Are you making the most of your outdoor space? Intelligent and stylish outdoor lighting can make all the difference, helping you to draw the eye to the best features (and away from the not so good features!) as well as adding extra security. Here’s our guide on what you should consider when choosing spotlights for your garden…
What do you want your spotlight to achieve?
Spotlights differ from other forms of outdoor lighting in that they have the ability to create drama and enhance the atmosphere of a space by drawing your attention to particular areas. Whether this means highlighting the most attractive parts of a garden, creating interesting shadows or bringing an even spread of light across an open area, spotlights can be a fantastic addition to any garden.
Depending on what you want your spotlights to achieve, you will need to consider how bright you need them to be, what direction the light should be going in, and then consider the extent of protection these fittings will need to stand the test of time in your setting.
How bright does it need to be?
Due to the widespread popularity of LED technology, wattage is now less relevant when it comes to determining the ‘brightness’ of lighting. Instead, it’s best to consider the luminous flux, which will tell you the total amount of light produced by the light source.
As spotlights are often used to direct light towards one feature you may be looking for a higher light output than if you were looking for a lantern that will spread light equally in all directions.
Consider the placement & direction of light
With spotlights, you will need to consider the placement and direction of light carefully, particularly if there is a risk of causing glare or sending light directly into a neighbour’s window. If you are concerned about this, it’s best to take a walk around the perimeter of the gardens or building at night when it’s all set up.
Where you place them will also affect the overall impact of the garden. Intelligently positioned directional lighting can highlight particularly impressive architectural features or bring light to darker areas of the garden for safety and security.
Of course, the best solution is to choose lighting that you can adjust when you want to change up the atmosphere of your space. You can tilt and turn our Fumagalli Tommy spotlights and Minitommy spotlights to get light exactly where you need it as they’re fully adjustable. You can place them on the wall or place spike versions in the ground, all you have to do is make sure they’re easily visible throughout the day and therefore won’t cause hazards.
Opt for low-maintenance durable spotlights
In any outdoor environment, lights are exposed to the elements, so you’ll need your spotlights to be durable and resistant to potential external influences. All of our Fumagalli lighting ranges are constructed using a shockproof resin material and they are UV rays stabilised. Our Minitommy and Tommy spotlights have a lifetime guarantee against rust and corrosion!
Go for energy-efficient outdoor lighting
Typically you will find that outdoor spotlights have either halogen or LED lamps, but halogen uses up more power than LED and also doesn’t last as long. The Tommy and Mintommy ranges are supplied with TÜV approved long-life and efficient GX53 LED and GU10 LED lamps respectively, both of which have an impressive 25,000 hour lifetime.
With LED lamps you will get a higher light output while consuming less energy, for example, our 3.5W LED GU10 lamp will provide a similar output to a 50W halogen lamp despite the higher wattage. Not only will you save on energy by choosing LED, but you’ll also save on purchasing new bulbs often and avoid the hassle of changing them over.
Which spotlights should you choose?
The Fumagalli Italian-made Tommy and Minitommy spotlight ranges are comprised of smart, adaptable spotlights that can bring efficient and long-lasting illumination to your gardens! Both available in wall or spike with single or twin head options.