The days are getting longer and the temperatures are inching up.
Pretty soon we’ll be spending more time outdoors entertaining guests and having fun with the family — even after the sun finally drops below the horizon.
It’s a great time to start thinking about garden lights to create an inviting mood and illuminate the occasion. Perhaps the best news of all is the wide variety of styles available to fit every budget.
Benefits of garden lights
Garden lights provide a lot of practical and aesthetic benefits for almost any landscape design:
- Added security when motion-activated lights are included
- Safety for walking outdoors after dark
- Many varieties to choose from
- Shows off your garden after dark
- Great for outdoor entertaining in the evening
- Garden lights are becoming more affordable
- Many varieties are easy to install
Where to place garden lights
HGTV suggests making a rough sketch of your yard to estimate where you’d like to add new landscape lighting or update your current lighting scheme.
- A path may need lights to help people see.
- On your patio or deck, illuminate benches, tables, and other outdoor furniture
- Create a soft mood around shrubs or flowers
- Enhance the look of fountains or other water features
Different kinds of garden lights
Depending on where you’d like to place your lights and the amount of light needed for each area of your yard, different types of garden lights will be appropriate for each area:
- Deck lights
- Push-in lanterns
- Spot lights
- Up lights
- Rope lights
- Statues with built-in lights
How much do garden lights cost?
The types of lights you choose will also be influenced by how much money you’re willing or able to spend and how much labor is required to install them.
- Some sophisticated outdoor lighting systems require new wiring that must be buried underground — at least 18” under the surface and encased with insulation that will protect the wires from contact with water; must be installed by a licensed electrician.
- Generally most expensive
- Can cost up to $100 per light
- Must add the cost of labor to have electrician install
- For medium price ranges, low-voltage lighting needs outdoor receptacles and transformers.
- Cost ranges from as little as $30 per light to as much as $300 per light
- Depending on what brand and features you choose
- Generally easy to install by a do-it-yourselfer
- For added savings as well as environmental benefits, outdoor solar lights are the easiest to install.
- No cords to bury or hide
- Position so that photovoltaic cell gets adequate sunlight during the daytime
- Initial cost of solar lights
- Outdoor LED lighting provide added energy efficiency
- If lights are in a location with lots of shade, you will need to run wiring from the lights to a solar panel. An electrician may need to install and secure the wires, or bury them to ensure safety and attractiveness.
Do you need help selecting or installing garden lights? Get in touch with us at Complete Electrical Solutions. We’ll help you design the best lighting design for your landscaping needs.