In this blog, we point out some common mistakes which every usually face to when planing and building light system for a garden. We belive that by learning from the mistakes of others, you can design a garden more secure and more beautiful.
1.Installing too many lights in one area
It is always a wise choice to set lighting fixtures in various direction and places – especially with outdoor lighting. When you place too many lights in one place, you garden will be separated into a lopsided way – and of course, this is not the result you would like to contemplate till the end. For example, installing light fixtures directly across from one other will just make you pathway looks like an airstrip, instead, you’ve better set lights in a zigzag formation.
Furthermore, there is a need to understand different methods of exterior lighting which will help you generate more brilliant ideas for a beautiful garden. Throughout years working in lighting industry, we have learned that ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting are not only used for indoor lighting but also for outdoor ones, as well. With ambient lighting, a soft light will be provided to every direction which is much useful for path lights along the walkway and the driveway. Remember to choose non – glaring low-voltages lights and place them in a zigzag formation as we mentioned above. Meanwhile, task lighting provides light to do some certain activities such as wall-mounted fixtures which can be installed near the deck or the patio. Lastly, accent lighting s used to highlight a specific object which you can use a strip of LEDs the plans or flowers in your garden. We recommend to light the plants from the underneath so that your garden will looks lusher and more soothing. Furthermore, if there is water display in your garden, it also combines well with accent lighting. For example, you can light the aquarium by arranging LED accent lighting from the underneath or from the back. Or with the water foundation, you just apply green or blue LEDs around or even in the water to create soothing effect, but remember to use waterproof LEDs for safety.
2. Choosing the wrong color temperature.
Landscape lighting is specific when it comes to color temperature. For example:
- If color temperature is too cold, it will result in bluish and bright lighting, your garden will look unnatural and also make anyone looking at it feel too commercial and sterile.
- If the color temperature in a fixture is too warm, it will produce a yellow-tinted light, which can appear dirty or dated.
- If the color temperature is bluish hue, it makes your home look gloomy, especially when you don’t apply it to any specific purpose.
Color temperatures set the mood of your design, depending on your plan and intentions, you decide the color to suit for. For example, 3000K is perfect for creating a crisper effect as well as highlighting the color of the foliage. Or else, rather than choosing one type, a mix of both might be the right answer for you.
Glare is one of the most common and annoying lighting problems. It appears when the contrast between dark and light is too emphasized. There are two main types of glare which are discomfort glare and disability glare.
- Discomfort glare is an immediate occurrence and occurs from light sources or luminaires whose luminance is greater than the eye can adapt to. It can also become noticeable after a period of time.
- Disability Glare results from light scattering within the eye, which, in turn, decreases contrast and reduces visibility. This condition is also called veiling luminance. It can occur with or without discomfort glare and / or veiling reflections.
Most designers use a combination of one or more of the glare metrics, plus their own sub-jective assessment and common sense to address glare in lighting and daylighting design. Also, try to point the lights away from the general line of sight and use glare cowls and louvres on spotlight.
4. Some recommenations
- Install a spotlight in a tree with the light downward and avoiding light across a distance. This idea can use to light a terrace or a path
- Do not illuminate just individual features such as a single tree because it creates a hovering oddly impression about that features and make a confused impression for anyone looking at the garden
- Using both light and shadow when building a scheme
- Illuminating those vertical sections between the treads of a staircase which cre-ates a much more subtle effect as well as easier for you to see each step