There are a great many reasons why a household might want to use lights in the garden; one of the most popular reasons is to create both an interesting and stylish design. There are lots of different types of garden lighting and choosing the right one for the garden can be the most difficult part. It is most important to think about which type of light is wanted and where in the garden it is going to be put.
Having designer garden lights will provide an excellent focal point at night and they could also create some interesting shadows which will enhance the design. For this kind of lighting use spotlights or other types of lights that will illuminate a small garden. Making a focal point in the garden using lights normally works best when the lighting is kept to a relatively small area as this will draw attention to that location.
Garden path lighting will make it possible to see at night, they will also improve the appeal of any garden design. Some outside path lights will work really well if there is a curved path but straight paths will still achieve a good look. Make sure that the lights are bright enough for anyone walking along the path but not too bright that they are overwhelming the rest of the garden. Outdoor lighting is also a good security feature as it will deter thieves, but should not stop a homeowner from taking out household insurance.
If parties are often held, then use some backyard patio lighting. The style of lighting will depend on the overall style of the garden and how big the patio is. If it is a small patio then go for a small umbrella light, while a standalone light will be needed it the patio is larger. If some low voltage garden lights are used if will be possible to cut down on energy costs. LED garden lighting also tends to be a lot more energy efficient than most other types. If the garden or patio area gets lots of sunlight then consider going for solar garden lights which will have almost no running costs once they have been installed.
Everyone will have different ideas about what lighting to go for. Will it be electric which will require cables? Solar lighting that will charge via sunlight? Or even candle lights and oil lanterns? All three have their advantages and disadvantages. Electric will be more reliable but will mean cables, solar are cable free and environmentally friendly but will need sunlight in order to be charged and candle garden lights are fairly cheap but are not recommended if children or pets are around.