Night and Day

Night and Day

This case study explores the possibilities that careful positioning of low voltage fixtures can achieve after dark. We look at how to use landscape lighting to achieve a number of goals: 

1. highlighting focal points 

2. creating a mood for entertainment and use at night 

3. providing simple visual pleasure, and 

4. providing a safe environment for people to move around 

The lighting designer has the advantage of starting with a blank canvas that he or she can manipulate to emphasize the features that are most pleasing to the owner and at the same time disguise less desirable areas or zones. 
This ability has the effect of creating two very different settings when comparing night and day.

Here's a good example of creating a strong focal point at night with the use of light directed from above and to the side of the figurine. This generates much more drama than the corresponding daytime image where the figure is much less noticeable. The arms of the statue in the foreground get the treatment from a low mounted Spike Spot Adjustable. 

This area of the landscape tends not to be used at night, therefore looking at the landscape is more important than use. 

​The Wall Spot

The Wall Spot (retro fit) in solid copper above is an ideal solution if the requirement is to throw the light at any angle up to 90 degrees away from a fixed position on the side of a building or pergola. With almost 360 degrees of rotation the positioning of this fixture in relation to the subject being illuminated is very flexible.

​The retro fit

The retro fit means the fixture can be fed directly from the mains voltage.

​The bronze Mouse Lite

The bronze Mouse Lite is the answer when the situation calls for a low profile fitting providing a low level of illumination that needs to be controlled in a strictly downward fashion.


This fixture is surface mounted and installation is simple, the installer having to allow only for the entry of the low voltage cable.

With HUNZA™ low voltage accent lighting the lighting designer can work with the three principal areas of the property: the building (which also covers decks, bbq sites and other functional areas attached to the house), the transitional areas (such as paths and steps) and the landscape or garden itself.

Using accent lighting, instead of bulkhead or general purpose lighting, retains the definition of each of these areas. No one space is dominated or washed out by another, and special features can be appropriately highlighted.

The contrast of light and shadow is important when considering a landscape lighting layout - over-lighting can produce an artificial result, devoid of mystery.

This image demonstrates the anti glare capability of the Step Lite Louvre, in this case the square shape in solid copper. This fitting is ideal where glare control is paramount and there is no requirement to throw the beam over an extended distance.

Path Lite

The photo offers a closer view of two HUNZA fixtures: the four-way Path Lite and the Spike Spot Adjustable, both in solid copper.


The adjustable Spike Spot shown here up-lighting two specimen trees is one of the most versatile fittings in the HUNZA range. As well as its obvious up-lighting capability, the head can be adjusted up to 90 degrees in relation to the fixing spike to graze light horizontally across the ground, taking in low growing foliage, rocks and grasses.

The four-way Path Lite is the solution for the property owner looking for a visual guide down a driveway or path and can be supplied with a mounting canister.

Whilst this fixture has been designed for vertical positioning it can also be fixed horizontally to throw an architecturally pleasing four-way light pattern as an alternative to a step light. The one-, two- and three-way versions of this fitting can also be used in this manner.

The three-way Path Lite.

The three-way Path Lite. This is the ideal fixture to highlight the corner or edge of a deck or patio, or for use as a spaced marker down a path or driveway.


The ability to position a low level light source in this manner is important where a wider cityscape or other view could be compromised by highly illuminated features in the foreground.