Tasteful garden lighting can make all the difference when it comes to enhancing your garden or yard. It’s a feature that takes the aesthetic of your outdoor space from good to great! Regardless of the size of your garden, you can benefit from some well-planned and stylish lighting as there are so many different ways to utilise it to maximise the look and feel of your space. At North Valley Composites, we specialise in helping our customers achieve beautiful gardens through the use of composite fencing panels and composite decking. Today, however, we’re shining a light on outdoor lighting ideas with this handy guide. Now more than ever is the time to be out in the garden with BBQs and summer parties in full bloom. What better way to enjoy the warm summer nights than with the soft illumination of bespoke garden lighting? When it comes time to decide how you’re going to light your garden though, there are a few things you must first consider. Identify the most beautiful features of your garden Start by taking a look out in your garden. Note anything you think would look great lit up. This could be a beautiful set of trees, a fountain or pond, some stairs – anything! When you’ve got a list of features you want to enhance, next it’s time to consider what features you’d rather keep in the dark. This could be anything from an old shed or the area in which you keep your wheelie bins. Now take your lists and head back. Grab yourself some paper and create a rough sketch of your garden including all these features and plan out where you’d like your lighting to go. Consider what type of lighting would best suit your garden Like any design feature, there are many ways to light your garden. It’s important when considering your garden lighting ideas to prioritise safety over aesthetics. So it’s best to make sure that whatever you choose, you can see clearly enough to know where you are stepping. Different lighting effects will each give a different look and feel to your space. For example, downlights are great for highlighting wall features and doorways, but won’t be great overall illuminators. Whereas, uplighting is great for enhancing trees or statues. Spotlights are great for making key features like water fountains pop. Similarly, if you’re looking to light up the garden for better visibility at night we’d recommend the best solar garden lights you can find. The kind that sticks in the ground is a great and inexpensive choice. Choosing an IP rating for your garden lights An Ingress Protection, or as it’s more commonly known, an IP rating refers to the level of protection a bulb or light fixture has against dirt and water. So it’s important when considering what lighting is best for the garden to also take this into consideration. If you’re in the UK, then you’re going to want to go for garden lighting that has a high IP rating, since it’s likely going to be out during the rain. However, if you’re struggling you can always speak to an expert. If you are thinking about incorporating some beautiful lighting into your garden this summer, why not consider further enhancing your space with some of our composite decking or fencing? Our composite precast will keep your garden secure and looking its best for years to come. What’s more, it will look stunning when illuminated. At North Valley Composites, we stock our composite ranges in a variety of stylish shades such as Golden Oak, Driftwood, and Black Ash. If you need help deciding, that’s what we’re here for. Get in touch with our friendly team on 01282 677300, and we’ll be happy to help!