ll illuminate the space in the evening, garden lighting can be difficult to get your head around as there are many things to consider. Here are some tips to get you started.

Where to position your outdoor lights

First, establish if there are any paths or stairs that need lighting for safety and practicality. Then concentrate on lighting the focal points of the garden, such as trees, water features and sculptures while keeping the rest of the lighting subtle.

Highlight features in your garden

There are different ways of lighting garden features and combining them can achieve great results. Light cast across a step or over a lawn creates a nice contrast to up lighting. Lighting your way along a path or driveway also works well and leads the eye through the space at nighttime.

Types of lighting to use


Mains or low-voltage lighting can be used. Mains voltage may be cheaper, but low voltage is recommended for safety. We recommend ground and mounted light fittings. LED strip lighting can illuminate dark gaps beneath stairs. Step lighting can also be recessed into the side walls.

Incorporate smart technology

Smart systems allow wireless switching. This can be to a wall-mounted switch, a fob or, even better, via an app on your smart phone. You can control your garden lighting from any location, as long as you have internet access.

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