The elegant Tuscan-inspired water fountain, the koi pond, the Grecian fountain—water features complete a landscape and should be illuminated to bring out their beauty. Water is a very special landscape feature because it is so reflective and it plays with the light beautifully. With lighting, you can enhance the reflection coming off the water in your fountain or illuminate a pond from under the surface of the water. Illuminating water features transform a landscape from normal to spectacular in a matter of minutes.
Your choice of lighting will vary according to the water feature and your personal preference. Submersible lighting is one of the most popular selections since it creates a subtle ambience that looks peaceful and inviting. When you place lights under the water, it can create a shimmering effect and enhance the reflective surface of the water as well as the surrounding area. By changing the colors, you can create a more whimsical look and illuminate moving water as it cascades from the top of the fountain to the bottom.
Any water feature can be lit from the outside. Here are some ideas for illuminating the water features in your landscape:
Solar – If you are energy efficient, solar lighting offers an easy installation process along with lights that will beautify any focal point. You will also save a lot of money in the long run.
LED – LED lights last longer than incandescent bulbs and come in many color options. Get creative with these lights and try out some different looks. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Moonlight Globe Lighting – Moonlight globes are perfect for the larger fountains. They emit a subtle glow and pair perfectly with reflective surfaces like water. You can mount them on surfaces, hang them like pendants or float them directly on the water. They are also available as battery operated units and are highly resistant to moisture and rust. Add optional speakers to brighten up your backyard parties.
Spot Lights – If you want overhead lighting to highlight certain aspects of your water features, spot lighting would be the best choice. You can incorporate this type of lighting into the design of the water feature or simply attach it to a neighboring tree branch, lamp post or sturdy fence. Focus the light so it does not bleed into the surrounding landscape. Be careful not to direct the light into the street or a neighbor’s yard. This can create unsafe conditions for you and the people around your home.
When planning your water lighting design, use a flashlight and test the light on several focal points so you can get an idea of what you like. It’s also a good idea to use some temporary lighting so you can try it on for size. This lighting is often offered by designers so their clients can make well-thought out decisions regarding their landscape lighting.