We’re always talking about putting lights outside in the garden, aren’t we. And then something else diverts us and nothing gets done. Why is this, I wonder? Are we put off by the imagined complexities of the job, or the thought of the expense? Whichever it may be, here are some ideas to get the imaginative juices going.
Your first choice is between portable solar battery powered light, and fixed installations hard-wired back to the house. Solar is great if you are looking for subtle illumination of a shrub, but no good at all if you wanted to light up the general garden. Never ever, and I mean never attempt to wire up an outside electric fitting yourself. This is because a mistake could be deadly in the rain. Rather get electrician quotes from Mr-Skill to help you find an
electrician who can be trusted.
o All gardens have a path leading up to the front door, and this needs to be well lit up when you return home after dark. Bottle lights hanging from eaves are so old-fashioned now – how about a row of designer lights along the path instead?
o Is there a particular spot in the garden that you would like to highlight after dark? Perhaps this is a tinkling fountain or a set of dramatic pots. Local lighting is what you need to buy.
o Maybe your desire is to make gentle brushstrokes like nature at the break of dawn. This is where portable solar battery power light comes in. Just imagine what it would be like to walk in the early morning in your garden lit up like this.
There is no end to what can be done with garden lighting, especially when we let our imaginations run free. Remember though not to attempt to wire outdoor lighting yourself – I know for one that electricians in London will never touch an unprofessional wiring job done by an amateur outside in a garden.