Garden lights are extremely popular these days, and despite what you may have known, there is a proper way to actually install lights in your garden, as well as many different varieties that you’ll want to possibly choose from. Because of this, you may find this to be a stressful experience, or you may be like a kid in a candy store overwhelmed with choices. Not only that, but once you buy them. What do you do with them, and how do you install them? Well, in this guide we’ll tell you all about it!
Choose Solar or Wired
The first step is to choose your light. This is normally the hardest part, because there are so many options. You can choose lights which have special features like changing colors, and even purchase multi-purpose lights that have adjustments to go from spotlights to flood lights. Otherwise, if you’re just wanting to give some general light, you can go with basic driveway lights that are solar powered. You can even use low-voltage lighting, which can plug into any outlet outside. Some even have “power supplies” themselves which you can simply plug in, and then run the wire.
If you’re going to run wired lights, keep in mind, these are going to take more work, and will require you to run a trench along the “border” you’re wanting to install the lights in.
When You Install the Lights
For the lights themselves, you need to make sure you make a narrow trench for the cable if you have a cabled light system. Otherwise, you may simply need to place a stake in the ground for solar powered self-efficient lights. One thing to notice however with solar lights – they often aren’t as bright as the other lights. Once you dig the small trench, push the lights into the ground in a relatively straight line compared to those trench cords, and then you can close them up by filling them in and pushing the ground closed.
Anyway, you want to have a dusk to dawn setting added if you’re using a powered unit, so they’ll only come on and you won’t want to use more electricity than needed. Once you do this, you can finish setting any additional features, depending on what type of lighting you purchased.
Solar Powered Lights are Easier
While they often aren’t quite as bright, they are enough that they can light up walkways around your garden, or even mark rows, so if you want, you can also purchase the solar lights as mentioned earlier, and then simply push them in the ground. You’ll want to install them first thing in the morning so they can get the most solar light that same day.
When you’re wanting to install garden lights, you can have one of the most conversational gardens around. One thing to deeply consider is that if you’re wanting to get the most out of your garden lighting, put a flood light or spot light on certain crops or flowers that you’re wanting to pretty well showcase and maintain visibility on all night.