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Addison Gardens, Kensington

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Amanda Pollard added this to Everything You Need to Know About Garden Lighting28 May 2019

Which type of outdoor lighting should I choose?“A garden can be lit using either mains or low-voltage lighting [where a transformer reduces the number of volts needed],” says Davies. “Mains voltage may be cheaper, but I’d always recommend the use of low-voltage on account of safety.” Bestall agrees and says, “Low-voltage is quick and easy to install, especially if you use a plug-and-play system. Don’t opt for a cheap one, though, and make sure the transformer is an external one, as these usually come with a simple plug that you can place into an outdoor weatherproof socket.” As for the fittings, Rogers recommends ground and mounted lights. “Mounted lights can be installed on trellises, walls and trees to cast light across areas underneath,” she says. “However, most of our lighting is ambient plant lighting using spike spots or ground-fixed spots.“LED strip lighting can illuminate dark gaps beneath stairs, and inset lighting in paving can highlight objects such as pots,” she adds. “Step lighting can be recessed into the side walls, so the tread is well lit for people to climb.”Bestall isn’t convinced by solar lighting, though. “I’ve yet to find one that works for longer than two years, so I’m not sure how eco-friendly that is,” he says.Browse more images with outdoor design ideas

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kdrakes75 added this to wickham garden10 May 2021

The trellis and bench was made from pretreated softwood timber and painted with french grey exterior wood paint.