Eco Friendly DIY Lighting Ideas for Your Gazebo
Installing a gazebo can certainly mean that you can sit out and enjoy your garden more often. This covered area means that you will be able to sit out come rain or shine. No matter what the summer weather brings, you will be able to feel more connected to the natural world around you. But one key thing to think about once you have a gazebo in your garden is making sure that you can also sit out and enjoy the space as dusk falls in the evening, and after dark.
The right lighting scheme for a gazebo can mean that you will be able to enjoy it even more often – even when you are working or busy and cannot enjoy your garden as much as you would like to during the day.
Connecting a gazebo to mains electricity supply is possible, of course. If you run your household on a 100% renewable energy supply (generated on-site, or purchased through a green energy tariff) this can be an eco-friendly and sustainable choice. Where this is the case, you could consider running cables for gazebo lighting from your home.
But this can be disruptive and expensive. And you might not want to dig up your garden. So where this is not a possibility, you will need to think about other ways to light the space. Fortunately, there are ways to light the space which do not require extensive wiring or earthworks.
Those of us who are trying to live in an eco-friendly way need to think about sustainable, eco-conscious options. So below are a few simple suggestions to help you light your gazebo without worrying about the impact you are having on our planet:
Solar-Powered Fairy Lights
One of the simplest ways to create ambient lighting for a gazebo (and also to create a beautiful and magical effect), is to string up some solar-powered LED fairy lights around the edge and across the interior of the roof of your garden structure. These can be gently draped to create an attractive display, which will not only allow you to make use of the space after dark but will also look charming throughout the year.
Solar-powered strings of LED fairy lights can also be bundled into glass bottles, glass jars or other reclaimed receptacles to make your own DIY lanterns. These DIY lanterns can help concentrate the light and provide greater illumination.
Of course, there is also a range of solar-powered lanterns that you can buy, which deliver different effects and atmospheres depending on their size, shape and hue. By choosing the right solar-powered lanterns you can achieve just the right look, and create the ambiance you are going for.
Natural Beeswax Candles
When choosing to light for your garden gazebo, you should also remember that you do not necessarily have to use powered lighting at all. Going old-school can also be a wonderful option. As long as you take care and observe fire safety, natural candles – in holders or in lanterns, can be another wonderful, low-tech way to light the space.
It is important to remember, however, if you want to be as eco-friendly as possible, that candles containing paraffin wax or other fossil-fuel-derived ingredients are not a green or sustainable choice. Always choose natural beeswax candles if you want to do the right thing for people and the planet.
Lighting a gazebo does not have to be complex, complicated or expensive. Sometimes, the simplest solutions are best. There are, of course, other options. But the three options mentioned above are often the best and most eco-friendly solutions to consider. Choose one of these options and you can rest easy – knowing that you are able to enjoy your gazebo after dark without causing any environmental harm.