Via an exhaustive search within the public domain, several tips surrounding landscape lighting for gardens include ensuring flexibility when designing a garden's landscape lighting, ensuring the lighting of walking paths and steps, and the selection of appropriate lighting designs for each area of a garden to bring out the right lighting effects have been determined. A detailed overview of our methodology and findings follow.
We started research by searching for relevant information in landscape design resources which included Urban Greenery, Unique Landscapes, Garden Design and Plant Care Today. We looked specifically for information that was related to garden landscape lighting design in these resources. Through this strategy, we were able to find general tips on landscaping.
Next, we searched for relevant information on news and media websites that included the HuffPost, CNN, and Forbes because these types of resources usually contain informative articles on various topics that include landscaping. However, after doing a thorough search through these resources, we found that they only contained information on garden landscape design in general with specific information on landscape lighting for gardens remaining unavailable.
In our third strategy, we looked at research articles on garden landscape lighting because the authors of such articles were likely to address the topic of garden landscape lighting design. However, like our other strategies, this strategy was also unsuccessful in unearthing relevant information. Consequently, we utilized the tips found on the landscape design sources which were related to garden landscape lighting design. After going through these tips, we selected the ones that were talked about the most and used them as insights into the research question.
TIPS SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE LIGHTING FOR GARDENS
1. ENSURING FLEXIBILITY WHEN DESIGNING A GARDEN'S LANDSCAPE LIGHTING
A flower garden's landscape lighting design should be made flexible as often flowers are not permanent and eventually, there may come a time to move. Additionally, different flowers have different blossom magnitudes meaning the need to trim the flowers may also arise. Therefore, it is important to keep flexibility in mind when designing a flower garden's landscape lighting so that the design can be easily and effortlessly moved from one place to another when the need arises.
In addition, the use of LED lights in the design of garden landscape lighting is gaining more attention not only because of the light's low power consumption but also because of the flexibility that comes with the usage of LED lights. LED lights offer more flexibility and they are durable in different environmental conditions.
2. ENSURING THE LIGHTING OF WALKING PATHS AND STEPS
Placing path lights near flowers and plants adds texture and beauty to a garden's landscape at night. However, path lights should not be arranged purposefully to ensure the aesthetic scene of the garden landscape is maintained and appreciated.
To produce a natural lighting effect like that of the sun or moon, downlighting of a garden's area along walking paths and steps should be done. The natural lighting effect of downlighting can be achieved by installing lighting fixtures on larger plants in the garden to make the light mimics how the moon's light falls on the earth from the skies. The lighting fixtures could either be concealed using garden vegetation or low-voltage garden lighting that resemble lamp posts can be used to conceal the fixtures. Additionally, the lights should be shielded to reduce glare.
The lighting of a garden area along steps should be specifically designed in such a way that they are hidden under the rim of each step to ensure the elevating part of the step is adequately illuminated. The lights should also be placed in a way that shows off the garden to ensure the steps are not too bright because it is small are. Using a diagonal pattern to set up step lights makes steps to appear unique because light will shine directly on the location of each step's landing.
To sum up, the illumination of walking paths and steps is important because it makes it safer for people to pass through such areas at night. This type of illumination also scares off any potential trespassers that may have the intention of intruding into the premises.
3. SELECTING THE APPROPRIATE LIGHTING DESIGN FOR EACH AREA OF A GARDEN IN ORDER TO BRING OUT THE RIGHT EFFECTS
Lighting should come from the same direction as natural light i.e. from above and the higher the height the better. For this purpose, low-voltage lighting should be used with a strict restriction on light bulbs that exceed 100 watts.
LED garden lights should be considered in lighting design because they are known to produce a lot of light while remaining efficient on power consumption. In addition, smaller lights should be used when lighting large flower beds or other planting areas of a garden instead of a single large unit. Doing this creates overlapping pools of light that are free of glare in the center like in the case of a single large lighting unit.
The Illumination of bare trees should be avoided and light-colored areas such as walls and fences should be illuminated because their reflective surfaces will extend illumination by reflecting and diffusing light over a wider area.
In addition, the choice of colored light that brings out an artistic effect in nature should also be considered. Colored light for garden use should be pale tints rather than concentrated hues. On top of that, the lights should also be highly incandescent and unaffected by water, snow, ice or changes in the temperature. PAR-38 bulbs are a good example of lights that are weather resistance and as such, over the years, they have gained more and more usage.
Finally, areas that are to be illuminated using floodlights should have the light source placed between 15 ft and 25 ft above ground level. Additionally, the local lighting of specific objects can incorporate different types of bulbs to bring out the right effects. When large beds of flowers are to be illuminated using floodlights, touches of accent lighting should be added in order to create an interesting scene when the flowers bloom.