How to Achieve Great Landscape Lighting on a Budget
Posted on June 25 2018
Nothing compliments a good home more than excellent landscape lighting. The cost of landscaping and landscape lighting, however, might be a considerable deterrent to most people who desire to create a beautiful landscape around their homes. What if there was a way to light up your outdoors without breaking the bank to buy expensive outdoor light fixtures? What if there was a way that you could light up your garden on a budget without compromising on the beauty and amount of light in the garden? Well, there are quite a few ways to achieve beautiful landscape lighting without denting your wallet. Let us dive right in.
DIY garden lights
What could be a better way to save a buck than making your outdoor light fixtures from items in your home? Learning the art of DIY is the most effective way of saving money. If you can do it yourself, you do not need to call in someone else to do it for you at a price. You might even save yourself from replacing some stuff around the house since you can fix it. There are several ways that you can create DIY outdoor lighting at home. For example; you can collect glass jars and clean them. You can then place candles in these jars, tie them up with a wire, and hang them to a branch to create a home-made chandelier. Another option would be to make a tin can lantern. You would need to get an old tin and make holes in it to let light through. You can them throw a few candles in the can and voila! You have a lantern. If you do not want to go full DIY, you can get a cheap LED strip and get creative with how and where you place it. Hiding LED strips at the bottom of steps or under furniture creates beautiful lighting with a silhouette effect.
The use of solar lights is one of the cheapest and most eco-friendly ways to light up a living space. With solar lights, you save a lot on electricity costs, wiring, and repairs because solar lights do not use electric power and are very easy to install with most of them requiring only a few screws to fix on the wall or a spiked pole to set on the ground. Solar lights come in many different forms ranging from post lights to floodlights. They are usually bright, thanks to their LED bulbs and do not interfere with your landscape design. An excellent choice for a solar-powered outdoor light would be the two-pack Magictec LED solar lights, which comes with an automatic on/off sensor.
Battery-powered lights are not only affordable, but they also provide a certain level of versatility since you can move them anywhere. Battery-powered security lights with motion sensors like the Hoont wall light can retain power for months since they only light up when needed for security purposes or when lighting up pathways. Apart from motion sensor lights, there are other types of battery-powered outdoor light fixtures like string lights, spotlights, and post lights. Rechargeable lamps also fall under the battery-powered lights category. Rechargeable lamps are an excellent choice for outdoor lighting due to their portability and low power consumption. They are also quite affordable to buy and are great for lighting up outdoor entertainment areas. Battery-powered lights are designed to provide ample light while consuming a minimal amount of power, hence, retaining battery power for long periods of time.
LED lights are the most energy-efficient and eco-friendly lights today. LED lights are designed to produce adequate light for a fraction of the power it would take an incandescent bulb to create an equivalent amount of light. By using LED lights, you would not only be saving on power consumption but also on repair and replacement costs. LED bulbs have a long lifespan and do not need constant replacing like their counterparts, the incandescent bulbs. LED lamps also require no maintenance since they rarely get damaged. They are also very cheap to purchase with some LED outdoor lights going for as low as ten dollars.
Lanterns serve as both outdoor light fixtures and decorations. They come in different themes, shapes, and power sources. The cheapest lamp would be one that uses candlelight. You can buy one, or you can make one yourself using candles and a can, a glass jar, or a wine glass. You can also use an LED strip stuffed into a light orb and hang it on a tree branch to create a beautiful bright lantern. When it comes to using lanterns for landscape lighting, your creativity will be your biggest asset. You can practically turn any glassware into a lamp so do not be afraid to try out different things.
Glow in the dark paint
Sometimes you do not need lights to illuminate your outdoors. Painting objects around your garden using glow in the dark color can achieve great outdoor lighting and highlight the beauty of the painted objects. Spray-painted planters tend to do a great job of lighting up the outdoors while accentuating their beauty. You can also spray paint pebbles, and smooth rocks then line them up along the edges of the pathways to light up the way while creating a decorative effect. The best thing with glow in the dark paint is that it requires no power consumption or maintenance. All you need to do is paint your desired outdoor fixtures, and every night you will get beautiful outdoor lighting from all the accessories that you paint.
Repurpose old Christmas lights
I bet you have a box full of Christmas lights gathering dust as you wait to use them in the next Christmas season. You can repurpose those Christmas lights to create beautiful outdoor lighting. You can wrap your Christmas lights around a tree or a bush in your garden to light up the outdoors and accentuate the beauty of the tree. You can also get creative and turn them into string lights by attaching things like cupcake liners to the bulbs to turn them into tiny lamps. Party cups can also be connected to the bulbs to create small lamps out of your Christmas lights then hung to act as outdoor string lights. Alternatively, you can wrap the Christmas lights around a hula hoop and use it as a chandelier to light up your patio or gazebo. You can get very creative with Christmas lights to come up with some more excellent outdoor lighting ideas.
We end with this in mind
Landscape lighting plays a significant role in the security and beauty of our compounds. It, however, does not have to be an expensive affair. You do not have to purchase fancy outdoor light fixtures that break the bank to light up your garden. With a few cheap supplies and a creative mind, you can achieve a beautifully lit garden that stands out from the rest. When it comes to outdoor lighting, the lack of a high budget should not be the limiting factor to a beautiful garden.