Illuminating the hidden hues: creative garden lighting

Creating a dramatic nightscape is about designing for the final effect - crafting hues of hidden beauty by manipulating light.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team
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Creating a dramatic nightscape is about designing for the final effect - crafting hues of hidden beauty by manipulating light. We spoke to the Garden Lighting Company about the transformational power of light.

The clever use of light can transform an outdoor space, taking it to new heights with dramatic silhouettes, alluring canopies, subtle contrasts and vivid hues only visible with the right illumination. It’s in the details where light can dance. Whether it’s the washing of light across a lawn, bringing movement in the breeze and highlighting intense green hues only seen at night, or the use of certain features to create character on an otherwise unremarkable surface.

 

“Using light the right way can create a stunning transformation of an outdoor space or garden,” The Garden Lighting Company’s Barry Sluiter says. “So often, clients and designers approach us with a set of requirements including the number and type of lights they need for an outdoor area. Our approach is different. To create the best lighting schemes, we steer away from products and begin with the intended final effect.

 

“Is it to draw people outside at night? Or is the desired impact to create a sense of movement and life to be enjoyed at night from the indoors? Perhaps the area is lacking in a sense of verticality - with trees and canopies not visible under the night sky.”

 

It’s these final effects that are the most important part of any outdoor lighting design, Barry says. “Understanding these is the way to craft stunning lighting schemes. Once you have the intended uses and effects outlined, that’s when products come into play.”

In many cases, a range of lighting is used together to create vivid effects. “Perhaps there is a stunning palm or a beautiful old tree. To highlight the structural aspects of the tree and simultaneously use the light to illuminate the green hues of the canopy is going to make a huge difference.”

 

Conversely, perhaps there is a tiled feature where lights can be used to wash across the surface to create a dramatic night time aspect. Using light to cast silhouettes of trees and other architectural forms is another way to inject character, movement and interest to an outdoor area. 

 

“These uses of light just look stunning, and in many cases, when you approach the design from the outset with the desired final effect in mind, you can often use less lights to create a more dramatic impact,” Barry says.

 

“The way you manipulate light to transform outdoor spaces changes the way you experience a property, whether it’s from the interiors where you can appreciate the crisp, clean, wet vivid grass in winter or whether lighting is used to draw people outdoors in summer.”

 

 

The Garden Lighting Company is based in Auckland, and works with a Kumeu-based manufacturer to design and craft all light fittings in New Zealand. “We only offer premium, high-end lighting that we know will last, which is why we craft all our pieces from spun copper and marine grade anodised aluminium. They’re designed specifically for New Zealand conditions and as a result, you can expect them to last indefinitely if they do not incur any physical damage over their lifetime.”

 

Working directly with clients and collaboratively with architects and landscape architects, The Garden Lighting Company offers site visits throughout Auckland, and a complete design, supply and install service. 

 

Make sure you visit The Garden Lighting Company on ArchiPro here to understand the power of creative, architectural outdoor lighting solutions.

 

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Illuminating the hidden hues: creative garden lighting

Creating a dramatic nightscape is about designing for the final effect - crafting hues of hidden beauty by manipulating light.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team
0FC8CFBD-C43F-4180-85D1-CF38FD5869A7Created with sketchtool.
E160A899-8C92-47FF-BB31-6DB22BCEB5D9Created with sketchtool.

Creating a dramatic nightscape is about designing for the final effect - crafting hues of hidden beauty by manipulating light. We spoke to the Garden Lighting Company about the transformational power of light.

The clever use of light can transform an outdoor space, taking it to new heights with dramatic silhouettes, alluring canopies, subtle contrasts and vivid hues only visible with the right illumination. It’s in the details where light can dance. Whether it’s the washing of light across a lawn, bringing movement in the breeze and highlighting intense green hues only seen at night, or the use of certain features to create character on an otherwise unremarkable surface.

 

“Using light the right way can create a stunning transformation of an outdoor space or garden,” The Garden Lighting Company’s Barry Sluiter says. “So often, clients and designers approach us with a set of requirements including the number and type of lights they need for an outdoor area. Our approach is different. To create the best lighting schemes, we steer away from products and begin with the intended final effect.

 

“Is it to draw people outside at night? Or is the desired impact to create a sense of movement and life to be enjoyed at night from the indoors? Perhaps the area is lacking in a sense of verticality - with trees and canopies not visible under the night sky.”

 

It’s these final effects that are the most important part of any outdoor lighting design, Barry says. “Understanding these is the way to craft stunning lighting schemes. Once you have the intended uses and effects outlined, that’s when products come into play.”

