Landscape & Outdoor Lighting
With years of experience working alongside swimming pool installers & landscapers we have become specialists in all your landscape lighting & pool electrical needs to create the ultimate atmosphere, emphasising your landscape features.
We can help you transform the look & feel of your outdoor space, doorways, paths, entertaining areas, driveways & gates with outdoor lighting effects that add hidden shades, highlight architectural features & bring additional refinement & ambiance to your outdoor gatherings.
Whether you want dramatic exterior landscape lighting to showcase your property at night, or understated security features to keep your home safe, we have residential & commercial outdoor lighting to suit your unique requirements.
Landscape lighting designed well can have a transformative effect on your outdoor space at night-time. It can be daunting wondering where to start your lighting project as the possibilities are endless & that is where South Island Electrical can help. We can guide you from design including lighting techniques & product selection right through to completed installation.
Landscape Lighting Techniques
Different landscape lighting techniques can be used to accentuate different features of the garden. A combination of techniques might be used to get the best from your design.
Light & shadow against walls can create a visually eye-catching effect.
This technique can be used to add depth to architectural features, brick or stonework of a building.
This technique creates a subtle, low level of light to a wide area, up close to the structure, with minimal density.
Directing the eye to the textures, this technique highlights height & shape differences in plant beds adding ambiance.
Highlight features such as benches, retaining walls, steps, or outdoor kitchens.
Bring light to permanent or semi-permanent installations such as large trees, walls or pathways.
Give attention to an interesting shape by lighting a vertical surface behind it to accent that shape.
Pathways & Garden Edges
Lighting up pathways & garden edges is functional as well as appealing. It makes navigating your outside space aesthetically more pleasing as well as safer. Consider deck & patio lighting as well as path lighting in your design.
Water & Leaves
Beautiful calming effects can be created using light through water or leaves.
Strategically lighting background areas around bodies of water that then reflect the landscape off the water.
Enhance & highlight flowing water in streams, waterfalls & fountains to create an enchanted mirroring effect on still waters.
Mounting a light fitting high in a tree can catch details of branches & leaves, imitating moonlight.
Low Voltage 12V / 24V & Mains Voltage Options
Landscape light fixtures are typically available in either low voltage (12 or 24 volt) & mains voltage 220 volt.
In general, low voltage light fixtures are less expensive to purchase & easier to install. They do still need an electrician to install the transformer/power supply. The cable can be buried in the garden without the need for conduit (however this is still recommended to avoid future damage with a spade).
Mains voltage power cables need to be buried in conduit to a depth of 600mm & all connections in sealed junction boxes by a registered electrician.
Low Voltage Fixtures:
- Easy to install
- Less expensive to purchase
- Cable does not need to be in conduit (however recommended)
- Wide range of options available
- Safe around water
Mains Voltage Fixtures:
- Can be more expensive than low voltage options & must be installed by electrician
- Lower range of options available
- Not to be used in or around water
- No need to use transformers
- Easier installation of wall spotlights where hiding transformers can be difficult
- You don’t need to be concerned about voltage drop in 240 volt cables as you do at 12 volt
- Up lighting of large trees often requires use of energy efficient fittings which run at 240 volts
Swimming Pool Heat Pumps
Whether you are looking for the supply & installation of a swimming pool heat pump to extend the use of your pool through the year or looking for power or feature lighting for your pool, we have you covered.