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Garden Lighting


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With the sun coming out and barbeques imminent, we take a look at the best ways to shed some light on the garden.


With the weather already warming up this year, entertaining in the garden will be moving to the forefront of agendas over the coming weekends. Lighting your garden can provide a number of atmospheric and safety benefits; task lighting can help to distinguish paths or help illuminate specific areas, whilst mood lighting can help create the perfect space for entertaining. Jeremy Fielding, Sales Director at Atrium believes that the way we use our gardens is changing; “The garden can sometimes be overlooked as a space for evening enjoyment and entertainment. Outdoor lighting is a crucial part of designing for the built environment, and with the development of new technologies and innovative designs, the way in which we use these spaces has evolved.” Where we may once have shied away


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from garden lighting because fixtures were very bulky, the development of new technologies has meant that fixtures have become much smaller, opening up the opportunities for lighting outdoors. “Users can now choose fittings that are much smaller, as the dimensions of control gear and light source has decreased,” explains Fielding. “This allows light sources to be hidden, illuminating key features of the garden in a discrete manner. Another factor to consider is materiality. Understated lights such as the Belvedere Collection by Flos are designed to seamlessly blend with their environment whilst offering a high performance clean optic that is also energy efficient.”


With the functionality of the garden changing, outdoor spaces are increasingly designed to replicate the comfort of


indoors. As a result, the design of lighting for gardens has changed, and statement pieces are therefore getting increasingly popular. The Superarchimoon Outdoor and KTribe F3 Outdoor designed by Philippe Starck for Flos are excellent examples of an indoor aesthetic brought into the garden environment. Design for gardens doesn’t have to be


difficult, and there are some key considerations that can be followed to make life easier, as Fielding explains; “Key things to focus on when lighting a garden are functions for the space. When we work with clients on lighting design we always question how they want users to feel and what they want the focal points to be. It’s always good to start with a few lit areas and build from there, it’s much easier to adapt external lighting by adding light sources rather than taking them away.” LED lighting is gaining popularity across the majority of lighting sectors, and outdoor lighting is no exception. The


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