Pond Lighting – Where Do I start?

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Purchase A Lighting Kit

A lighting kit for outdoor lighting is the perfect purchase for anyone that wants to invest in the aesthetic appeal of their backyard or pond. 

Pond lighting kits come in various sizes and colors to help you achieve the look that you want. The lights featured in these kits are usually designed to be water and weatherproof, making it easy to find the perfect lights for your pond. 

Use A Single Lighting Source For Soft Lighting

A single lighting source that comes from a pond fountain is bright enough to create a soft glow across the backyard. Soft illumination creates a romantic glow. 

Use Similar Lighting Fixtures

Using various lighting fixtures can result in a chaotic look throughout your outdoor space. Instead, opt for lighting fixtures that coordinate well together because they have the same style. For example, tiki torches have a boho/outdoor style. Because of that, they won’t coordinate well with lighting fixtures that have a contemporary style. 

Consider LED Lights

LED lights are perfect for creating an ambient glow throughout the backyard. They are bright enough to be used as landscape lights, garden path lights, or exterior pond lights. Most LED lights can be easily controlled with a remote, and come with RGB lights so that you can change the color of them. 

However, there are a few things to keep in mind when using LED lights to enhance your backyard. Although most LED lights that are designed for outdoor use are weatherproof, the electrical cord is not. Because of that, you will need to shelter it from the weather. 

LED lights are also designed to be extremely bright. If the glow of the lights is not slightly suppressed by bushes or flowers, too many lights can create too much light. 

Enhance Waterfalls

Waterfall lighting is a gorgeous option, but that is not the only decorative option pond owners have. You can use submersible lighting to enhance any water fixture.

For example, place lights around the edge of centerpiece fountains to highlight this water fixture while simultaneously creating a glow throughout your pond.

Pond owners that already have water features need to research the company that they purchased the feature from. Most companies that sell pond fountains sell coordinating light kits.

Balance Your Pond Lighting With The Rest Of Your Backyard Lighting

If you have bright backyard lighting, such as bright security lights, it’s critical to make sure that your pond lighting is soft. When you have bright landscape lighting and choose to use bright pond lighting, the effect will be overpowering. Your entire backyard will be too bright to be enjoyable. Always keep all of the lighting in your backyard in mind when deciding which pond lighting products are right for illuminating your pond.  

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Just Add Water is a locally-owned company that serves the state of Iowa for over 17 years. Our team is very enthusiastic about upgrading the yards and properties for all of our fellow Iowans, and we have the experienced crew to do so!

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