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Pond Lights - What Do You Need To Consider?

Author: Sarah Wigmore
Published: March 31, 2014

As the sun goes down, pond lights can bring a magical ambience to your outside space. Highlighting a water feature or foliage around the pond as well as illuminating the pond from within can bring your garden to life with enchanting effect.
Let’s take a look at what to consider when choosing fresh water pond lights.

Make Sure You've Got The Right IP Rating

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Underwater

Water and high voltage electricity can be a dangerous combination so when choosing lighting for in and around your pond area you need to look out for the product’s IP rating. An IP67 or IP68 rating is required for submerging lights under water. The Lapis Stone Light Garden Light with its stone effect design will blend seamlessly with its surroundings and with an IP68 rating is suitable for creating an underwater glow. As it is low voltage it is a very safe option for your outdoor lighting. For a striking display why not dot these stone garden lights in amongst your shrubs too.

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Alternatively mesmerizing pools of light can be created with the Albany Submersible Ground Light which is suitable for submersion up to a depth of 1M.

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Highlighting the area surrounding your pond can also have dramatic impact. If you want lighting right up to the water’s edge try the Adelpha Submersible Ground Light. This fitting is suitable for walking over and it carries an IP67 rating so can also be installed underwater.

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Around The Pond (Not Underwater)

Illuminating flower beds and foliage set back from the pond can be done in contemporary style with the IP44 rated Olympus LED garden light. This striking light with an anthracite finish uses energy efficient LED technology so won’t cost the earth whilst bringing a warm glow to your garden. It’s part of the Plug ‘n’ Play range so can be linked to other Plug ‘n’ Play fittings for versatile garden lighting.

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Feature Lighting

For a spellbinding display try spotlighting a small cascading waterfall or other water feature with the Thames Low Voltage Stake Light. It is built for outdoor use with its IP65 rating and has an adjustable head so you can find the perfect angles to create something spectacular.


Light Output

Don’t forget that the deeper the pond, the stronger the light output will have to be so it can be seen through the water. Check out the wattage or lumens for your chosen bulbs.

We hope we have given you some food for thought so you can create a night time feature with your pond lights. Whether you are looking for soft subtle lighting or a more dramatic display simply take a look at the wide range of outdoor lighting options here at Lighting Direct.

For more inspiration take a look at our Lighting Ideas section.