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5 Things to Consider When Installing an Outdoor Fountain

A garden fountain can add charm and beauty to your home but it’s important to set it up properly. Here’s why you should always consult a Calgary electrician before setting up an outdoor fountain in your home. 

Traditionally, water fountains were considered to be art for the elite as they were placed in front of luxurious hotels and mansions. Today, they come in every size, shape, and material imaginable so everyone can enjoy the many benefits they offer.

These benefits include:

  • a tranquil environment
  • promote good health
  • a good noise barrier
  • moisture that enriches your garden
  • a good focal point for outdoor decor

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5 Things You Should Know About Outdoor Fountains

An outdoor fountain can turn a drab and dull outdoor living space into an inviting and relaxing area but choosing the right one for your landscaping decor is a combination of personal preference and practicality.

Here are 5 things you should know about outdoor fountains to help you decide on which is the best option for you:

1. Source of Power

When selecting the type of outdoor fountain you want, it’s important to consider the source of power. These fountains have a variety of power options but the two most common are hardwired and solar powered.

Hardwired: A hardwired fountain draws on an electric power source to function. In most areas, only a licensed electrician can install a hardwired outdoor fountain since it’s considered an addition to your home’s electrical grid.

Solar-Powered: Solar powered outdoor fountains are popular because they don’t require hardwiring to your home’s electrical supply. The solar panels on these fountains provide enough power for the pump to function in normal conditions.


2. Source of Water

Most outdoor fountains are connected to a home’s water supply and they’ll have a continuous supply of water so long as the home supply is turned on. However, there are some fountains that can be filled using a water hose without the need for a permanent connection.

How does a fountain without a permanent connection work? Generally, fountains that are filled with a hose use a pump that re-circulates water through the fountain on a continuous basis. These must be checked periodically to ensure they have enough water.


3. Different Finishes

The finish of the fountain makes a big difference in the way the product looks and the care it needs. Here are some things you may want to consider when deciding on your finish:

  • Concrete and stone fountains usually don’t require as much care as other materials.
  • Stone fountains look more natural and might blend better into the surroundings.
  • Bronze and copper fountains provide a nice contrast to natural outdoor settings but may require more care than other finishes.

Ultimately, the finish of an outdoor fountain is primarily an aesthetic consideration that requires you to take your surrounding area and landscape decor into account.


4. Lighting Options

You want your fountain to be seen and enjoyed so if you plan on spending time in your garden when it’s dark outside, there are a host of lighting options that can help you place a focus on this piece.

Talk to your electrician about outdoor fountain lighting options that include:

Submersible lights: These go directly into the water. If your fountain is large enough, submersible lights offer a dramatic effect. They may be colourful or white and provide a soft effect not only on the water but also the surrounding landscape.

External lights: These are lights that can be installed around the perimeter of the fountain and include spotlights, path lights, or even hanging lights.

Solar lights: Solar lights are exceptionally easy to install and require no electrical outlet. This is perfect for areas where a power source is not readily available.


5. Location

Where you place your fountain is one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make. Some of the things you may want to take into consideration include:

  • Larger fountains shouldn’t be placed against anything because you’ll need full access to the entire fountain.
  • Smaller fountains shouldn’t be placed in areas with lots of greenery or where other objects might block them.
  • If a fountain requires a constant water supply or a hardwired energy source, you must take into consideration the location of water lines and electrical connections.


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