Emotion and perception, you make it with light
The garden, it’s summer and you come home from a hard day’s work. Before you start making dinner, have a nice glass of wine while enjoying the beautiful view and taking a refreshing dip in the pool. It’s the reality in the Netherlands these days, right? We expect more and more luxury in and around the house and want to be able to enjoy it every day, including at night.
We believe, if everyone can do what he or she does best, you will have more time to focus your attention and you will get the best results. Gardens are becoming increasingly complex and it is impossible to keep up with the new techniques that have been added, especially on lighting technology. The landscaper can be relieved by having the lighting done by a lighting designer, a professional in lighting technology. I know better than anyone what a garden can look like at night!
With a thoughtful garden design comes thoughtful lighting design these days. In the last 20 years, the emphasis has shifted more from quantity to quality, a fact recognized by many designers and users. A good lighting plan takes the overall design of a garden to the next level. There is an objective and a subjective side to a lighting plan. The objective side is easy to explain. For example, the plan complies with applicable standards and regulations. Explaining the subjective part is more difficult. This is done in terms of coziness, atmosphere, ambiance, image and appearance. The latter is our expertise and cannot be pigeonholed, for each garden applies a different atmosphere, that atmosphere you have to taste and experience live, a visual lighting plan with beautiful renders is therefore difficult to imagine. We prefer to visit an existing equivalent garden to let you experience it live.
Illuminate or illuminate
There is a big difference between illuminating and exposing. Putting a spotlight from a reputable brand in the right place to put an object in as much light as possible does not get you there. What opening angle is required? How far should the light reach? So how much power per lumen do I need? At what color temperature does specifically that object look most natural without sacrificing atmosphere? Will a small corner of the garden be kept darker to create some tension or will you illuminate this very corner? What is next to the dark corner? When is a rose bush in bloom and how can you accentuate it at just that moment? What intensity are you using? So you see, an illuminated garden is totally different from an illuminated garden.
Each object is different and must be looked at independently with what light it is lit with. How beautiful it is to color with the seasons, nuanced but certainly not a circus. The garden is dynamic in growth throughout the year, daylight is continuously dynamic keeping the garden interesting to look at during the day. When it is dark that dynamism is missing, this dynamism can also be properly produced by artificial light and a thoughtful plan in luminance not lighting but lighting……. And lighting is a profession.
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