The Different Types of Garden Lights and How to Use Them
- 24 May, 2017
Garden lights come in many different forms,and the various areas of your garden will benefit the most from certain types of light fitting. What follows is a breakdown of the various types of garden light and the areas they tend to work best in.
Garden spike lightsSpike lights are mounted on top of a short spike, which is pushed into the ground at the desired location. They can be mains, battery or solar powered, so you have the freedom to choose the best option for your requirements. Prices can range from £5 to £35, and good quality solar or battery powered spike lights give you complete flexibility in where you locate them in your garden. Use garden spike lights in or around flowerbeds, lawns and paths.
Garden Bollard Light
Garden bollard lightsBollard lights look like miniature street lights. They work well in larger gardens and outdoor spaces and are available in a range of sizes and styles. As well as giving careful thought to the size and style that you choose, you should also consider how light is emitted. Some bollards provide 360 degrees of light, which are ideal for large, open spaces. Others shine in a single direction, providing a narrower beam of light and illuminating what is directly in front of it, rather than what’s around it. Use garden bollard lights for driveways, wider garden paths and lawns.
Outdoor spotlightsSpotlights can be mounted in an elevated position on walls or trees and angled downwards; or placed at ground level on a spike, pointing upwards or level. They provide a wide beam of light to illuminate a large area. Spotlights are generally mains or battery powered, however there are also solar powered options, but these will not provide as high a light output. Use outdoor spotlights to illuminate paths, driveways and lawns from above; and trees, bushes and walls from the ground. Bear in mind that this type of light emits a wider splash of light, and are best used in large, open areas; or angled upwards at the base of trees and bushes to illuminate them.
Garden wall lightsGarden wall lights are different from spotlights in that they are decorative light fittings that both provide light to an outdoor area and look good in their own right. Most wall lights are mains powered but there are solar and battery powered options out there as well.
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