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Garden Lighting

One of the hottest trends in gardening is lighting things up at night. Whether sitting outside or viewing trees and plants from the inside, lighting can add drama to the night yard and allow owners more time to enjoy the landscape (a real bonus for those who work during the day). Outdoor lighting can also add safety and security to any property. The following should be considered when buying lighting for the garden:

  • Consider whether you want to do your own lighting or hire a professional. Simple outdoor fixtures are easy and inexpensive to install, but more complex systems, especially involving lights in high places, may be beyond the capabilities of some do-it-yourselfers.
  • Garden lighting will be more convenient if it can be turned on indoors. Some lights work with automatic timers.
  • Motion sensitive lights can be used for walkways and driveways for security. These allow for brighter lights that will turn themselves on and off.
  • Some systems allow highlighting select garden features while muting others. The more individual lighting units installed, the more dramatic the look that can be achieved.

Do not to go overboard with nighttime garden lighting. The desired effect is subtle, not harsh brightness that will not only annoy the neighbors but disturb desirable wildlife such as birds. It should still be nighttime in your garden.

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