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During the day, there is often no time to really enjoy the garden. If you then have the necessary leisure in the evening, it is often already too dark. But with different lights and spotlights, you can ensure that the garden shows itself from its most beautiful side, especially in the evening.
Garden lighting has practical benefits in the first place: so that you can walk safely through your green paradise in the dark, you should illuminate all paths and stairs with small recessed or larger floor lamps. However, the beautiful can be very well combined with the useful: luminaires that emit a diffuse, not too bright light, for example, spread a more pleasant atmosphere than strong halogen spotlights.
To wrap the whole garden in a light backdrop, you need different types of lights. In addition to the classic floor lamps, you can, for example, illuminate treetops from below with small spotlights. Floor lights set individual light points on the lawn or in the bed and even for garden ponds there is now an extensive lighting program of waterproof underwater spotlights and floating lights.
If you decide for the right lighting technology, you do not have to fear a horrendous electricity bill at the end of the month. Reason: more and more manufacturers offer energy-saving garden lights with LED technology. The small light-emitting diodes operate with very little current and achieve a high luminosity. But also conventional lights can be operated with energy-saving lamps instead of conventional light bulbs. And finally, you can, of course, determine at any time how much garden lighting you want to afford via conventional switches or time switches.
Permanently installed garden lights should be connected to an underground power line for safety reasons. Connecting the lights is a job for the specialist, but you can do the laying of the necessary underground cables yourself. Lay a cable called NYY at a depth of at least 60 centimetres into a sand bed to avoid damage from sharp-edged stones. 20 centimeters above the cable, you need to lay a red and white warning tape made of plastic, so that when planting new trees and shrubs, you remember in time that there is a power cable further down. Alternatively, you can lay the cable in a thin PVC pipe, which protects it from damage caused by groundbreaking. In addition, draw the course of the underground cable into the floor plan of your property, specifying the exact boundary distances, and let the electrician install a few garden sockets in addition to the garden lights – which can always be used for additional lights, lawnmowers or hedge trimmers.