How to light your garden for winter

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At this time of year improving your garden probably isn’t at the top of your to-do list, but it might be a better time than you think to make changes to your outdoor space. After all, on these dark winter mornings how often have you struggled down your garden path and worried about slipping on a frosty paving slab or tripping over a tree root?

The best way to solve these winter woes is to bring a little light into your garden. Garden lighting isn’t just for long summer evenings – it’s also an absolute gift in the winter. So with that in mind, here are 7 ways to illuminate your garden to make it safer (and more beautiful!).

Spike lights

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If you’re lucky enough to have a large front garden, chances are it can be a struggle to find the path in the dark. In gardens shaded by trees or with long, winding paths, you’ll certainly benefit from adding spike lights to show you where to walk.

These fittings are the quickest, easiest way to get some light into your garden: just stick the spikes into the ground and point them where you need them for instant low-level lighting. No more trips in the dark!

Wall lights

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It’s always a good idea to add some sort of lighting to the front of your house. Wall-mounted lights can illuminate your porch or front door, and they have myriad benefits: they give you something to aim for in the dark, they can help you see what you’re doing when you’re looking for your keys, and they could even act as a deterrent to intruders.

At the very least, if you’re the first one home on a chilly winter’s evening they’ll make the entryway to your home look lovely and cosy!

Post lights

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The last thing you want to tackle on a dark, frosty morning is a flight of steps you can’t see properly. Even if you don’t have far to go from front door to car, for safety’s sake you really should light up your garden steps.

You can do this with built-in brick lights in each step, or by simply adding post lights to the top and bottom of your steps. Choose a design that suits the style of your home and save yourself the worry of walking down steps in the dark.

Decking lights

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Just like steps, it’s a good idea to light up your patio. If you’re ever going to be out there in the dark you’ll need to know where the patio ends and the lawn begins, especially if there’s a drop.

The most effective way of lighting a patio is with some snazzy sunken decking lights – you can put these lights all along the edge of your patio and on the steps. Not only will they make your patio safer, they’ll create a lovely outdoor atmosphere as well, for when the weather gets warmer!

Tree lights

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If you want your outdoor lighting to be stylish as well as practical, why not consider illuminating the trees? OK, maybe stringing a chandelier from the branches might be overdoing it a little, but a few well-placed hanging lanterns will give you high-level lighting to show you the way home.

Not only that, tree lighting also creates lovely pools of light – the perfect solution if you want to light up your whole garden and not just the slabs of your garden path.

Lampposts

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Another one for style-lovers, why not go traditional with a classic lamppost? We have loads of styles to choose from, including iconic single-light lampposts and more ornate triple-headed lampposts.

Imagine several of these dotted along your garden path, or just one near the front gate that can be the beacon to guide you home. Even better, when the weather takes a turn for the worse you can do your own version of singin’ in the rain!

Fairy lights

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Fairylights in the garden aren’t just for Christmas, and you can make your display as daring or as subtle as you like. Embrace the winter season with colours like white or ice blue, or look ahead to spring with warming yellows.

Just string these lights from branches and bushes, or wind them around railings and tree trunks to give your garden that magical wintertime glow.

For more great home and garden lighting ideas head over to Lighting Majestic here.

David Cullis Is the owner of Lighting Majestic

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