There is a very old saying that all cats look grey at night. Today, thanks partly tothe growing trend to urnish private homes and gardens with sophisticated outdoorlighting, that saying is no longer as true as it once was.Facades subtly accentuated by light and encircled by greenery imbue such build-ings with an inviting, homely atmosphere. Illuminated gardens extend the domesticliving space outwards, illuminated boundaries enable the space to be experiencedas a whole, even in winter. The result is a sense o security, orientation and comort– enhanced by the light that shines through the windows, through the eyes, as itwere, o the building.Ensuring the right results calls or proessional lighting planning conducted in closecooperation between client, architect, interior designer, landscape designer andlighting designer. Part o the challenge lies in crating a solution that achieves har-mony and balance while successully underlining the design statement o acadesand accentuating the design o the exterior acilities. The most important thing toconsider at all times, however, is the personal space o those who live in the build-ing. Tailoring the colours, contours and materials o the architecture to personalliestyle is crucially important or the wellbeing o those occupying the space. So,too, is the task o dening and meeting the lighting requirements presented.Especially where the client wishes to t outdoor lighting with more conventional,more energy-intensive lamps – which may seem a more economical option at rstbecause o the lower initial outlay – thought should at least be given to harness-ing the extensive possibilities o modern building services technology. Ecientautomation o electrical installations is a vital requirement or resource conservationand sustainability; so is the use o lamps that use less energy to deliver the sameamount o light.Hence the increasing use o LEDs in outdoor lighting. Appealingly petite, they canoten be concealed behind protrusions or embedded in building joints. This coin-cides with the current zen-inspired preerence or minimalist design, allowing lumi-naires to become physically discreet space-dening elements. On the other hand,light used to create an eye-catching, space-dominating eature, e.g. a designerlight sculpture, is ound to enhance, enliven and add interest to the surroundings.May this booklet be a source o inspiration and ideas or your personal wellbeing.Andrea NusserPLDA Lighting Designer
[Front cover]The lighting concept here meetsevery major outdoor home lighting require-ment: acade illumination, orientation lightingor the route to the ront door, wall luminairesor garage and entrance and a sel-illuminatinghouse number.A trail o light created by LED in-groundluminaires leads to the terrace.