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2. Installing wires and pipes after plantingLighting in a garden can take it from modest to magical. It can also extend the time you spend in your outdoor room as you won’t be restricted to enjoying it in only the daylight hours. If you think you might like outdoor lighting at some point, do the ground work before you plant to prevent having to dig up the garden to install the cabling once it is established, or trying to find ways to hide unsightly wires.
What’s the secret to success?The key to a great garden and deck lighting scheme is to combine different light sources. You want a layered lighting set-up with lights that perform different roles. This will provide practical illumination so guests can move comfortably around your garden and deck, and it will also add depth and intrigue to the space. Your lighting scheme might include a mix of uplights, downlights or up/down lights to highlight architectural features or your favourite plants; bollard lights to illuminate a path; recessed deck lights so guests can travel about the area safely; and spotlights to provide a gentle wash of light to your outdoor space and draw the eye to its best features.Need an expert to get your outdoor lighting scheme right? Find a local lighting designer and supplier on Houzz
How can I highlight features in my garden?“There are different ways of lighting garden features, and combining them can achieve some fantastic results,” says Davies. “There’s nothing more dramatic than an uplit tree, and in fact, it’s possible to use uplighting exclusively in a garden.“However, think about lighting the horizontal plane by way of contrast,” he says. “Light cast across a step or over a lawn makes a great contrast to uplighting and is a good way to make sure you avoid black holes. “Lighting your way along a path or driveway also works really well and leads the eye through the space at night time,” he continues. “Also consider downlighting on a wall or fence, particularly if you’re worried about light pollution.”