design considerations

 

We believe that the quality, longevity and ease of use must be built in at the design stage.

 

Our lighting designs incorporate technology that offers the best performance and lifetime running costs.

 

Below are some of the most important factors taken into account when we are planning an installation, all of which we will review with you as a part of our design and installation service:

 

  • The lifestyle of the garden users and the purposes for the lighting – these drive the design and how the garden is divided into areas

 

  • The size, style and location of the house, restaurant, hotel or pub and its garden – large, small, formal, informal, modern, old, country or city

 

  • The combination of lighting techniques used to fulfil the purpose and to create the unique ambience

 

  • Types of lighting include electric (mains and low voltage), solar powered, fibre optic, oil lamps and torches. Beam angle, colour, power/wattage, power sources, and lengths of wiring runs are of prime consideration

 

  • Positioning of luminaries - great care is taken when positioning luminaries to create the desired effect (usually concealing the source of light)

 

  • Activation - the methods by which the lighting systems are turned on/off – for example manually, automatically at dusk-dawn, by movement, on a timer, etc. Remote activation using wireless systems is also commonly used in our designs

 

  • Operating cost and longevity - our goal is to install a system that will operate reliably and require the minimum amount of maintenance

 

  • Security, safety and, vandalism - a correctly designed installation will not only extend the hours of pleasure you get from your garden, but it will also make it safer to negotiate paths, steps, water features, driveways and entrances at night, and make your home less attractive to thieves. Whilst vandalism is a consideration in restaurants and pubs, in all cases accidental damage to luminaries and injury to people or animals must be taken into account when selecting types of lighting, routing wiring, and positioning luminaries

 

  • Lighting added during construction or to an established garden - whilst lighting is commonly added as a part of a landscaping project, often the greatest pleasure is gained by adding lighting to unveil the beauty of an established garden after dark

 

  • Combining lighting with music and water features - whether entertaining or just relaxing in a garden, the experience is one of a combination of all senses

 

  • Glare and light pollution - glare from lights can not only be uncomfortable, but in the case of path or step lighting it can also be dangerous. Reflectors, louvered accessories (such as eyelids and honeycomb glare guards), and careful positioning can ensure that the light is focused where it is needed

 

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