Even in Relatively Mild Climates, Sitting in the garden on Summer Days is Taken For Granted, And There Are Many Times During The Year When It Is Possible To Enjoy The Garden Late Into The Evening, So It Is Hardly Surprising That The Expression ‘The Extra Room’ Is Used To Describe The Back Yard And Garden.
Garden Lighting is, at worst, considered to be a luxury that we can do without or, at best, exterior lighting is woefully limited and ill-considered.
Readers who enjoy cooking and eating outside, have probably installed lighting for that purpose, but how many of you have left the rest of the garden in darkness? This chapter is intended to enable you to take the ideas you have adopted for interior lighting out into the garden and exploit them fully.
There will be other practical considerations, such as lighting paths and driveways, but generally, garden lighting is something to have fun with, very much a theatrical affair. A good lighting scheme can transform the daylight scene, encourage practical night-time use, and still look attractive and exciting.
The garden can be large or small, hard or soft, modern or traditional; lighting works equally well. In gardens large enough to have walks and discrete areas, different moods and moments can be made, some which will entice you further and some which you will come upon suddenly, and with modern systems and fittings some quite startling effects are possible. Irrespective of the complexity of your layout, light can dramatize the best aspects and even create features of itself.
In the lighting guide series we will cover all the aspects of landscape lighting such as Power Sources, hardware, effects & Ideas, pathway lighting, security lighting and many more. So stay tuned to this series and get mastery over the lighting aspect.