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17

Jul
2019

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In Lighting tips and advice

By Steven Roziers

Put your garden in the spotlight with outdoor spots

On 17, Jul 2019 | No Comments | In Lighting tips and advice | By Steven Roziers

Do you want to put your garden in the spotlight literally and figuratively? Then garden spots are the way to go! Use the directional light of the spots to put those elements of your garden in the spotlight that deserve it. This way, the most beautiful parts of your garden also come into their own in the evening.

How to optimally illuminate eye-catchers?

The big eye-catchers of your garden such as trees, statues, and other works of art should stand out day and night. We recommend ground spots or spike lights for their illumination, depending on the height of the surrounding greenery. After all, the light from ground spots is lost between plants. In this case, spike lights are a better choice. Ground spots are recommended for use in the grass or gravel. They attract less attention than spots on pins.

Trees

Aim the spots at the underside of the tree’s crown. This creates the most beautiful lighting effect. The amount of spots you’ll need depends on where the tree is in your garden. If it stands in the middle of a patch of lawn and is visible from all sides, illuminate it all the way around. It is best to use three spots for this. Two spots are sufficient for a tree on the edge of your garden.

The type of spots you should use depends on the type of tree you want to light up. You’ll also need spots with a high light output for trees with a tall trunk. If you use spots that are too weak, the light won’t reach the top of the tree and your spots won’t have as lovely an effect.

You should also look at the shape of the tree. Spots with a narrow beam are recommended for narrow trees, such as conifers. Some of the light from wider beams won’t actually fall on the tree, meaning it’s lost. Spots with a wide beam of light are interesting for oaks, weeping willows, and other large trees. The wide beam accentuates the volume of the crown.

Statues and works of art

A work of art in the garden is quite different from a painting on the wall, which is why front lighting is a bad idea. You’re better off illuminating it from the sides. This showcases the details better. You can also place a lamp behind the work of art. This creates a well-defined silhouette.

Water features

To illuminate water features such as swimming pools and (swimming) ponds, you can opt for underwater lighting, but you can illuminate these from above just as well. Spike lights are the ideal solution here.

Because spike lights are adjustable, you can play with up and down lighting. Illuminate the landscaping around your pond using uplighting. The light from the downlights is reflected on the water’s surface. Combine all of this to create a very attractive whole.

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