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The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.

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Three Interesting Garden Lighting Projects To Try

Ross Stewart

Do you have lights in your garden other than the security lights? Do you want to make your garden stand out at night? There are many ways of doing this, but garden lighting projects are just as good as any of them. Here are three projects to try:


Uplighting involves installing lights to illuminate objects above them. For example, you can fix bulbs at the base of a tree to shine on the leaves and branches above it. Uplighting works best with objects that are wider at the top than their bottoms. You can try it on trees and statues and experiment with different angles and distances (from the light source to the top of the object) for different effects.

High-pressure light sources, such as sodium lamps, disrupt plant growth patterns, so stay away from them. Stick to low-pressure light sources, such as fluorescent lamps, which do not harm plants.

Water Lighting

Just like the name suggests, it involves illuminating water features, such as ponds, water fountains and swimming pools. The origin of the light can be above, on, or below the water surface. Here are a few ideas to try with water lighting:

  • For safety, illuminate the rails and ladders to help night time swimmers climb out of the pool.
  • Use submersible lights for moving water features, such as fountains. The changes in reflections, glints, and intensity of the light can be pretty to look at.
  • Use color changing pool lights for lighting swimming pools to show motions, such as ripples, on the surface of the water.

Shadowing or Silhouetting

Creating shadows or silhouettes of garden objects can also make interesting creations. This works best with tall objects, such as trees and statutes, since they form the best shadows. For shadowing or silhouetting, you need to put the light sources beside, in front or behind the object.

Again, play around with different angles and sides to see which ones work best. You don't need full installations for the experiments. Just use a flashlight to illuminate the objects from different angles. Place the lights in such a way that the shadows fall on your walls or fences for interesting effects since ground shadows aren't that easy to see.

As interesting as these gardening lights may be, they can be pretty dangerous if not professionally installed. For example, outdoor moisture can create problems that may not be an issue indoors. That why they don't make good DIY projects. A professional will help you to use materials and installations that will not be affected by weather.

For more information, contact B & N Electric Company Inc or a similar company.