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A 14-Point Checklist for Perfect Lighting Design 

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With the great British sunshine becoming more consistent in the lead up to Summer, now is a great opportunity to start thinking about your garden lighting. 

If you are considering working with a specialist lighting design company like Astra Lumos, here’s a 14-point check list to consider when incorporating lighting design in your garden: 

  1. Define your objectives: Determine the purpose of your garden lighting. Is it for functional purposes like illuminating pathways, steps, and entrances, or for creating a specific ambiance or mood? 
  1. Assess your garden’s layout: Take a good look at your garden and identify key features, such as trees, plants, sculptures, water features, architectural elements, and focal points that you want to highlight with lighting. 
  1. Understand lighting techniques: Learn about different lighting techniques, such as up lighting, downlighting, path lighting, accent lighting, and silhouetting. Each technique can be used to achieve specific effects in your garden. 
  1. Consider safety and security: Evaluate areas that require sufficient lighting for safety reasons, such as pathways, stairs, and entrances. Additionally, think about incorporating security lighting to deter potential intruders. 
  1. Select suitable fixtures: Choose lighting fixtures that are appropriate for outdoor use and can withstand various weather conditions. Consider the style and material of the fixtures to ensure they complement your garden’s aesthetics. The brands we use at Astra Lumos are of the highest quality with a focus on longevity. 
  1. Determine the right light sources: Decide between traditional incandescent bulbs, energy-efficient LED lights, or solar-powered options based on your preference, budget, and environmental concerns. If you are unsure about which option will be best for your project, contact us on 01386 904000 to talk through your project! 
  1. Plan for energy efficiency: Optimise energy consumption by using timers, motion sensors, and dimmers to control when and how long your garden lights are on. One of our specialist areas at Astra Lumos is installing app-controlled lighting so you don’t need to go back inside to turn your lights on or off. You can do it very simply from an app on your phone or tablet remotely. 
  1. Create focal points: Identify focal points in your garden, such as sculptures, water features, or architectural elements, and use lighting to highlight and enhance their visual impact. 
  1. Think about pathways and steps: Install lighting along pathways, steps, and walkways to ensure safe navigation at night. Consider using low-level lighting or subtle markers to avoid glare. 
  1. Experiment with different light levels: Play with various light intensities to achieve the desired ambiance in different areas of your garden. Soft and warm lighting may be suitable for relaxation areas, while brighter lighting may be necessary for activity zones. 
  1. Incorporate colour and temperature: Explore the use of coloured lights or different colour temperatures to create specific moods or visual effects in your garden. Cooler tones create a more contemporary and refreshing feel, while warmer tones evoke a cosy and inviting atmosphere. 
  1. Test lighting placement: Before permanently installing your lights, experiment with temporary setups to assess the placement, angles, and effects. Make adjustments as needed to achieve the desired lighting design. If you are working with our in-house lighting design team however, we will do all of this planning for you and create a plan that works perfectly with the way you live, work and relax. 
  1. Consider light pollution: Be mindful of minimising light pollution and its impact on neighbouring properties and wildlife. Direct your lighting downward and use shields or glare-reducing techniques to prevent unnecessary light spillage. 
  1. Maintain and update: Regularly inspect and maintain your garden lighting system to ensure functionality and safety. Replace bulbs when necessary and periodically revaluate your lighting design to accommodate changes in your garden’s layout or landscaping. There are many different brands that you could choose to create your desired effect, and some are way more reliable than others. If you are going to consider investing in a project like this, it’s best to do it properly and work with an experienced team who can guarantee the quality of their work. 

Remember, every garden is unique, so feel free to adapt these considerations based on your specific needs, preferences, and the characteristics of your garden. And if you want to chat it through with experienced professionals who live, breathe, eat, sleep, walk and talk lighting design, get in touch! 

Please contact me at james@astralumos.co.uk or 01386 904 000 for more information or to speak with a member of our team about collaborating with the UK’s foremost authority on creating beautiful places. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel

Have a wonderful day until next time, and I hope to see you in the next article! 

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