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Garden lighting


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As temperatures warm up and the evenings draw out, garden lighting comes out to play. Whether it be to illuminate the patio, bring a tree to life or create beautiful effects in ponds and fountains, lighting brings out a whole new look for a garden after dark.


David Atkinson Lighting Design (DALD)


created a beautiful scheme for a private landscape project in Essex, which was designed by Deakinlock Garden Design. The brief from the client was for lighting not only to enhance the new landscape design, which is densely planted with shrubs, grasses and seasonal flowers, but to offer energy efficiency and sustainability.


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Fittings used were from Commercial Lighting Systems, Ares and Willie Meyer. Atkinson wanted to create a naturalistic approach to the lighting by limiting the amount of point sources to the garden, with the majority of fittings being positioned discreetly at low level. For the general planting accent lighting is from compact stainless steel 7W LED spike fittings from Commercial Lighting Systems. By using cool 4000kelvin LEDs, the different variations of planting and colour are defined.


For general lighting to the main terrace


area, Ares 35W metal halide Box up/downlights are positioned onto the


black weather boarding barn; this helps to limit and control the amount of reflected light out to the space. There are two water features within the


garden terrace area, one being a stainless steel dish that is lit externally by a custom designed 2W LED head mounted onto a 600mm rod. The second water feature is a long trough with pumped water one end – after various trials it was decided to mount an IP68 rated 7W LED below the water outlet, which helps to reflect the water back off the surrounding brick wall and grasses. Both pond fittings were supplied by Commercial Lighting Systems. To the rear of the garden the existing


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