If you are looking for a way to more fully appreciate the pond, water fountain or other water-feature you have on your property, there really is no better way to do it than to add some pond lights. And with the vast array of colors and styles available, you’ll find it’s rather a fast and simple process to illuminate this area when the sun goes down.

Floating lights and underwater pond lighting are an excellent way to highlight and enhance the natural beauty of fountains, water gardens and fish ponds. Why limit the appreciation of these areas to just the daytime? Install some pond lighting and you’ll probably find these areas are even more stunning at night!

Introduction to the Types of Pond Lighting

When first checking into this form of landscape lighting, you’ll quickly discover that the vast majority of underwater lighting implements safe low-voltage (12 volt) halogen lamps. These lamps are connected to UL and CSA listed (safe for outdoor use) transformers. Just make sure to do proper research, because not all transformers are certified for both underwater and outdoor use.

Before taking the plunge and purchasing and installing pond lights, you’ll want to make sure you buy the right type of pond lighting for you. This means asking yourself a few questions, such as whether you wish to illuminate only a part of the pond or whether you would like to make it the main focal point of the garden by illuminating the whole thing.

Floating pond lights and underwater pond lights are ideal for a more subtle illumination effect. So if a gentle and subtle look is what you are after, you will obviously choose this type of lighting over those of spotlights. Alternatively, you may want to look into submersible LED pond lights to create a similar effect.

Pond lighting can be installed inside fountains, behind waterfalls, on the surface of ponds, and along the edges of ponds. Floating pond lights, in particular, create a stunning effect as they illuminate the surface by floating on top of the water.

The majority of floating pond lights are shaped like bowls and are both water and temperature resistant. Some of these lights are actually designed to resemble floating lilies (which become a natural congregating place for pond fish), while others floating pond lights are designed to merely rest right along side lilies.

Either way, the lighting effect is dramatic.

If you want to light up cascading waterfalls or other water features in a spectacular manner, you can opt to use spot lights. Underwater “water-feature” lighting and ordinary underwater lighting are particularly effective for spotlighting pond statues, fountains and other miscellaneous water features.

There really seems to be no end to the options available in pond lighting, which ranges from underwater LED pond lights to radiance lighting to halogen lighting to even solar-powered pond lighting. You can choose bright white underwater lights, colored pond lights, and water-feature lights – just to name a few other options. For a quick and easy way to enhance and illuminate any fish pond, water garden area, or water feature, you can use compact multipurpose lights.

LED Pond Lights

Should you decide to use LED pond lights, you’ll find that some actually enable you to program the color settings. Typical setting choices are single range, multi-range and automatic-change modes.

LED pond lighting is also available as low-voltage lighting. This type of lighting offers the homeowner a low-cost way to light up any water-feature and the bulbs typically last more than 10 times as long as traditional bulbs.

More recent LED lighting designs feature dazzling blue, green and red LEDs. Most of the outdoor lighting kits that comprise this type of outdoor lighting feature a transformer, variable mounting bracket stands and a wireless remote control.

Even better yet, most LED lamps last for as long as ten years – or more!

Pond Lights Material Construction

Most water-feature and underwater pond lights are comprised of a very heavy base which is contained in a stainless steel casing. To make the positioning of the light fixture easy, each fixture will feature a rotating holder. This way you can situate the fixtures exactly where you want them in order to best highlight the natural beauty of your pond.

Tips on Installing Pond Lights

This probably goes without saying, but it should be self-evident that electrical work conducted close to water is an inherently dangerous business. If you are new to this type of work or are not entirely confident in your abilities in this realm, for Heaven’s sake do yourself a favor and have your landscape lighting ideas brought to life by a professional.

Everything begins with proper planning.

This is accomplished by organizing a well thought-out lighting design that takes into account safety, security and aesthetics. Before a single light fixture is installed, you’ll want to have a sketch done of your pond lighting design that takes into account every possible variable – from how many lights will be needed down to the amount of electric power that will be required to adequately power the outdoor lights.

Whether you are able to accomplish this on your own, or with the services of a professional, do not skip this vitally important step prior to installing pond lights.

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