A stunning and cost-effective way to transform your backyard
While admittedly Canterbury isn’t renowned for its balmy summer evenings, it is nice to be able to take advantage of your patio or deck at the tail end of a blustery Nor ‘west day and watch the kids running around while the adults kick back with their beverage of choice (once the wind has died down of course).
Living in a colder climate, a lot of Kiwis are guilty of neglecting their outdoor area, confining its upkeep to regular lawn mowing and the herculean task of oiling the deck once a year to keep the splinters at bay. While potted and climbing plants can help to soften bare exterior surfaces, it can take years to grow creepers such as wisteria and bougainvillea, and this is where a string of festoon bulbs comes into its own. Soft, gorgeous lighting that transforms a bland space while also being kind to your wallet? It’s a no-brainer.
Retrospective lighting (lighting that is put in once your house is built) can be exorbitantly expensive to install, and is fixed in one place. Festoon lighting can be draped over balustrades, hung from fences, criss-crossed over an outdoor dining table for a more intimate, grown-up feel, or mixed in with existing greenery for an exotic, jungle-like ambience. The choice is yours. At Juice Electrical, Helen has sourced two of her favourite options just in time for the Christmas barbecue. The good news is, that you can keep using them long after the Christmas tree has been dismantled, as festoon lighting helps to keep your yard looking fantastic throughout the four seasons.