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Outdoor Lighting by Alison Pendle bury-Brown Al Fresco Lighting With spring upon us I'm certainly looking forward to getting outside into the garden. It's great to be outdoors and even better if you can stay outside, even after the sun has gone down. There's a vast arrangement of outdoor garden lights for a variety of purposes ... decking lights, lanterns, wall lights, contemporary lamp posts and bollards, traditional lamp posts and bollards, outdoor pendants, and bulkheads to provide security lighting. With this entire on offer it is not surprising that landscape gardening is now considered to be as important as designing the inside of our homes - it's become our outdoor living space. As we are spending so much time in our gardens these days, lighting them is as fundamental as the general layout and planning of the gardening - from laying the turf to planting the shrubs and trees.

Outdoor Lighting to Suit Your Needs Each type of garden lighting comes in a range of finishes to complement both your garden's style and whether your residence is a new build or a period property. There are also many ranges that have corresponding styles and finishes - an example of this is the Elstead Chelsea range (shown below).

There are various different types of lighting for specific areas of the garden and its intended use. Outdoor lighting can also increase security and safety as well as lending a hand in improving the aesthetics of our homes and gardens. When choosing your lighting be conscious of proportions - a large lantern would have fantastic aesthetic appeal and be a great statement on the front of a large detached house but would not give the same aesthetic value on a quaint cottage.

Types of Outdoor Lighting Decking lights can transform a simple patio area into a fabulous al fresco entertaining space. Options suitable for decking are step/brick lights (example shown to the left) and walkover lights. Patio heaters can be a fantastic addition to your garden and are ideal for use from the beginning of springtime to cooler evenings as the summer months draw to a close. Bollards and posts are perfect for lighting up pathways and drives. Their running costs need not cost the earth as low energy, LED and solar versions are also available - so not only are you saving money you are also helping to save the environment. We are currently in the process of adding completely new and exciting products to our solar range. A separate post on solar energy garden lighting will be available soon. To add a little ambience why not use rope lighting around the decking, to edge borders, spiral up trees and columns, or outlining roof tops - the uses for rope light are endless. Rope light is especially popular for festive occasions and other celebrations that we may host in our gardens. Available in various colours, rope light is quite simple to install. A separate post will be available soon on our rope light which will include simple, easy to follow installation instructions.


Outdoor spotlights can provide illumination to highlight focal points such as trees, ponds and fountains. Solar lights are perfect fitments in such areas as they do not use electricity nor do they have wires that need to be hidden! To keep our energy costs low consider using motion detectors, some wall lanterns come with PIRs integral, whilst individual PIR sensors can be positioned where necessary and connected to the majority of outdoor lamps. This way the lights will only operate when they are needed.

Outdoor Lighting Safety Not only are our outdoor lights sourced with quality and budget in mind, but all of our outdoor lights have an appropriate IP rating - each item of outdoor lighting is given an IP rating and this relates to the light fitting's water resistance. The IP (ingress protection) is always followed by 2 digits. The first digit relates to the protection against foreign bodies for example tools, dust and fingers. The second digit relates to the level of protection against liquid ingress. You will see that the vast majority of our outdoor lighting carries an IP44 rating which protects the fitting against solid objects over 1mm and against direct sprays of water from any direction, limiting the ingress of rain into the product.

An Outdoor Light from direct light Regardless of Your Budget At direct light we have many ranges of outdoor lighting in various price bands so that there is something for everyone regardless of your budget. Each product line is chosen with quality and value in mind. Take a look our our outdoor lighting section today - if you would like our expert advice or are looking for something in particular and cannot see it feel free to contact us or email us at sales@directlight.co.uk and we'll try our best to assist you.

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