How To Light Up a Garden Fountain

Have you ever imagined a lawn where there’s a shining fountain, a pond with “inner” lights and an attractive statue spouting sparkling water? If you have always dreamed of seeing these things on your lawn, it’s time to start thinking of ways to light up a garden fountain. With the smart use of lights, you can highlight anything on your lawn, particularly gorgeous fountain and the fish pond. Water looks great under light because of the ripples caused by a passing breeze and the dreamy effect this ambiance lends to your whole garden.

Garden fountain lights can be installed inside the water or outside the fountain. To be able to do this on your own, you must have a working knowledge of GFI outlets as well as the basics of lighting and electricity flow.

The keyword for choosing a lighting design to use is drama. Garden fountain lights can be angled in such a way that a dramatic effect is reached. Play with colors and hues so that you can emphasize the material used for your fountain or highlight a particularly awesome design (like carvings).

If you’re worried about manually turning on your lights, you can get a system that allows you to sit back and quit worrying about the lights in your garden. A lot of garden fountain lights have timers installed. You can program the timers so that the lights turn on when night time comes, and shut down at daybreak. Timers can help you save on electricity bills. If you’re not using solar energy to power your garden lights, you may realize soon enough that a beautiful garden is not cheap.

Start planning for garden fountain lights by trying out different effects with a strong flashlight or a spotlight on an extension cord. Plan a tasteful garden lighting system, if you don’t want to turn your garden into a circus.  A garden fountain is elegant only when the lighting is tasteful and uniquely placed.

Make sure you also choose cases for your lights that will blend with your garden’s design. While chromium steel or white casings work to protect your lights and allow you to be creative with angles, they can be terribly conspicuous during the daytime.

Setting Up

The first thing you need to know is to never direct the lights to the water. An indirect lighting or subdued lighting around the water area can give a dramatic effect, but shining the lights directly to the water will produce an annoying glare. You want people to appreciate the beauty of your garden, not be blinded by the glare of your lights.

In-pond lights require the water to be reasonably clean. Murky water doesn’t look good especially with lights. Moreover, the debris in your water may obstruct too much light. Also, make sure there are dark areas in your pond if you have fishes. Watching fishes swimming in lighted water may be fun for humans, but prolonged exposure to light may damage the circadian rhythm or the sight of some fishes. Allowing dark areas will permit the fish to rest or back away from the light.

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