Lighting in the garden is sexy. Properly designed lighting sets the right mood, makes the garden come to life, and creates an ambience that makes a garden feel complete. Needless to say, the functionality of a garden increases significantly because you are able to monitor the meat on the grill, find your silverware at the dinner table and even read the New York Times as the sun sets. Set the up lights to catch the exfoliating bark of Betula papyrifera, or a backlight to frame the architectural silhouette of Yucca filamentosa and magic happens.
In New York City, there is no such thing as complete darkness on a terrace. Strategically placed low voltage lighting kicks the ambient lighting up a notch to highlight the things that make your garden special. Consider it an investment piece for your garden. We recently installed a system on the lower east side composed of several uplights and downlights that make the sitting area more useable.
Uplights, downlights, and LED lighting set a nice backdrop in the garden, but don’t be afraid to play with feature lighting too. These Manhattan lighting showrooms have inspiring outdoor fixtures. The first is a Phillipe Starck floor lamps available at Flos Lighting http://www.flos.com/int-en-Home at 152 Greene Street and the second is the Luceplan floor lamp which you can use in multiple ways available at http://www.olighting.com/ at 40 Walker Street. By the way, check out the Raimond Pendant fixture at O Lighting- it is for interiors, but it is magnificent!