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You will find the most important tips in our Key Points for Pathway Lighting if you are in a hurry.
1. Garden path design: What do I Need to think about?
Where should the path lead?
Garden path design: the right width
Think about barrier-free garden paths if you are planning to spend your golden years in this home. We recommend a path width of at least 1.20 metres to accommodate a walker or wheel chair. Also think about places to turn around – here, your garden path should have a width of 1.60 m.
Garden paths with elevation
Tiles, concrete or decking for your garden path?
Choose a colour for your garden path to match the design and colour of your home. Only then will you create a coherent and pleasing overall look.
2. What type of luminaire for garden paths?
- Bollard lights with a beam angle of 90 degrees are perfect for wider paths and allow for greater gaps between luminaires.
- Luminaires with a 60 degree beam angle are better suited for narrower paths.
- Bollard lights with a 360 degree beam angle are perfect for the side of the path, as they will also light up flower beds and other plants nearby.
3. What should I think about when installing my path lighting?
4. What will pathway lighting cost?
Key Points for Pathway Lighting
- The width of your garden path plays an important role if you plan to use your garden in your golden years. A path with a width of 1.20 metres will offer sufficient space for a wheel chair or walker, and you should think about providing areas to turn around as well (1.60 metres width).
- Make sure to choose the right materials for the construction of your garden path as early as the planning stage of your home. Choose non-skid, rough and permeable stone or cobblestone to prevent localised water pooling and ensure safe footing.
- IP67 protection is a must for protecting your path luminaires from particle and water ingress.
- Solar lights with integrated LED technology are the most low-cost alternative long-term. Low-voltage systems will prevent excessive groundwork and electrician costs, which would be unavoidable for 230 V mains electricity pathway lighting.
- If you prefer bollard lights for your path lighting, these should have a height between 50 to max. 120 cm to avoid blinding. In the driveway, however, bollard lights should have a height of at least 120 to 150 centimetres to ensure visibility for drivers.
- In-ground and on-ground luminaires, as well as waterproof LED strips are a great alternative for bollard lights along the edge of a garden path. Ground spikes are an ideal solution for lighting up trees, flowers or shrubs away from the garden path.