The garden has increasingly become more of an outdoor room than ever before. We eat outside, we chat outside, the children play outside, and we relax outside. Once night falls there is absolutely no reason to take the atmosphere indoors with you, and no reason to sit in the dark talking with your guests. Outdoor lighting has improved dramatically in style, availability, affordability and flexibility making it an even more feasible addition to any garden and any location.
Two of the most common types of outdoor lighting are solar fixtures and low voltage installations. Solar lighting, which requires no wiring, is easy to install and relocate, but the fixtures must be placed where they receive adequate sunlight during the day. If your backyard or garden is heavily shaded, low voltage lighting may be a safer choice. As the name implies, these wired fixtures are design for low power consumption and can be placed virtually anywhere.
Solar outdoor lights
Solar outdoor lights or solar landscape lighting can increase the aesthetic value of any sort of landscape. With so many options available that range from solar landscape lights and flood lights to solar security lighting, the solar landscape and outdoor lighting category has a lot to offer in terms of lighting, which are designed to accentuate pathways, driveways and even steps! Solar landscape lights make use of tiny photo voltaic cells (PV) or solar powered cells to charge the battery that is integrated into the lighting fixture. After the battery is charged in the sun for the whole day, it will provide the required electricity to make sure the solar landscape lights are all illuminated after nightfall.
In the market there is vide variety of fitting types are available. You can choose them according to your requirement. And some of the more common and best looking uses for them.
Unique lights: unique lights such as rope lights and artistic lights are also in trend. It not only generates the required light in the required area, the fittings themselves can be used as an aesthetic addition to the garden.
Back lights: These are one of the least common used lights. Placed behind an object or plant and hidden from view, back lights cast a shadow or silhouette. Done properly this can give an incredible and artistic effect.
Down lights: Spotlights and floodlights are among the more commonly used varieties of down lights. The fixture is placed above the object or area that is to be illuminated and the light shines down. This type of fitting can be used either to provide a moonlight or other natural lighting effect or a more stark light for use as security or safety.
Up lights: Originally, up lights were halogen lights placed in the ground and aimed up towards a building or feature. Typically, little effort was taken to hide these lights from the eyes because generally the effectiveness of the area they lit was enough to draw the attention. As well as being able to get in ground lights and other hidden light sources of this variety it is also possible to buy truly unique up light fixtures that are a sight to behold themselves.
Path lights: While path lights are obviously used to light paths they can be used in a variety of settings and ways. Different colours and strengths of light are used to provide different effects but the most important aspect is to provide light and visibility for anyone walking through that area. Place recessed lights into the surface of the pathway itself, it will also create a striking and dramatic effect in a heavily landscaped area.
Fluorescent Grow Lights
These lights are designed to support bigger growth. Their best use is for growing strong, healthy plants in the vegetative stage up to 24 inches tall. Since fluorescent grow lights put out little heat, you can keep the tops of the plants 1 to 4 inches from the bulbs at all times. Even if they touch the bulbs there will be little damage. Mainly it will just be blocking the light.
Choosing the right bulbs is very important. For seedlings, clones, and vegetative growth, use lots of blue light in the spectrum. Pick bulbs that say ‘cool’ or ‘cool white’. With the right bulbs in place, your fluorescent fixture will provide enough light for plants up to 10 or 12 inches. A single fixture like this is perfect for seedlings and clones. By using 2 or 3 fixtures above your plants, you can increase the effective light zone to around 24 inches of good light. This is what you need to do if you are growing plants vegetative to 18 or 24 inches.