Not only design : Not only as a place to put various types of plants, the garden in the residence can also beautify the appearance of the dwelling. But don’t let the beauty of your garden dim when night falls. Put lights in the garden area so that it can still look charming. Most people choose based on design alone.
However, there are many things to consider. For those of you who are still confused about choosing the right garden lights, here are tips from interior designer and producer of Lamps Plus, Michael Murphy, as quoted from Real Simple.
1. Choose the type of light you want.
In choosing a lamp, make sure you are familiar with the three basic types of lighting, namely ambient, task, and accent.
Ambient lighting can be obtained through chandeliers, pole lamps, and wall lamps. Meanwhile, task lighting can be realized by the presence of line lights, deck lights or security lights. Meanwhile, to be able to get outdoor lighting accents, you can take advantage of landscape fixtures and spotlights.
2. Calculation of needs Before you start shopping
you need to know exactly how much lighting you need. “To determine how much light a room needs, try multiplying the square footage of the area you want to light by 1.5 to get a rough estimate of the total wattage needed,” says Michael.
3. Adjust to the size of the garden
Measure the area of your garden carefully so as not to choose equipment that is too large in scale than it should be. Placement of lights is very dependent on the location of placement. Whether for a front porch or back porch, the outdoor wall lamp should be approximately one-third the height of the door. Also make sure that you choose the type of lamp that is durable and made of high quality materials and is resistant to all weather.
4. Use LED
Michael suggested for garden lights, use LED lamps. In addition to using significantly less energy than halogen or incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs are also low maintenance, so you don’t need to replace the bulbs.
5. Observe the light from inside the house
Observing garden light from inside the house is helpful in deciding which lighting to choose and how to place it around your yard. “Consider how patios, gardens, and walkways look from inside your home,” says Michael. “Garden lighting that can be seen from the living room adds extra value at night.”