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Garden lighting

By Jason Hodges

Garden Guru Jason Hodges and RYOBI outdoor power equipment explain how to get more from your garden with well-placed low-voltage lighting.

RYOBI TEAM Mon, 10/02/2023 - 14:30

Gardening guru Jason Hodges shares his garden lighting tips

A table set for a dinner party in a beautifully lit backyard area

Bright ideas

A few years ago, when I first started landscaping, garden lights where extremely pricy and only the upmarket suburbs had them. Today, with low voltage technology and a meagre budget, a whole garden can look like a wonderland.

Image courtesy of Holman Industries

LED revolution

Things started to change with garden lighting with the use of halogen lights around 25 years ago. But now LED lights have taken over because of their versatility – they last longer, can change colour and brightness, require smaller (less expensive) transformers and are extremely affordable in DIY kits from Bunnings or online retailers and manufacturers.

In fact, this year my kids installed garden lights in our front yard and now they are in the planning stages of lighting up the backyard! It’s really that easy.


Tree trunks illuminated with blue and purple lighting in the backyard

Flood your backyard

Garden lighting is my idea of showing off your outdoor spaces. You can floodlight a nice green backdrop to your lawn or highlight your barbecue area. You can create moods and drama – not to mention some added safety and security if you need it.

When done well, garden lighting can highlight your favourite features and disguise the less appealing parts, like the bin area or the clothesline.

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Try to eliminate bright lights being too close to a tree, which will draw your eyeline down. Instead, move the spotlight further away and the light will be thrown further and be subtler.

An app that sets the colour of your outdoor lighting

Watch your aim

And don’t aim your bright lights towards areas where people will gather as this can become a bit dazzling and uncomfortable.

Using soft mood lighting instead of harsh lights is a great way to create a pleasant, delicate space to enjoy. My garden lights can be operated via bluetooth on my phone, so I can set a timer for on/off, choose colours and brightness and adjust everything from anywhere on our property.

Image courtesy of Holman Industries

A plug and play connector to switch on garden lights

Plug and play

A simple plug-and-play system can be installed in an afternoon or you can have a landscaper, electrician or a garden light expert install a more complex system for you.

Either way, you will be adding valuable hours to your enjoyment in the garden, not to mention adding value to your property and helping you stand out from your neighbours.