How to elevate your garden with smart lighting

When renovating your garden you should be thinking about how to always maximise the most out of the space you’ve got. After all, what good is spending money making your dream garden if it can only be used in the day time? Once the sun goes down is when your garden should come to life! 

Our brand new collection of the world-renowned Philips Hue Outdoor Lighting will take your garden to a new dimension with the click of a button - literally. Philips Hue is a smart wireless lighting system that lets you control your light and create an endless array of possibilities. 

LED smart lighting can be used to complement your existing garden furniture, showcase a stunning area of your garden, and even add safety and security to your outdoor space. Whether you are working with a small or large garden, Philips Hue can help you relish in the outdoors all year round and make your space look its very best! 

Here are some of our top tips on how to elevate your garden using smart outdoor lighting…

1. Control the mood

Mood rings out. Smart lighting, in. Philips Hue smart lighting offers 16 million colours at the end of your finger-tips, so you can indulge your imagination and transform your vision into a reality with ease. Use your Philips Hue mobile app to personalise your outdoor experience by adjusting the colour of your lights to suit your mood. 

A massive benefit of smart outdoor lighting is the longevity that comes with them. With the flexibility of colour changing, you can use your smart lighting for years to come, even when you change your garden aesthetic. So if you fancy a new garden makeover, or want to pair some lights with your newly painted fence or new garden accessories - you can simply change the colour to complement any theme, palette or mood.

Philips Hue Outdoor Lighting - TALOR Garden Furniture

Top Tip: Change your lights with the seasons. Autumn leaves falling? Choose deep red and brown tones. Frosty temperatures? Change to icey blue. Pick warm white and yellow tones for those long summer evenings to make your transition from day to night seamless.

2. Light up key features 

A great place to start is by lighting up the key elements of your garden, or the spaces that you like the most - it’s only going to make them look even better, right? Whether it’s your favourite flower bed, that quirky tree or your outdoor pool, staging some ambient garden lighting will elevate your garden features, putting the best bits centre stage all night long.

Why not try placing a Lightstrip around the edge of your flower bed or pond? With 16 million colours to choose from, you can paint an eye-catching oasis with ease through your mobile phone control.

Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip - TALOR Garden Furniture

3. Make smaller spaces larger

Lots of people are working with smaller, compact gardens. But just like a mirror opens up a room, outdoor lighting can give the appearance that your garden is actually bigger than it really is. Strategically place your smart lights to separate certain areas from others, giving the impression of a more expansive space. 

For example, place the Lily Spot Light to create a moonlighting effect. By elevating the spotlights off the ground in a tree, you can point the lights downwards to give the illusion of a larger ground area. 

Philips Hue Lily Spotlight - TALOR Garden Furniture

Using height can take the eye further and make a small space seem larger. By fixing double ended lights onto vertical surfaces such as garages or fences, you can make the surface appear much higher than it actually is. Mount the Appear Outdoor Wall Light equidistance between surfaces edges to illude elongation. 

4. Break up the darkness in bigger spaces 

If you have a large garden, there’s no doubt that you are pretty lucky - but a bigger garden means a bigger space to fill. 

Break up the dark expanse of your space by lighting up different zones of your garden. For modern gardens, use the Appear Wall light along a wall or fence to add depth and illuminate the edges of the gardens to create boundaries. If your style is more traditional and homely, we would recommend choosing the Economic Lantern Outdoor Wall Light for the same effect. 

Philips Hue Appear Outdoor Light - TALOR Garden Furniture

Fill open spaces with light by pointing a Lily Spot Light across the garden to easily make the area more inviting. Darker colours absorb more light, so if your garden is painted with dark tones like blacks and greys, you will want to choose something with a powerful light output that will shine bright and bring attention to your spaces, for example, the Discover Outdoor Flood Light.

Philips Hue Lily Spotlight - TALOR Garden Furniture

5. Create the perfect hosting space

Smart garden lighting can enhance any occasion. Whether an al fresco dinner party, a BBQ on the patio or a gathering around the fire with friends, illuminating your garden will add a touch of magic that will extend the evening further. 

Smart lighting offers the ability to set timers and schedule your lights to align with the sundown. You can watch your garden seamlessly transform from day to night, without worrying about taking the party indoors. Want to switch up the tempo? When classy dinner party turns into too many wines and dancing on the table (come on, we’ve all been there), you can change the colour from warm white to party purple. 

Philips Hue Outdoor Lighting - TALOR Garden Furniture

Fun Idea: fix an outdoor Lightstrip underneath your dining table or garden sofa to add a completely new dimension to your furniture.

6. Make it a safer space

You may be a night owl but it doesn’t mean you have night vision. If your garden has different levels, obstacles or water, going out at night can be a potentially dangerous operation. Using smart lighting in your garden can minimise the risk of injury to you and others.

Automate your lights to come on when the sun goes down so don’t have to worry about forgetting to switch them on! Implementing lighting along a path or walkway can guide you around your garden at night, as well as creating a warming ambiance. We recommend trying the Impress Outdoor Pedestal Light.

Philips Hue Impress Pedestal Light - TALOR Garden Furniture

 Philips Hue outdoor lights are more than just a magical paint palette. They can be used to increase the feeling of safety and security in your home. Use the outdoor sensors to automatically turn on the lights upon movement to deter unwanted guests. Set your lights to operate even when you are away from home, to give the impression that somebody is home at all times (there’s really no need for a full blown Kevin McCallister routine, honest).

Philips Hue Econic Lantern Outdoor Pedestal Light - TALOR Garden Furniture

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