You’ll also need to consider what kind of electricity supply you’ll need for your garden. Will you use it for lighting only, or do you also have to make provision for a water pump? How about running electricity supplies to a garden shed or outside office, or having the facility to use a laptop outdoors? If you plan your entire electricity needs now, it will save having to dig up the garden twice.
Next choose your light fittings. Whilst lighting shops are stocking ever wider ranges of garden lights, there is yet more choice if you go to manufacturers direct. Ask your garden designer or electrician for lighting catalogues or links to relevant websites. Get samples of your chosen lights before you go ahead, but do leave plenty of time for delivery – some items take up to three weeks to arrive – and do check the returns policy before you order as some manufacturers do not accommodate returns.
Don’t forget to select your light switches. Movement-sensitive switches may be reassuring if you are security conscious, but they are more likely to be illuminated by a passing cat or fox than an intruder. Alternatively, use a sensor which measures natural light: as dusk falls your lights go on.