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5 Tips for Setting Up Pond Lights

Learn how to set up pond lights in your backyard pond or water feature with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

With pond lights, you can enjoy your backyard pond even when the sun goes down. They also add another element to your backyard landscaping. Installing pond lights is a fairly easy project for even beginner water gardeners. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can add pond lights to your backyard pond.

5 Tips for Setting Up Pond Lights
Installing pond lights can add a peaceful glow to your backyard pond. Follow these five tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet to get started.

1. Follow electrical safety – When you’re installing water feature lights, following electrical safety is the most important thing to consider. You will need a transformer that is in a dry location outside of the pond. You’ll also want it to be discreet–a transformer doesn’t exactly blend in with landscaping, plants and a pond.

Your other option is to use self-contained pond lights that run on internal batteries or solar power. If you’re using pond lights that are connected to each other, don’t use a power cord to extend the length between them. It can damage the lights and wiring insulation.

2. Find the right spot – You’ll want to play around with the placement of your lights until they hit all the right spots in your pond. You might want to light up a waterfall, some specific plants or even a small fountain. Some lights can be used in and out of the water. Finding the right spot comes down to your pond design and which features you want the lights to accent.

3. Use the right bulbs – Most newly made pond lights will have LED bulbs. Although LED lights can’t be replaced, they last much longer than older lights, such as halogen bulbs. If you have older bulbs, they can typically be replaced. While LED lights may be more expensive, you won’t have to deal with changing the bulbs every few months.

4. Use the right size lights – There are a variety of sizes to choose from when you’re buying lights for your pond. Take into consideration the size of your pond and the size of the features you want to light up. You also have to consider the depth of your pond. The deeper the pond, the brighter the light will need to be to break through the water’s surface.

5. Properly mount the lights – Some lights are weighted or come with an anchor to keep them from floating to the top of the pond. If not, you’ll need to anchor the lights down with a small brick and some steel screws.

Lighting up your pond or water feature can truly make the difference in your backyard and patio. For more tips on revitalizing your outdoor space, visit our Grilling & Patio and Water Gardens & Backyard Ponds blogs.

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