Lighting design creates the opportunity to set scenes in the garden.
At it's most basic garden lighting is there for safety and security; lighting access paths, driveways, gates and detering unwanted visitors.
Beyond that, night time turns your garden into a blank canvas and lighting can be used to paint different pictures or set different moods after dark.
Garden lighting enables some features to be made prominent after dark and equally allows other areas to be left in shadow if you don't want to emphasize them. For example; you may want to highlight structural elements like trees, statues and water features but you may not want to draw the eye to childrens play areas, composting/ working areas or next doors ugly shed roof!!
The brightness of the basic lighting and the subtlety of the mood lighting can sometimes conflict. Separating them into different circuits and introducing switching, dimming and remote control options will allow finger tip control of the atmophere that you want to create.