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Outdoor lighting can bring real warmth to your garden in the late evening, but LED outdoor lights still need to look good during the day too.

Solid copper weathers to a mottled brown colour (verdigris patina) over time and beautifully compliments planting, surrounding gravel, stone or wood during daylight hours, whilst still managing to provide you with a choice of light; beam angles, brightness and colour well into the dark hours.

Jun 15, 2018 12:01:22 PM
Posted by Roma Stapleton

                             Low Voltage Lighting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Compact Outdoor Wall Spotlight - Stainless Steel - 240v GU10

Without a doubt, LED optics have definitely gotten better recently. New, more powerful LEDs are now bright enough to light large trees and buildings, but unlike traditional lights they do not suffer from being switched on and off. This gives LEDs a huge advantage for anything that requires frequent switching such as security lighting. With the touch of a button or app based control they can be switched or dimmed. Colour changing LEDs can be used to change the mood and even switch between warm and cool white.

 Cheaper running costs have been well documented, but good quality LED outdoor light fixtures are not only efficient, but now much more affordable. Some LEDs don’t cost much more than the halogen lamps they replace. Also in a garden the lower power consumption is a big advantage because it allows longer cable runs with less volt drop. Fewer transformers are needed for low voltage lighting circuits.

 Stricter legislation has encouraged greater efficiency, with the result that inefficient lamps are being phased out, and LEDs are often the only products still available. But with careful selection, many halogen systems can be retrofitted with good quality LED lamps – offering dimmable, warm whites producing nice soft lighting, specific beam angles or even colour changing.

 Life expectancy of LEDs is much better than most of the lamps they replace allowing manufacturers to bond the LEDs into their fittings. But even good LEDs don’t last forever, so with our more expensive fittings we make use of retrofit LEDs or replaceable LED modules allowing easy replacement.

 Low voltage  LEDs are inherently safer in outdoor environments, and pose less risk of injury. Lower energy use, improved reliability and longer lifespans help them to be regarded as one of the most energy efficient, artificial light sources available.

 Philip Milner Head of Technical LFG


Feb 15, 2018 9:51:21 AM
Posted by Roma Stapleton

Members of the LFG technical team managed to escape the office last week and were on-hand to answer enquiries at this year’s Futurescape event held at Sandown Park. The UK’s largest landscaping exhibition attracted over 1700 visitors from the landscape industry and included garden designers, landscapers, landscape architects and contractors. Many new Elipta products were showcased at the event and included new colour changing lamps, granite bollards and solid brass wall lights with 5 year warranties. A new Elipta brochure 2018/19 was also launched at the show and visitors were able to collect freshly printed hard copies. Follow the link and download your free copy now;



Nov 22, 2017 12:13:10 PM
Posted by Roma Stapleton

Bold urban spaces, roof terraces and courtyard gardens are often crying out to be integrated with their neighbouring environment. Images of a recent London based project courtesy of Paul Newman Landscapes, help to illustrate how links can be forged again with nature and how a new ambience can emerge with an urban garden renovation.


Oct 19, 2017 12:28:45 PM
Posted by Roma Stapleton

Glistening water and the shimmering light projected by underwater lighting through moving water can be fascinating. Some clever crosslighting of marginal planting from underwater can also produce a contrasting, subtle effect. Elipta underwater LED lights for ponds are available in kit form or sold as individual underwater LED spotlights suitable for most underwater features found in the garden. Heavy solid brass in construction, powder coated black or high grade 316 stainless steel fittings are ideal for submersion in water features, garden fountain, uplighting of a waterfall or just as fish pond lights underwater.

With contemporary water features, where the light fitting may be very visible, such as fish ponds, tiled or mosaic ponds, the P4SS Hydrus 316 stainless steel or the impressive Micro 316 stainless steel underwater lights may be preferred. For RGB colour changing lights the Brilliance and Luxes are excellent submersible LED light solutions and can be operated via a hand held remote control.

IP67 Outdoor LED strip lights, commonly sited around the water’s edge, now feature in many inner city rooftop or courtyard gardens. 

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       Atlantus Underwater Light with Glare Shield - Brass     Atlantus Underwater Light - Black     Micro Underwater Light 2w 3000K St.St.  24v DC 200Lm     Atlantus Underwater Light with Glare Shield - Black     Brilliance RGB - RGB 8w Spotlight With Clear Lens C/w 6 Core Cable

       Atlantus with Spike Mount - Brass     Neptune Recessed Light With Square Top - Brass     Neptune Recessed Light wIth Round Top - Brass     Atlantus with Glare Shield, Base Mount & Extended Stem - Black     Hydrus Underwater Light with Base


These underwater lights are available with a comprehensive selection of mounting accessories, including base-mounts and spike-mounts, with optional extension stems which enable underwater lights to be positioned just under the water surface for effective pond lighting. Positioning an underwater spot light 20-30cm below the water level means there is less chance of the light beam being absorbed and dissipated by murky water and raises the light above the level of cables and pipes in the bottom of the pond, so there is less risk of a well lit liner!

