The Beauty of Pond Lighting
Wouldn't it be wonderful if all you had to do to create a fabulous pond was to dig a hole in the ground and fill it with water? Sadly a great garden pond requires a little more thought, hard work and equipment. When you have invested in your pumps, filters, skimmers, heaters and a pond vacuum you are probably thinking you have quite enough pond equipment. However, their might just be something else that you could benefit from and which could make all the difference to your set up!
Have you thought about pond lighting?
Year Round and 24/7
Your pond is most likely a fabulous feature but it has probably taken a great deal of planning and ongoing work to keep it looking at its best. If you're a fish keeper then you will have found yourself investing even more time in your pond. With all this time and effort put in you'll want to enjoy your pond as often as possible. If you work full time then for much of the year you could find yourself returning home after dark when your pond is all but invisible.
If you add sensible lighting to your list of pond equipment then you could have the option of enjoying your pond all year round, and even 24/7 should you wish. Pond lighting also helps to create a fabulous ambience in your garden and will certainly add a new dimension to an unlit feature.
Pond Lighting Options
[caption id="attachment_171" align="alignnone" width="640"] Pond lighting by Paul Botu via ()[/caption]
So you need pond lighting, but what are your options? The fact is, you are simply spoilt for choice when it comes to illuminating your pond. If you wish to add lights to your actual water then you can choose from either surface lights or submersible styles. If opting for submersible lighting you should be aware that the deeper your pond's water, the higher voltage lights you will need for them to be visible and give you the desired impact. Floating lights are also available and popular styles from this range can add a touch of flair and individuality to your pond.
You can take advantage of both spotlights and LEDs and if it's to your taste you could even feature coloured lights to create more dramatic effects? You don't just have to illuminate the water either as you can utilise lighting to highlight your foliage or perhaps simply the special features of your pond such as fountains and waterfalls.
Safety and Security
Good lighting will ensure that your garden is a safer place. After dark your pond could very well be difficult to see and access paths may also be hard to distinguish. Appropriately positioned lighting can safely guide family and visitors, making sure they can always see where the pond is and how best to reach it or avoid it.
In addition to safety, pond lighting could also help deter thieves. Interlopers might try to access your property from your garden and could even be after your koi. They are far less likely to target your property if your garden and pond are illuminated.
Pond lighting can truly transform your outside space and will enable you to enjoy your pond whenever you wish. If you think that pond lighting is a great idea then do ensure than you install your chosen lights correctly. Water and electricity is of course a hazardous combination. If necessary seek the advice of a qualified electrician before you proceed.
- Featured image - Submerged pond lights by Eugene Yong via ()