Just because the sun has gone in doesn't mean you have to! Brighten up your garden with lights to suit your style, be it subtle mood lighting, or turn the night into day with a bright and powerful display.
There is a huge variety of outdoor garden lights available, though the first choice you need to make is whether you are going to have mains powered, candle light or solar powered ones.
For safety reasons we advise that you get a suitably certified person to carry out any mains powered electrical installations, as there are certain rules and regulations that must be adhered to when providing garden lighting with a power source.
Mains powered lights tend to be brighter than the solar powered lights and obviously don't require a sunny day to give them a full charge. This is the best option if you intend to read, work or use for security purposes all year round. There are also a wide variety of power options, some using as little as 3 watts of power per light. LED lights will be the most energy efficient with a 4 Watt LED light giving out roughly the same brightness as a standard 25 Watt bulb.
For a more subtle display, you could opt for a solar powered light. Although not as bright or powerful as many of the mains powered lights, solar lights have the ability to give a very effective and relaxing ambiance to a garden once natural light levels are low.
Without the hassle of cables and power sources, solar lights can be far easier to install and can be placed anywhere you like around your garden. Some even have solar panels on an extension cord so you can have the light
situated in shady areas and have the panel out in the sun gathering power.
From lighting pathways to lighting up ponds, the possibilities are endless, and a well-lit garden can look stunning.
The true romantic in the garden, you just can't beat the mesmerising glow given off by a flickering candle. Tea-lights are good but tend to only last for around 4-6 hours, so for longer lasting light use a pillar or 'church' candle in a windproof lantern. Even a light breeze will make your candle burn quicker, so to prolong the life of your light treat yourself to a specially designed garden candle holder.
Unlike electric lights, candles can also give off a lovely scent and specific garden scents are available. If you need to keep away those pesky biting insects Citronella candles are very useful.
Did you know? - Citronella oil is made from distilled oils found in different grass varieties, and works by masking scents such as Carbon Dioxide and Lactic Acid which the insects can detect and are attracted to.
With such a huge range available the choice of lighting is purely down to personal preference, though we do have some top tips for you to give you the best display.