Garden Lighting Types

If you can conceive of a type or style of garden lighting, someone probably sells it. The basic pole-mounted lamp comes in so many shapes and sizes, it's impossible to describe them all. The poles can have lamps at the top or can provide hooks from which one lamp or multiple lamps will hang. The lamps themselves range from simple cones, shells, and glass housings to pineapples, acorns, flowers and more. The poles can be simple and elegant, wrought iron, or otherwise decorated.

If you don't need the light right at the top of the pole, arm lights can extend your range. Even the simplest arm light should have a swivel head to allow you to angle the light once the stand is in place. Other arm lights will have flexible arms that allow greater precision in angling as well as the ability to reach around corners. Still others will have telescoping arms, allowing you greater range and pinpoint accuracy.

Even higher up, string lights and hanging lights can provide illumination from above. String lights can go along the underside of a balcony or deck overhang or simply along the side of a fence or wall.

Stake-mounted lights come in a similar variety of shapes and sizes for lighting needs that are closer to the ground.

At the ground level, you can have step lights that light up pathways and help show where the steps go up or down. Well lights can be buried in the ground alongside the pathway to accomplish the same purpose. Other footlights and sconces are ideal for affixing to the edges of decks or illuminating the contours of a patio.

Below the ground, submersible pond lights can provide illumination from below. These lights can show off a pond from the inside in a way that perimeter lights just can't.

And of course there are flood lights which can go anywhere you need them. Powerful flood lights, mounted to the side of the house, can illuminate a whole back yard. Mounted on the ground, they can display a backyard tree. Flood lights tend to have sturdy housings and are simple in structure and design. That's because the point of a flood light is not to draw attention to itself but to whatever it's pointed at. Flood lights are usually too powerful to be looked at for long anyway.

Other lights are purely, or almost purely, for decoration. You can gets lights in the shape of rocks or flowers or seashells or just about anything. On a larger scale, these lamps can come in the shape of a lighthouse or as part of a birdbath.

Other lights are purely, or almost purely, for decoration. You can gets lights in the shape of rocks or flowers or seashells or just about anything. On a larger scale, these lamps can come in the shape of a lighthouse or as part of a birdbath.

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