Care should be taken for the environment and local wildlife to maintain the ecological
balance. Insects, bats, wildlife can all be effected by light pollution. The
warmer colour spectrum of ( 2,700 Kelvins ) does not interfere with insects
and general wildlife as much as the blue colour spectrum of light around 6,000 kelvins
which can disrupt their normal night time activity. This also applies to bats where
a anti glare light fittings works better as well as reducing the overall light pollution
in the area. You must also be mindful of your neighbors and the effect your lighting
can have on them and shining a 500w tungsten halogen flood light in to their windows
at night will cause them distress. Try to keep the light in a downward position and
local to the items you want to illuminate and even if you want to illuminate tall
trees it can be done in a sympathetic way by placing a ground buried or surface spike
flood light directly under the trees to illuminate the canopy. Some light fittings
also have a anti glare shield fitted to reduce light pollution.
The colour of a lamp is defined as a measurement called kelvins. A standard GLS light bulb in your house would be 2,700 kelvins which is in the warm colour spectrum and a lamp with 6,000 kelvins would be at the very cold white spectrum. Getting the right colour temperature of a lamp does matter as the warm colour wavelength helps to soften skin tones and gives a warm soft relaxed feel and at the other end of the scale a 4,000 to 6,000 kelvin lamp colour would be used in offices or a fast food restaurants to make you feel less comfortable and relaxed and more alert. There’s nothing that can sour your opinion of a compact fluorescent or LED lamp like buying a 4000K or 5000K bulb when you meant to buy a 2700K bulb, or vice-versa. When you buy a new, energy efficient bulb, keep your application and colour scheme in mind and make sure to buy the bulb with a colour temperature to match.
Choosing the style of a product is only part of the equation you must also think of where that product will be used and how it will be installed. All exterior lighting products on our web site have a IP rating which is explained further in our design ideas section but in simple terms the IP rating is appropriate to each light fitting and its intended application and is therefore fit for purpose. Water ingress is the enemy for outdoor lighting and the products supplied are only as good as the installation as the weakest point is always cable and transformer joints. All joint must be made 100% water tight and this can be done using heat shrink kits, waterproof junction boxes which are then filled with a resin mix. All joints where possible should be made above ground for easy access and reduced water ingress. When installing ground buried lights adequate drainage systems should be put in place especially in clay based soil areas. If possible use ground surface spike lights rather than a buried light. Mains 240v cable will have less joint than a low voltage installation but care must be taken with the cable runs.
|colour:||Garden Green, Graphite Black, Wood Effect|
|IP rating:||IP 65|
|Dimensions:||15cm (L) x 15cm (W) x 60cm (H)|
|Technical:||Internal mounting base|
|Sensor_Description:||Photocell (Dusk to Dawn), PIR - Detection range 5m and 120°|