Lighting Advice And Safety

A few Lighting Advice And Safety Tips

  • Get a good design from someone who knows what they are doing. This will save you so much time, money and effort.
  • Chose your light fittings carefully don’t be pushed into buying a high-quality finish if it is going to be hidden behind a bush. The difference in finishes can be as much as 100 pounds.
  • Combine lighting techniques to really produce stunning effects.
  • For feature lighting always try to hide the light source.
  • Plan what each area of the garden will be used for ( i.e. seating and dining ) and light accordingly.
  • In terms of lighting, less is more but keep in mind that over-lighting an area is usually more to do with the wrong type of fitting than a number of lights.
  • Many companies talk about NIC compliant, please note this is just an association Like ‘Corgi’ and the legal requirement is for the electrician to be Part P Compliant.

Below are some examples of Lighting techniques.

UPLIGHTING
Architectural and landscape elements become visually dramatic features when illuminated from below. Fixtures may be camouflaged by the use of glare shields and louvres to hide the light source from the main viewing angle.

DOWNLIGHTING
Lighting from above may illuminate an area for landscape or architectural enhancement or special effects, and for safety or security. May also be used to highlight a smaller area, or a single feature, or to create a sense of perspective

MOONLIGHTING
A soft, natural, diffuse effect similar to natural moonlight created by protecting light downward, with the light passing through leaves and branches to cast shadows on the ground below. This can also be combined with fixtures directing light upward to light the tree from below.

SPOTLIGHTING
Individual features are powerful illuminated from above or below by a strong, narrow-focused beam of light. Some examples of items benefiting from this technique are sculptures, statues, landscape features, architectural details, and flagpoles.

UNDERWATER
The use of submersible fixtures in ponds, fountains and similar environments to create interesting and exciting lighting effects. These can range from spotlighting from beneath the water to soft, glowing area lighting of the subsurface environment.

PATHWAY LIGHTING
Light projected on a walkway from above or alongside the illuminated surface. This can be done for safety and security, as well for safety and security, as well as for aesthetic impact.

GRAZING
This technique accentuates the texture of the surface being illuminated. Simply place the fixture close to the plane of the wall, fence or other feature, and direct the light obliquely across its surface.

FLOOD WASHING
This technique creates smooth, even illumination of selected objects. Changing the fixture spacing will create different effects. For example, wide fixture spacing creates scalloping on the surface, while close fixture spacing will vary the scallop size or eliminate scalloping altogether to create a smooth, even wash.

STEP LIGHTING
Designed for Safety, step lighting clearly illuminates the step area to ensure proper visibility. Illuminator step lights come in a variety of lighting options: fluorescent, incandescent, and tungsten halogen, in both line and low voltage.

SHADOWING
A pleasing traditional effect in which the shadow of a tree, water from a fountain, or architectural element is cast against a wall or other surface by strong frontal illumination of the object. The size of the projected image may be controlled by beam pattern or by varying the distance from the light to the object.

SILHOUETTING
The backlighting of architectural elements, trees, or other objects so they stand out before a wall or other surface. This stunning theatrical effect is created by placing the fixture directly behind and below the object.