Pond and fountain lights are no doubt a great addition to any backyard haven. Installing pond or fountain lighting is perfect for illuminating this spot and creating a more romantic atmosphere, or simply to enjoy watching the fish move around the pond. Whichever your reasons are for installing pond or fountain lighting, there are a few things you need to be aware of so that you are able to purchase the right light fixtures. Below are five things about pond and fountain lighting that will help ensure that you make an informed decision when purchasing these light fixtures.
Most sales personnel at the local hardware store will tell you that pond and fountain lights are easy to install because they all want to make a sale. However, once you get home and start the installation process, you will quickly discover that this project can be quite an ordeal. The salesman will tell you that the methodology behind pond lighting is as simple as taking a light fixture, putting it in the pond, and then turning it on, deliberately omitting the fact that you will also need to wire the lights into a grounding electrical box which is a necessary step if you want good lighting for your pond or fountain. Otherwise, you can opt for a self-contained pond lighting which runs on an internal battery.
Mounting the Lights Steadily
Pond lights are not heavy enough to sink to the bottom of the pond and remain in its spot. They are generally quite buoyant, floating off at the bottom of the pond. There are those that fall to the side and sort of bob in the water. For the pond or fountain lights to stay in an upright position and be locked in its place, you will have to mount each lighting unit onto a brick or a small piece of square concrete. You can do this using a drill and galvanized steel concrete screws. Once the lights are mounted on their respective bases, they will be steadily anchored in the pond.
The Right Bulb
There are several different types of pond lighting available, and you need to choose the right one so you won’t have to change your bulb every few months. A typical bulb can last for several hundred hours before it burns out. LED bulb are your best option for pond lighting. LEDs cost a bit more expensive compared to other bulbs but they can last for years without burning out or fading. LED lights are also very bright so they are able to provide a more radiant glow to the pond.
The Right Size
Pond and fountain lights come in small and large sizes. The actual size of your pond light does not really matter though. The important factor is the wattage of the light and how deep the pond is. A deep pond would require brighter light to break through the surface of the water.
The proper placement of your pond or fountain lighting is crucial in creating that perfect look. Although there is no right or wrong way to do it, you will definitely need to design a plan on where to place the lights so that you are sure to come up with an impressive outcome. After setting up the lights based on your plan, stand back and see if they provide the glow you want to have for your pond or fountain. Move them around until you achieve the perfect setup.