During the day, gardens can serve to please both the eye and the spirit. Some gardens are practical, producing some food crops for homes, and others are purely ornamental, with the purpose of making the area look aesthetically pleasing. At night, however, a garden’s beauty can be very difficult to appreciate, but with the proper garden lighting, some gardens can look even more stunning under the night sky.
A garden light can serve multiple purposes; a properly placed light can be there to make the plants’ beauty visible, to guide people while walking through the garden at night, or to serve a dual purpose while warding off and eliminating pests and insects. And these have been the case since people first created, and illuminated gardens.
Garden lights have been used throughout history, using various methods of illumination. Ancient gardens were lit using firewood and oil, and in some cases used wood that was a natural insecticide. Eventually, garden lights evolved into candles, lanterns, and torches.
As other fuels were discovered, the technology and style that has been used to illuminate gardens have also evolved, and in the 19th century, even the light holders began to become part of the garden’s aesthetic. Lamp posts began to be designed specifically for a particular type of garden, reflecting the landscaper’s design ideas. And this continues to be a trend up to this day.
In modern times, lighting for gardens began to be powered by electricity. The first versions were ones connected directly to a house or building’s power source. As batteries became more advanced, rechargeable batteries began to be used, making lights easier to move and place without worrying about long wires and circuits.
And in keeping with the principle of going green, solar garden lights eventually were developed, which is a combination of rechargeable battery technology and photovoltaics. There are many advantages to using a solar garden light, with the power saving benefits being the biggest.
Solar lights have no carbon footprint, unlike traditional rechargeable lights that will still require other sources of electricity for power. And the solar panels themselves can add to the design and look of the garden.
Advanced garden lights, whether solar powered or otherwise, have also been combined with other kinds of technology that add to the convenience and utility of the lights. They can have timers or other triggers, that make the lights turn on automatically at a certain time of day, or at the onset of darkness. Some lights can be placed underwater, ideal for small pools and streams. And there are also some lights that have motion sensors, turning on as a person passes by.
Garden lights continue to advance as time goes on, and will continue to evolve as gardens do. They are a good example of combining advanced technology, with natural beauty.
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