By John Brennan, 18/03/2019
If you’re thinking of having your garden re-landscaped it’s definitely worth considering having some lighting put into the scheme, or it may even be possible to add lighting to your existing garden.
Adding lighting means you can use the garden after dark, making it safer and easier to use as well as more attractive.
For many people their garden has become another room in the house with an outside kitchen and other dedicated spaces. But as well as utilitarian lighting making it usable nocturnally as well as during the day, what people increasingly seek is something more ambitious and creative, something that conjures up at night a specific poetry that is not possible when the sun is up. The garden can be a very different place at night, quite magical. A beautiful tree, for instance, is lit from above during the day, so it can create a wonderful effect to light it from below at night.
As well as being out in the garden on summer evenings having some lighting can add another dimension all year round, making it a feature to be admired from inside, picking out certain focal points, painting with light. You can light up multi stemmed trees, sculptures, pools and other water features for example as well as paths and steps.
In a city garden if you want a proper well-lit scheme you could assign around a sixth of the budget to lighting, for example in a 8 x 8m garden with a budget of £30,000 you could think of spending around £5000 on lighting. In a country garden it might be less, you may just light up the odd tree or sculpture. Of course bearing in mind that it will add value to your property.
All in all whatever budget you have and level of lighting you might want it’s definitely worth considering setting aside something for the lights. Get in touch if you’re interested in us doing some work for you, we look forward to hearing from you!