Landscape and garden lighting can be overlooked or ends up being only the dull wash of a security floodlight and perhaps some nasty, non invasive spreadlights illuminating paths. That’s because garden lighting, such as anything else in the backyard needs to be planned if it is to triumph on anything other than a purely practical level.
It is possible to change the whole feeling of the garden by night simply by uplighting some key architectural plants, a sculpture, or a water feature.
Security lighting doesn’t have to be dull. Rather than utilizing a too bright, nasty fixture to light entrances doorways could be lit by downlights that graze brickwork and create a warm, inviting entry. Instead of illuminateing avenues with spreadlights, wash adjoining planting or hedges with light by grazing over their surfaces with either rod or surge mounted spotlights.
As a general guideline using several low wattage lighting distributed around the garden is far better than one bright light source.
Decorative lighting can be designed normally functions well as safety lighting allowing safe navigation of the backyard and deterring intruders.
A single, glowing light flattens from the landscape whereas little, low-wattage spotlights can be hidden and directed so they emphasize garden features to provide the desired effect. LED lighting is advancing rapidly, it is significantly cheaper to run than mains voltage light. It’s important to put in the whole wattage of all the lights and ensure you’re installing sufficiently powerful transformers. Low-voltage transformers will specify a total capacity, which must not be exceeded, in fact, it is a good idea to allow a small spare capacity on every transformer. It is also important to not have long cable runs between lights and therefore this is going to result in wire voltage drop which decreases the power to the lights and they won’t work properly.