FILTERS AND LENSES
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Garden lighting can be made more subtle, colourful or glare free by the addition of optional lenses or filters in outdoor spotlights, recessed garden lights and exterior downlights.
Internal honeycomb glare louvres reduce the visibility of the lamp within the garden spotlight, exterior downlight, steplight or uplight and help to avoid glare around paths, patios and viewpoints; they prevent the front of the lamp being seen directly from outside the maximum 60 degree halogen beam angle. They are recommended for use in spotlights near to deck, path and patio areas where reducing the visibility of the light source aids visual comfort and helps to hide the light’s source within the scene. The honeycomb mesh has an open area of 95% to minimise loss of light output. Elipta’s 58mm E4010 honeycomb lenses features a 4mm hexagonal cell and 3mm thickness for close control of glare in COMPACT MR16/GU10 spotlights, which are designed with extra space to accommodate them as a push fit into the front lens bezel, still leaving space behind for a clip-on colour filter if required. MICROSPOT MR11 spotlights have a similar E4011 honeycomb glare louvre option
||Designed for lights listed below
||Elipta MR16/GU10 COMPACT spotlights, SMOOTHIE steplights & WAYMARKERS
||Elipta MR11 MICROSPOT spotlights
||Clip-on filter for other Elipta MR16 NEPTUNE underwater, MODULA & LAWNLIGHTER recessed and POINTER step lights
is a 50mm clip-on honeycomb glare filter usually fitted onto the front of an MR16 lamp in fittings such as MODULA
12 volt recessed lights and NEPTUNE underwater lights. It is a general purpose louvre only 3mm thick and with a 4mm cell size, requiring 6mm space for fitting between the lamp and lens of the light.
reduce the visibility of the lamp within a garden spotlight, underwater light, steplight or uplight, aiding visual comfort around paths, patios and viewpoints. They are recommended for use in garden spotlights lighting down onto seating, dining, deck, and patio areas. They also soften and widen the beam from a spotlight or underwater light so that the shape of the beam is less visible – the light tapers off rather than ending in a circular beam. Some manufacturers offer interchangeable lenses for garden lights, such as the E2500F
flush frosted lens for NEPTUNE underwater and recessed lights and the POINTER
recessed steplights. Many spotlight products feature bonded lenses as part of their design, so it is not possible to remove a clear lens and replace it with a frosted one. For these garden lights the MR16AFL
clip-on frosted lens may be fitted onto a 12 volt MR16 or GU10 240 volt lamp if the light has been designed with sufficient internal space to accommodate them; it requires 6mm space for fitting between the lamp and lens of the light. Elipta COMPACT spotlights and SMOOTHIE recessed steplights are amongst these products. The clip may be removed for insertion in front of the MR16 lamp in some other fittings. Other clip-on 50mm lenses and colour filters available are listed below:
spread lens elongates the round beam of the lamp into a more rectangular shape useful for uplighting tall subjects, crosslighting murals and creating more even downlighting onto a terrace.
structure lens texturises the beam where flat white light is not ideal; it also smooths and broadens uneven light beams sometimes produced by led modules
can create stunning lighting effects when used in combination with suitable materials. Standard colours include;
Blue absorption filter makes the lamp appear blue in recessed uplights and steplights.
Blue dichroic filter is more efficient for blue accent lighting which makes water look fresh and creates vivid displays with water, glass and stainless steel
Champagne dichroic filter provides a mellow alternative to white light
Green dichroic filter can enliven dull foliage
Moonlighting filter is pale blue, providing a cooler colour of lighting for the “moonlighting” effect
Orange dichroic filter for adding warmth, to copper features for example.
Pink dichroic filter - for a rosy glow.
Purple dichroic filter can add vibrant colour to dark subjects.
Red dichroic filter - when you need a fiery glow.
Skin-tone dichroic filter adds a touch of reality to white marble statues
Copyright 2013; Information based on products supplied by Lighting for Gardens Limited and is advisory only. The company accepts no responsibility for incorrect use or application of information given. Light fittings can become hot in use; exercise appropriate precautions. Exterior electrical installations should be undertaken by a qualified electrician.