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Garden path with lighting - plays of light for charm & safety

Atmospheric lighting lets your garden path come into its own even after the sun has set.

Cleverly placed lights not only provide beautiful effects, they also increase safety on paths at night.

Garden path illuminated with solar lamp

In this article you will learn how to optimally illuminate your garden path. We will show you lighting techniques, planning, assembly and harmonious integration into the garden design.

The lighting of your garden path ensures safety

  • orientation in the dark
  • Sufficiently bright path shows the safest step and saves twisting.
  • Avoidance of tripping hazards
  • Potholes and bumps become visible.
  • deterring burglars
  • Well-lit paths tend to deter thieves.

Lighting to stage your garden

Artistically placed lights conjure up effects:

Garden lighting floor lamp

1. Set lighting accents

Light emphasizes special design elements or plants.

2. Visually highlight the path

The path becomes a luminous eye-catcher.

3. Suitable for garden design

Lighting supports the creative concept.

Lighting techniques for garden paths

Possible solutions are:

1. Ground recessed lights

Garden floor lamp

Place punctiform light accents in the ground.

2. Post lights

Post lights for the garden path

Mounted on high poles, extensive area lighting.

3. Solar lights

Solar lights for garden path

Independent thanks to the battery, can be placed flexibly.

Lighting planning

Good planning is crucial:

picture of a plan

1. Light calculation

How much light is needed? Ensure sufficient luminosity.

2. Choice of illuminants

Suitable lamps with optimal light color and orientation.

3. Determine positioning

Select locations so that the path is optimally and safely illuminated.

Assembly and installation of lighting

Professional installation is important:

Image of electric cables in the garden

1. Lay the power connection

Especially with permanently installed cables.

2. Lay and secure lines

careful laying; Protect lines from damage.

3. Install lights professionally

According to the manufacturer's instructions, pay attention to a secure hold.

Stones cut hole to install garden path lighting

Integrate lighting into garden design

Combine with mood lighting and plants:

1. Use mood lighting

Warm, cold, diffused, directional light.

2. Combination with planting

Showcase plants and light together.

3. Coordination with path material

Choose suitable lights for natural stone, wood or concrete.

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Cost of lighting garden paths

Depending on the scope, you have to reckon with costs from approx. 50 to 100 euros per running meter .

Cost table with possible costs for lighting your garden path.

position Costs
ground recessed lights 30-80€ per piece
post lights 100-200€ per piece
solar lights 50-100€ per piece
wiring 10-20€ per meter
power connection 150-300€
Smart home control from 500€
Assembly 50-100€ per hour
lamps and illuminants very different

Tools for installing garden path lighting

Conclusion - The lighting of your garden path provides an additional charm

Well thought-out lighting for garden paths creates safety, accents and atmosphere. With careful planning and professional installation, the nocturnal ambience of your garden can be effectively staged.

FAQ: Garden path lighting

How do I recognize good garden path lights?

In terms of quality of workmanship, durability, protection against moisture, manufacturer's guarantee, good reviews.

How much light does a garden path need?

As a guideline 10 lux for paths for private use only, 20 lux if visitors are expected.

How do I lay cables for garden path lighting?

Protect at a depth of 10-15 cm in the ground, in empty pipes or hoses. Use cover plates over crossings.

How do I avoid glare from garden path lights?

With shielded lamps, side/down light orientation, indirect lighting.

Where should I place solar lights?

In direct sunlight during the day for charging, in the evening in a clearly visible, safe position along the way.

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