With the vast majority of material price’s increasing, we look at how to be smart with your choices and the installation of your garden lights.
Sharp increases in copper and 316 stainless steel prices, it is always worth revisiting alternatives and how to use them to help keep cost to a manageable level. Copper is often the first choice for many when choosing garden lighting, especially in more traditional settings. However, it should be noted that copper eventually goes a dark brown colour within a few months, therefore powder coated finishes such as rustic brown (architectural bronze) are a good alternative as is antique brass, both are less expensive but with similar finish’s. We often use a mixture of copper and powered coated bronze aluminium garden lights, especially where some lights are set within heavily planted beds and are well camouflaged. Where the light will be highly visible, such as path ways or seating areas, then using copper is a good idea to get the look the client is after.
For 316 stainless steel there is no alternative if your lighting up properties in costal areas, as the protection offered is second to none. However in less harsh environments then lower grade stainless steel lights can be considered. Again it is worth considering mixing up the finishes in areas where the lights are well hidden, as the finish is less important and clients appreciate the suggestion to help them keep within budget. It is also worth noting that in heavily planted beds stainless steel can often be visible and distract from the planting and trees.
The other question that is often asked, is what’s the difference in longevity for each material. We always say if the outdoor light has been properly installed and looked after the difference in how long it last’s is minimal.
If you have any questions or would like any advice please feel free to contact us.