Jul 19, 2017 11:21:50 AM
Posted by Roma Stapleton

A guide for lighting trees

  Through the introduction of some subtle lighting, skilfully picking out branches or lighting the whole tree, one can create a lovely ambience and bring structure and warmth to your garden.

 Trees vary enormously in size and shape, but most trees can be lit very well using fittings with 36° or 60° beam angles.

 Narrow trees such as Silver Birch, Scots Pine and most conifers work best with a 36° light source. Medium spreading trees like Robinia, Cherry or Lime need lights with a 60° beam angle. While wide spreading mature Oaks and Cedars will usually require more than one light to achieve reasonable coverage. Extremely narrow subjects such as Italian Cypress could be lit using a very narrow light source, but in practice a 36° light will usually be effective.

 If a tree has an open canopy the light can be placed close to the trunk and pointed upwards to good dramatic effect. But where the foliage is dense it is better to light it up from the edge of the canopy. Grazing the outside in this way emphasizes textures and avoids the lower branches blocking the light from reaching the top.

 Good quality recessed fittings are available but surface mount fittings are easier to install and are more versatile. Ideally you should test out the lighting positions in the dark before making any final decisions. Unfortunately in the real world this is not always possible. But if you get it wrong it is much easier to move a spike mounted light than a recessed fitting. Make sure the lights are installed with a bit of slack cable to allow for adjustment.

 Larger trees require something much more energy efficient such as metal halide or led. Metal halide is a very good light source but it does suffer from one major drawback. The lamp must be matched to the control gear which means you can’t change the lamp brightness later on. Also the lamps can’t easily be dimmed.

 LED’s are rapidly improving and there are now led lights capable of lighting large trees. If you require a light with a very wide spread you could consider some of the new 30w, 50w or 100w led floodlights. But positioning them is critical as none of them offer any proper glare control.

 For lighting very small trees you might consider one of the Compact Spike Spots (available in 12v or 240v) with a 5w or 7w LED. If you need recessed fittings the Modula range of lights are a good choice; very solidly built with adjustable lamp holders which you can angle up to 30°, also available in 12v or 240v. If you are using 60° lamps it is worth considering P520B and Taurus spike spots which have excellent glare control while not constricting the spread of light.

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 Slightly larger trees (3 -5 metres) need more light than you can get from a single spike spot. You could consider the Titan 10 watt LED 240v spike spot.

 Trees up to about 8 metres can be lit effectively using 35 watt metal halide lamps in spike mount or recessed fittings or some of the larger LED lights like the Titan 26 or the Athena recessed LED uplight.

 For larger trees we recommend 70w and 150w metal halide Apollo fittings.

Author: Philip Milner Technical Director @

                         Corona Spike mount spotlight   Strap-Mount Tree Spotlight MR16 -  Black  

                         Titan10 LED Spotlight - 240v - 10w Warm White   Apollo - Metal Halide





Jun 16, 2017 1:43:48 PM
Posted by Roma Stapleton

Our energy efficient LED lights are not just pretty to look at. Elipta Compact wall spots already help to illuminate and accentuate many fine gardens and outdoor living spaces. Their beautifully crafted bodies made from solid brass, natural copper and 316 stainless steel now carry 5 years warranty from date of invoice. Certain exclusions apply such as the solid copper and brass taking on a rich patina over time, but the bodies are warrantied to be free from defects in material for a period of 60 months.  Click on the link to see our adjustable spotlight range;


                                   Copper Wall Spotlight                                                                                                  Warranty



Jun 14, 2017 4:30:33 PM
Posted by Roma Stapleton

It’s not all work!

Towards the end of last year, SGD Cheshire garden designers enjoyed a cup of coffee whilst finding out a little more about professional, outdoor garden lighting techniques. Lighting for Gardens technical director Philip Milner was invited by Dawn Perkins (RCO NW SGD) to lead a seminar at Mere, in Cheshire.

Phil focused the debate on lighting individual garden features, rather than a football pitch approach and was on hand afterwards to answer any installation related questions. Some of the latest, solid brass, outdoor wall lights were also on display. The weight of the Dartmouth outdoor wall light stunned everyone – a solid brass LED fitting weighing in at nearly 2.5kgs!



Jan 18, 2017 3:11:25 PM
Posted by Roma Stapleton

Solid brass & natural copper LED outdoor wall lights are proving a popular choice for many customers. High quality, exterior lights made from natural raw materials seem to blend into their new environments. They will eventually tarnish upon exposure to air, but can always be polished back to their original beauty if required. Further details can be found at



Jan 18, 2017 2:45:00 PM
Posted by Roma Stapleton

Micro Underwater Light 2w 3000K St.St.  24v DC 200Lm

Micro Underwater Light 2w 3000K St.St.  24v DC 200Lm.A lovely, inconspicuous luminaire, ideal for illuminating small trees and garden features, or for use as an underwater spotlight in fountains and waterfalls.

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Sep 9, 2016 2:38:37 PM
Posted by Roma Stapleton

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