Monday, November 23, 2020

Lighting the Water Garden

As beautiful and appealing as your water garden appears in daylight, imagine what it would look like at night when lighted! Fountains and cascades take on a whole new aspect if lit at night, becoming vibrant displays of moving, glittering water while the glow of submerged lights can create eerily attractive pools of incandescent color within the main pool.

By lighting up patios, poolsides, paths, decks, steps, bridges and barbecues, you can safely make full use of such areas at night. The safety aspect of lighting must be emphasized, as poor lighting can turn a charming daytime landscape into a potentially hazardous one at night. Lighting also improves security as well-lit gardens tend to deter possible intruders.

There are two methods of highlighting water in the garden, either from above the water surface or below. There are a number of units on the market for use as outdoor lighting, including some intended for underwater. Examine your garden and decide which features you want to highlight. Floodlights can be hidden in trees, among plants, or even fixed to buildings. If you direct these down onto the water surface, they will lift the pool out from the darkness.

Shine light at pond waterfall installations to obtain glittering, moving reflections of the cascade. Try using a hidden spotlight to pick out the detail on a fountain ornament or sculpture and reflect it on the water surface. Shine uplighters into trees around the pool to create a green glow which will illuminate the surrounding area. The moving leaves will create a constantly changing pattern, and this will be stunningly reflected in the water.

Below the water, in-pool lighting can be used in a variety of ways. You could direct floodlighting across a body of water, causing a diffuse glow to emanate from the pool, or in ponds with clear water and pale colored bases, light can be directed at and reflected from the base.

Fintastic pond services in Charlotte NC offers a large variety of lighting options for you to choose from and can also help you decide which garden features you want to emphasize and how to do it.