Cheeky Garden lighting design project in urban setting
Architects: Direct with client
This is a relatively modest urban garden space which is lived in extensively during the warm evenings , and viewed all the year round for inside the house . We implemented a strategic garden lighting design to meet the requirements of our client. The third and fourth images below (taken in the same spot with the garden lights on in the forth and off in the third ) ,show the value of external lighting in reducing the cold reflective properties of glass . Some simple light features work to bring your eye beyond the glass and radically reduce the reflection from the internal viewing position .The quote from our client on this project was “this brings a smile to me every time I look at it”, and that is the best result. Some simple rules of thumb for a lighting design for you garden are , 1 . Remember most of the time we are looking into our gardens so identify one or two features which are visible from inside the house, and light them really well . 2. Keep the fittings flexible , a garden grows rapidly and being able to reposition your lighting is critical . 3. Highlight and dangerous steps etc. 4. Options on the colour of the fittings, copper can be a great option as it goes off green . Ensure the fittings are suitable for your location , marine grade fittings need to be used 8 km for the coast. 5. Water is a great conductor of light , use you water feature to its max. 6. Suspended fittings are a great option for feature or to hang in a tree to illuminate a flower bed.