Your fountain will completely transform with the addition of lighting. A fountain without lighting only has a life after dawn and before dusk. While that might seem like enough time to truly enjoy your water feature, it sets a curfew on how late the fountain will be able to entertain guests. As soon as the party starts to get lively the fountain will fall flat, but with lighting you will be able to host a light show in your own back yard.
Here are some things to consider when choosing lighting:
Halogen or LED?
We recommend that you always go with LED lighting. Halogen lighting propagates some serious heat, which can cause unwanted evaporation and other malfunctions.
Submersible or otherwise?
The choice is yours. Many LED light kits can be submerged so that the basin of your fountain will be illuminated. What if you want to highlight the waterfall of the fountain? Then you can also consider clip on lighting for smaller pieces or easel style lighting for more substantial pieces.
Many LED lighting kits come with a colored filter to add color to your lighting apparatus. The filter might be interchangeable, allowing you to change colors according to your mood or the guests you will be having at your place.
Watts and sizes
5 to ten watt lighting fixtures are appropriate for most fountains. For a pond or lake fountain you could go up to 15 watt lighting to see the beauty of it all from far away.
Other types of lights
For lake fountains you can also get Lilly pad lighting kits that will looks lovely in a vast open pond.
Add lighting to the entire space
For entertainment purposes we recommend that you add lighting to more than just the single water feature. You will be able to extend the party into the late hours without feeling awkward. The lighting should set the mood you want. For a festive fill add lighting in key places where you might be serving drinks or having a discussion. If you want a calm and minimal outdoor space for relaxing, then add a few key lighting elements to just the pathways and trees of your back yard.