In the garden, the right lighting is not only functional, but also provides atmospheric accents. If you have decided to build gabions in the garden, then you should not leave them in the dark in the evening. Instead, you can use various light sources to show off the gabion baskets. But what are the options for gabion lighting at all? We will answer this question in the following lines.
Table of contents
- Setting light accents in the garden with gabion lighting
- Gabion lighting: These possibilities exist
- Gabion lighting from below
- Using classic garden lighting for gabions
- How to illuminate gabions inside?
- Building gabions with lighting yourself: Here’s how!
Set light accents in the garden with gabion lighting
Gabions can be used in a variety of ways in the garden, from entire walls to small decorative columns to seating areas like benches. All of these design elements look modern and appealing during the day, but disappear into the darkness in the evening. With the right lamps and lights, they can set the stone baskets wonderfully in scene. We now show how you can best do this.
Gabion lighting: These options are available
When it comes to garden lighting, there are many different options to choose from. With solar lamps, light chains or ground spotlights, you can illuminate the entrance area, seating area, wall and decorative elements. To set accents on the gabion baskets in the garden, lamps, spotlights and LED tubes are particularly suitable. The illuminated gabions look even more beautiful if they are (partially) filled with colored glass chunks. This creates wonderful lighting effects not only in the evening, but also during the day. All options for gabion lighting are considered in more detail below.
Gabion lighting from below
If you want to put an accent on already built gabion elements in the garden, then ground spotlights are perfect for this purpose. They can be retrofitted and then directed directly onto the gabion. Such a design creates a romantic atmosphere in the garden, as it reminds of old illuminated city walls on a hill.
But also small stone basket cubes, gabion columns or even a gabion bench can be displayed by means of lighting from below. If you like to relax in your garden in the evening, then in no case should neglect such lighting.
For lighting from below, you can choose between solar lamps and electric lamps. However, for the latter, you should make sure that they are suitable for outdoor use. Solar lamps, on the other hand, are usually designed for outdoor use and are also cheaper.
Use classic garden lighting for gabions
Commercially available garden lamps can also be used as lighting for gabions. You can mount them directly on the stone baskets with the help of a clamp and thus illuminate the gabions from above. If it is a whole gabion wall or wall, then you need to use several lamps, so that the wall also becomes a real eye-catcher in the evening.
A gabion raised bed can also benefit from solar lighting. This way, you can also accentuate the beautiful planting in the raised bed in the evening. Furthermore, illuminated raised beds add texture to the garden in the evening as well.
How to illuminate gabions inside?
One of the most beautiful ideas for illuminating the gray stone baskets is gabion lighting from the inside. In this case, LED elements are placed in the gabion, which illuminate the stones from the inside and create interesting plays of light. For this purpose, strings of lights or light tubes are particularly suitable, which are simply incorporated when filling the gabion basket. You can also choose between a single-color LED tube and an RGB or RGBW option, depending on the effect you want to achieve.
If you fill the wire basket with transparent or colored glass stones or chunks, the lighting will create an even more interesting effect.
Build gabions with lighting yourself: How to do it!
A gabion with lighting is not so difficult to build yourself, but you need to pay attention to a few things. We now summarize the most important steps.
1. decide on the design of the gabion wall
First, carefully plan the dimensions and style of your gabion wall. Decide whether you want to light the whole gabion or just a part (for example, a strip) of it. Choose the color for the light source or go for an RGBW LED tube that allows you to change the colors as you please.
2. get the stone baskets
You can build a gabion wall yourself without much effort, but you should buy or order the baskets ready-made. Since they have to support a lot of weight, they must be made of high-quality materials and tested.
3. choose the filling material
To fill the gabions, you have many options to choose from. Whether stones (quarry stone, river stone, slate, sandstone, etc.), concrete, glass, soil, shells or any other fancy idea, everything is allowed. Very beautiful look the illuminated gabions, if you include glass stones or glass chunks. Because of their translucency, they are the best material to unleash the light effect of the LED.
4. install the baskets and put the LED lights on
Start setting up and filling the baskets with the selected materials. After the first part of the filling, create enough space for the placement of the LED lights. Place the LED tube on the stones and connect it to the power. After setting up the lights, test them to see if they light up properly. There is nothing more annoying than a light that does not light up.
5. Fill to the top and light
Continue filling the baskets with the rest of the glass chunks and/or rocks. Carefully place the materials on the LED tube and when the baskets are full, close them tightly. Finished is the gabion wall with lighting! Now it only remains to wait for the sunset, turn on the light and enjoy the great atmosphere.