I need help with my garden lighting

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by Dr.P, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. Dr.P

    Dr.P Member


    ̶S̶o̶ I've recently finished building my outdoor kitchen decking area and I'm not completely happy with my lighting.

    I currently have commercial grade festoon lights running down the sides and rear of my garden, they made a really nice ambient light, but they don't illuminate the decking area very well.

    Now I know that lighting can make or break an area, so I'm very skeptical about chucking a floodlight up. I'm after a solution that can light up the cooking/prep area butcreate shadows and doesn't dazzle everyone.

    I'll attach a couple of pics to help you visualise what I mean.



    Last edited: Sep 20, 2020
  2. unphased

    unphased Screwfix Select

    Omg, another post starting So. Aagh.

    Anyway, can't see the pics.
  3. Dr.P

    Dr.P Member

    I've updated the post so you can actually see the pics.
  4. masterdiy

    masterdiy Screwfix Select

    There is nothing worse than a flood light, lighting up the whole neighbourhood.
    What I would consider is, subtle lighting. But in areas that need light, something more.

    You have a lot of close neighbours, so Subtle would be the way to go.
  5. Comlec

    Comlec Screwfix Select

    Hope you have understanding neighbours.
    Flood lit garden and the stink of burning animal flesh, all you need now is a big sound system.

    Good luck with your project.
  6. Dr.P

    Dr.P Member

    Wow, thanks for the helpful reply. You sound fun. If you read my post properly you'd know that I don't want a floodlight. That's why I put this post up - to get suggestions that aren't floodlights. And how do you know I eat animal flesh? Have you every heard of a margarita pizza? Or vegetarian burgers?

    Also, are you suggesting that having a BBQ with my family is the same as having a party with banging music? Weird.
  7. masterdiy

    masterdiy Screwfix Select

    Well I too am into Pizzas & roast pork in my Pizza Oven.
    I have built a Gazebo over it, & use a 6mtr long LED warm white.
    So, maybe a couple of these strip lights might be the answer.??

    Strip light.jpg
  8. Dr.P

    Dr.P Member

    I think the solution is definitely something hanging or shining from above the work area. A gazebo would be perfect, but I don't really want to put one up because I've pretty much finished the building works. I'm not sure how to get the light without building something.

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