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Summer garden lighting ideas to light up your life

18 January 2016


Summer is the perfect time to entertain friends, and while away blissful evenings in the comfort of your own backyard. To help you make the most of the summer season, we have put together a few ideas to help you create a few unique garden lighting ideas and tips that are sure to impress your guests.


Lighting direction and space

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Photo: AJ Monpetit

Before you decide on a specific garden lighting setup, first you need to spend some time thinking about what the optimal lighting solution will be for the area you are working with. Will top down lighting be suitable for a dining area such as your back deck? How about an uplit garden path to create a magical mood in your garden?


Consider the space you are working with and sketch up a rough plan of the areas you will use the most and what the ideal lighting solution is.


Focus on feature points


A simple and effective idea for enhancing the ambiance of your garden using lighting is to focus on feature points as a garden lighting centrepiece. Garden archways, trees, textured surfaces and staircases are all great places to start. Remember to subtlety try to create a distinct feel with your lighting choice.

Your lighting should be practical, but don’t be afraid to develop a mood at the same time.


Use plants to create interesting shadow patterns on a wall or roof


Placing an upward facing light underneath a vase of flowers can throw an intricate and captivating contrast of shadows onto almost any surface. This technique can be used in any situation to create a magical feel to your garden space and can be altered easily to provide a unique pattern each time. For more inspiration, check out some of these ideas.


Upcycle some old household items to add a personal touch to your garden lighting


See what items you have laying around your house that can spice up your garden lights. Old lampshades, bottles, jars, fish tanks, fabric, planter pots, chandeliers are just a few suggestions. See how creative you can get and turn ordinary garden lighting into a work of art.


Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the company of friends and a great chance to relax in the comfort of your garden or backyard. By taking the lead with a few of these tips, you can get the most from your outdoor area and add a touch of magic using some innovative lighting choices.


Would you like some lighting ideas? View our gallery of patio/deck and driveway lighting ideas for inspiration.


Get a quote for garden lighting in Newcastle and the Hunter by calling 1300 766 324.

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