Landscape lighting is a category that I can simultaneously find completely boring and completely exciting. Though a physicist by training, the thought of technically planning circuits and networks for all the lighting options a client might want makes my head hurt. I always call a favorite lighting guy to help with this. Lots of landscape lighting is pretty boring. Really, how many ways can you make an up-lighter interesting?….you can’t, it’s just an up-lighter, you don’t want to see it, you just want it to glow from an unseen source, and work for a long time without becoming a maintenance pain. So in gathering this stuff, I am going to list all the companies in my arsenal but only provide images that are actually inspiring or interesting or pretty.
Lustrearte is a Portuguese company that has an office in Connecticut. Like the piece above, their outdoor line tends to be rustic and nautical giving a unique look to a project.
Scofield Historic Lighting is great for historic properties. Their reproduction line of indoor and outdoor lights bring an authenticity to a historic property. Custom Work is available.
Ship Lights is just that, nautical ship lights– given the right situation, they are equally as good in the garden as on a boat.
Have you seen the lights that fit into your pavers (Paver Brights)? I am personally not sure what I think of them. Basically, I think I don’t like them for 2 reasons. 1) generally don’t care much for concrete pavers (except on a rare occasion) so why would I like colorful lights embedded in them. 2) just looking at the individual item alone, it tends to look a bit cheap and plastic-y….but I haven’t actually held one in hand to know if this is completely true. But I keep them here, because, while I haven’t seen it used in an exciting and interesting design, I am sure that they can be– given the right designer, place and project.
There are a few good reliable makers of general residential Landscape lighting products. They include: