Planning on making a garden lighting plan? Here's some advice!
Garden lighting usually serves two purposes. Firstly to provide functional light and secondly to create an attractive atmosphere. Options such as sensor lighting that trigger when you walk past or beautiful patio lighting that illuminate your summer evenings can be great additions to your garden area. Creating a lighting plan is a great way to figure out where you need to place your garden lights. This can also been done for a garden where lighting is already instalLED but you wish to add further functional lighting. While it is possible to create a lighting plan yourself, you can also ask for help from a professional. Feel free to send us any questions in regards to your lighting plan!
Making your own garden lighting plan
Follow these simple steps to create your own garden lighting plan.
Step 1: Sketch your garden area
Sketch your garden area as close to scale as possible. Indicate important areas of your garden such as the terrace, pond, seating area or other garden features you wish to particularly illuminate.
Step 2: Consider what areas need the most lighting
Decide which areas in your garden need the most lighting. Are there certain parts of your garden that you wish to have more atmospheric lighting? Or are there certain areas that need more functional bright light? Is an extra lamp needed outside your front door? Indicate these places on your plan.
Step 3: Determine the type of lighting needed
Think about what kind of lighting is best for the areas that you have outlined. Think about how much light intensity you will need. Decide whether you want fuctional or mood lighting. Are you looking to highlight a particular tree or shrubs? Consider alternating between bright light and softer lights to create a beautiful effect.
Step 4: Determine the light direction for each light point
Also figure out the direction your light needs to face to achieve your desired light effect. Are you wanting to uplight a fence or wall? Are you looking to illuminate the driveway with a recessed ground spot and if thats the case, do you need the light to be fixed shining upwards or adjustable so the you can direct the light yourself?
Step 5: Selecting the right voltage
Think about whether the area is best suited for low voltage (12 volts) or high voltage (230 volts). Lighting with low voltage can easily be installed on your own whereas maing voltage it is best installed by a certified electrician.
Even though you may have completed your lighting plan and included all the relevant information needed, you might still find yourself scratching your head as you may have missed few points here and there! However, not to worry you can always give us a call to assist you further if your need any advice when it comes to your lighting plan!
If you require assistance or have questions, please contact us.