In many cases, a range of lighting is used together to create vivid effects. “Perhaps there is a stunning palm or a beautiful old tree. To highlight the structural aspects of the tree and simultaneously use the light to illuminate the green hues of the canopy is going to make a huge difference.”

 

Conversely, perhaps there is a tiled feature where lights can be used to wash across the surface to create a dramatic night time aspect. Using light to cast silhouettes of trees and other architectural forms is another way to inject character, movement and interest to an outdoor area. 

 

“These uses of light just look stunning, and in many cases, when you approach the design from the outset with the desired final effect in mind, you can often use less lights to create a more dramatic impact,” Barry says.

 

“The way you manipulate light to transform outdoor spaces changes the way you experience a property, whether it’s from the interiors where you can appreciate the crisp, clean, wet vivid grass in winter or whether lighting is used to draw people outdoors in summer.”

 

 

The Garden Lighting Company is based in Auckland, and works with a Kumeu-based manufacturer to design and craft all light fittings in New Zealand. “We only offer premium, high-end lighting that we know will last, which is why we craft all our pieces from spun copper and marine grade anodised aluminium. They’re designed specifically for New Zealand conditions and as a result, you can expect them to last indefinitely if they do not incur any physical damage over their lifetime.”

 

Working directly with clients and collaboratively with architects and landscape architects, The Garden Lighting Company offers site visits throughout Auckland, and a complete design, supply and install service. 

 

Make sure you visit The Garden Lighting Company on ArchiPro here to understand the power of creative, architectural outdoor lighting solutions.

 

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The Garden Lighting Company

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Illuminating the hidden hues: creative garden lighting

Creating a dramatic nightscape is about designing for the final effect - crafting hues of hidden beauty by manipulating light.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team
0FC8CFBD-C43F-4180-85D1-CF38FD5869A7Created with sketchtool.
E160A899-8C92-47FF-BB31-6DB22BCEB5D9Created with sketchtool.

Creating a dramatic nightscape is about designing for the final effect - crafting hues of hidden beauty by manipulating light. We spoke to the Garden Lighting Company about the transformational power of light.

The clever use of light can transform an outdoor space, taking it to new heights with dramatic silhouettes, alluring canopies, subtle contrasts and vivid hues only visible with the right illumination. It’s in the details where light can dance. Whether it’s the washing of light across a lawn, bringing movement in the breeze and highlighting intense green hues only seen at night, or the use of certain features to create character on an otherwise unremarkable surface.

 

“Using light the right way can create a stunning transformation of an outdoor space or garden,” The Garden Lighting Company’s Barry Sluiter says. “So often, clients and designers approach us with a set of requirements including the number and type of lights they need for an outdoor area. Our approach is different. To create the best lighting schemes, we steer away from products and begin with the intended final effect.

 

“Is it to draw people outside at night? Or is the desired impact to create a sense of movement and life to be enjoyed at night from the indoors? Perhaps the area is lacking in a sense of verticality - with trees and canopies not visible under the night sky.”

 

It’s these final effects that are the most important part of any outdoor lighting design, Barry says. “Understanding these is the way to craft stunning lighting schemes. Once you have the intended uses and effects outlined, that’s when products come into play.”

In many cases, a range of lighting is used together to create vivid effects. “Perhaps there is a stunning palm or a beautiful old tree. To highlight the structural aspects of the tree and simultaneously use the light to illuminate the green hues of the canopy is going to make a huge difference.”

 

Conversely, perhaps there is a tiled feature where lights can be used to wash across the surface to create a dramatic night time aspect. Using light to cast silhouettes of trees and other architectural forms is another way to inject character, movement and interest to an outdoor area. 

 

“These uses of light just look stunning, and in many cases, when you approach the design from the outset with the desired final effect in mind, you can often use less lights to create a more dramatic impact,” Barry says.

 

“The way you manipulate light to transform outdoor spaces changes the way you experience a property, whether it’s from the interiors where you can appreciate the crisp, clean, wet vivid grass in winter or whether lighting is used to draw people outdoors in summer.”

 

 

The Garden Lighting Company is based in Auckland, and works with a Kumeu-based manufacturer to design and craft all light fittings in New Zealand. “We only offer premium, high-end lighting that we know will last, which is why we craft all our pieces from spun copper and marine grade anodised aluminium. They’re designed specifically for New Zealand conditions and as a result, you can expect them to last indefinitely if they do not incur any physical damage over their lifetime.”

 

Working directly with clients and collaboratively with architects and landscape architects, The Garden Lighting Company offers site visits throughout Auckland, and a complete design, supply and install service. 

 

Make sure you visit The Garden Lighting Company on ArchiPro here to understand the power of creative, architectural outdoor lighting solutions.

 

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The Garden Lighting Company

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