Jenny Pullar was commissioned by the Ellerslie Flower Show to do site beautification lighting in specified areas. She used Hunza™ lights for lighting the waterside areas featured in this case study. In our first case study from the show we looked at how a few well-placed light fittings could transform a courtyard or small garden after dark. In this case study we’ll be looking at how Jenny illuminated the extensive lakeside plantings of flax, toitoi and grass.
Using Coloured Lenses
Tinted glass lenses enhance the natural colours of the planting and avoid the general ‘yellowing’ caused by halogen lamp sources.
Different coloured lenses enhance the contrast between the different shapes and textures of the plantings. Blue tinted light works well to pick out the silvery tones of flax. In contrast, the green and lavender tints were effective with the toitoi and grasses.
Fittings were either mounted midway up the plant, or shining up.from ground level. The Hunza™ range of solid copper Twin Pole, Twin Bar and Spike Spots with MR16 lamps were used.
According to Jenny, “It was a joy to work with such beautifully engineered lights. I especially liked the ease of focusing and how good the lights looked in the daytime. Tinted glass lenses were used to enhance the natural colours of the planting and avoid the general ‘yellowing’ caused by halogen lamp sources.”
Lighting From Below
The lighting of the cabbage trees and lancewoods was highly effective. Judicious use of green-tinted uplighting picked up the interesting shape and colour of the cabbage tree and created a striking contrast with the night sky. A product like the Spike Spot Adjustable can be mounted at ground level, with separate lamps illuminating the head and the trunk of the tree.