It’s that relaxing time of the year where evenings are light and warm and alfresco dining is the norm. I’ve teamed up with John Cullen Lighting, to show you how to create magical outdoor lighting as seen at Chelsea Flower Show in the LG Eco-City garden designed by Hay-Joung Hwang. I came across John Cullen Lighting during Clerkenwell Design week. These people seriously know good lighting, how to light up space and bring out the beauty of the design features.
Lighting can literally make or break a space, either drawing you in or making space feel a bit dull. Lighting is a huge factor with Interior Design but can also be applied to the outdoors. So if you’re wondering how to get that awesome lighting in your own garden, here are a few tips from John Cullen Lighting and a few pointers from myself.
The key trend for outdoor lighting is the use of LED products. Light-emitting diodes (LED) offer extremely low power consumption. Low heat (to protect sensitive plants, pets and children), as well as long life.
Use lighting to create a feeling of space by lighting up a structural tree or an ancient olive tree in your garden. Lighting can draw your eye to objects or areas such as the hidden seating, beautiful planting and sculptures enticing you through the garden.
ADD LIGHTING IN THE PLANTING
If you look carefully, the lighting shines from within the planting, like the hostas and shrubs. I particularly like how the seating and table have also been lit so that it draws you into space, making it more inviting.
USE THE MAINS POWER SUPPLY
The best way to add lighting is by using a mains power supply. It offers a secure power supply, so no limited light output on cloudy days. As well as the power to control your lighting from the house (rather than having to pop outside to turn things on/off). Don’t forget that external power has to deal with stresses, such as rain and frost etc. so that’s something to think about. Lighting up your garden helps extend into a usable living space for your family.