What type of lighting should I use for my pond?
Pond Lighting allows you to enjoy your pond at all times of day and not just during the daylight. It can create a great atmosphere to sit out in your garden, or provide a display in a public place. They can also help with safety in an area where people might be walking after dark. All lights (excluding solar) come with a transformer which is not submersible and should be kept out of the weather if possible. This transformer will then lead onto a string of lights, with different sets having different number on. This means that each set draws a different amount of power and therefore transformers cannot be miss matched. It is most commonly the transformer that will fail on a faulty light set.
There are two main types of lights; Halogen, and LED. These are the type of bulb which the lights use.
Halogen – These lights tend to give off more of a classic light glow and tend to be yellower light. This a massive plus as they tend to appear a bit more natural and offer a softer lighting solution. They do however need replacing just like any other light bulb and therefore can be troublesome in the long run.
LED – These lights use Light Emitting Diodes (LED) These lights tend to give a more directed and whiter light which can look quite clinical. They do however not really need changing, unless the bulb is physically faulty.