Anti Glare Lighting – Shine with Subtlety and with Strength
‘I don’t want it to look like a runway, or Blackpool Illuminations’! Phrases that still emerge whenever landscape lighting is discussed. However, amazing effects can be achieved with the right lights. Paired with layout and the other main factors of a design, lights can become part of the entire creative process; not just a rushed addition or necessary afterthought. Anti glare lighting is an important discussion!
Nowadays, more Designers and Landscapers are being asked to source and even install outdoor lights on projects. Although this can be a different area of understanding, taking on the responsibility to illuminate a garden, and implementing this, can be hugely gratifying for all parties.
Like other technology, many designs on offer now are versatile,
…and have more than one application. Sometimes a strong light is required, and there should be no fear of specifying a powerful light when necessary, for example to uplight a large tree with a floodlight, or give security and better access to a dark area with high output LED bollards.
However, for ‘accent’ or ‘ornamental’ lighting, an element of subtlety is favoured. You should avoid ‘Glare’ wherever possible. This is a common, undesirable consequence of using lights that are simply too bright, not in the best position or do not direct light. Several factors reduce this problem, to consider at product buying stage.
Here are some helpful hints for Anti-Glare Lighting:
- Purchase fittings that accommodate a replaceable LED light source. This way, if illumination is too bright, try a bulb with a lesser lumen output. If the LED bulb ever fails, save a major re-install by simply changing the lamp rather than the whole fitting.
- Try removable accessories such as frosted glass lenses or honeycomb louvred filters. Frosted lenses with a spotlight, soften the beam effectively producing more of a ‘wash’ effect. Using a honeycomb filter will modify and diffuse a straight ‘spot’ beam.
- Use adjustable fittings for choice and direction. It’s best to use fittings that adjust to shine at various angles such as Spikelights for added versatility and to avoid glare.
- Larger professional path lights and bollards should have louvres or slats in the head to direct light downwards. Some also have frosted diffusers.
- Use Spreadlights – specialist lights that provide a glare-free non-polluting pool of light for paths, decks, terraces or low planting. The light source can be located under a ‘shade’ distinguishing them from other Path lights.
- ‘Wash’ Walls for an even coverage and to define a space softly or create a backdrop.
Incorporating all types of lighting including ‘anti glare lighting’ into your plans couldn’t be easier.
Lumena Lights stock accessories including removable frosted lenses, with many lights available with either clear or frosted lens options dependent on effect required. Many Professional Spreadlights are available, including a fabulous new edition- the Pro Solar Halopost Path Light.