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Decking Lights and Walk Over Ground Lighting
Used to illuminate paths, drives or timber decking these lights and are called demarcation lights. Deck and ground lights allow you to determine where one area ends and another begins. Available in various sizes and finishes to suit your needs. Scroll to the bottom of this page for advice and information on demarcation lighting. If you require further information call our sales team on 01780 767617.
Demarcation lighting - how and where to use
Demarcation lighting is used around paths, drives, jetties and timber decked areas to highlight where one area finishes and another begins.
Basic design principles – all areas
Wherever possible avoid creating glare particularly near the edge of decking or around stairs and steps. If there is not much ambient light in your garden and you position a buried uplight shining straight up near or on a pedestrians route you will cause glare. The intensity of the buried uplight can be 500x brighter than moonlight or low ambient lighting. In bright light the eyes iris contracts to restrict the light entering the eye and in the above scenario may find yourself or your guests disabled by the bright light which can result in loss of balance at worst or discomfort at best.
If your garden does not have high levels of ambient light from street lamps or your own general lighting you may wish to highlight the path to avoid inadvertently treading in flowerbeds or borders. This lighting can be very valuable not only to ease navigation but also provides a some life to dark areas at night.
On a timber deck you do not want guests to trip or fall and a low level light provides assistance to avoid tripping as well as providing soft and subdued lighting that gives a pleasant effect. Colours that work well include white light, amber or yellow and red. In some locations blue LEDs do look effective but beware as blue light can seem more intense to the eyes at night.
If you have a curved or sweeping drive, or if you regularly have to reverse in or out of your drive, you may wish to mark the edge of the drive with buried lighting either in the drive or in the lawn. This lets you and your guests see the driveway and avoid driving on lawn areas.
Piers and jetties
On jetties low level, glare free lighting is imperative to negotiate around hazards that would cause injury or endanger life. Marine use require fittings with resistance to corrosion and high ingress protection.