Modern Landscaping Lights Revitalize California Home

One of the best ways to make your home look its best is to utilize estate-quality architectural and landscape lighting to enhance and highlight features throughout the property. That is exactly the approach taken by the owners of the Nicholas Home in Encinitas, California. The challenges presented by the property were vast, which is why the lighting designer chose Auroralight Inc., a trusted landscape lighting company with almost 3 decades of experience. The results are featured in Houzz in a stunning gallery of photos that show how the right lighting can bring your home to life in new and exciting ways. 

In-Grade Lighting Reimagined

The greatest challenge presented by the Nicholas Home was the sheer size of the property. The home itself is approximately 12,000 square feet and is situated on about 2 acres of land. In addition, the lighting designer had to take into account the architectural features of the facade of the home. The predominant materials used are stunning stones, but they create an uneven surface that is difficult to light thoroughly without creating an imbalance. There are also quite a few water features around the property. Walkways cross over the water, and there is a large pool surrounded by trees and other landscaping. Finally, there is an open-air courtyard that needed to be lit in a way to make it functional at night without taking away from the beauty of the natural environment. 


With all of these factors in mind, the lighting designer chose to take full advantage of Auroralight’s vast selection of in-grade lighting. In-grade lighting has many benefits, but its most desirable feature is its subtlety. Auroralight’s products can be sunk easily into the ground or concrete so that they don’t disrupt the sight lines of a landscape and provide targeted lighting in the tightest areas. They are also highly customizable, with a variety of sizes and trim options. The uplighting created by the lights in this particular design brings out the beauty of the natural elements around the home as well as the strong facade. The sleek contours of each light fixture also create an effect that is simultaneously gentle and intentional. The results play out particularly well near the water features throughout the property where you can see the lights highlight the various paths’ gentle curves and the trees interspersed throughout. 

To summarize what it’s like to work products from a renowned landscape lighting company, the lighting designer simply said Auroralight provides, “quality, performance, appearance.” Undoubtedly our experience and engineering speak for themselves in the results at the Nicholas Home. 

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To achieve these results in your next architectural or landscape lighting project, contact us for information about products, customizations, and quotes. 

Auroralight Illuminates History in the Shakespeare Garden

Historic landmarks and places face a unique struggle when it comes to landscape lighting design. There has to be a balance between the aesthetics of the area and the intelligent use of modern lighting solutions. That was the challenge facing Chicago lighting designer Peter Hugh when he was chosen to head a project at the Shakespeare Garden. The Shakespeare Garden is a unique space on the National Register for Historic Places that is on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. The playful English garden was planted by and has been carefully tended by The Garden Club of Evanston since 1915. But in 2016 when the club was gifted funds by the university for an upgrade, they faced the unique challenge of lighting it for the first time ever. Peter Hugh knew he had to maintain the integrity of the over 100-year-old garden and its history with exceptional and thoughtful path lighting and in grade lighting. That is why he turned to Auroralight, Inc., a leading landscape lighting company since 1996. The stunning results were featured in CAD Details. 

In Grade Lighting and Path Lighting Made to Last

Once Peter Hugh had selected Auroralight’s fixtures, he knew he had to prove their value. His ingenious solution was to have samples brought in to show the stakeholders involved. “We let the staff at Northwestern hold the fixtures in their hands so they could appreciate the quality in workmanship and the beauty found in the use of solid copper and brass.” Auroralight has always been committed to using high-quality materials not only because they produce visually appealing results but also because they are long-lasting and sustainable. As Hugh puts it, “Real value is seen in longevity, better performance, and less maintenance over time vs. the lowest upfront cost.”

The next problem was figuring out how to add light to the garden that was unobtrusive but effective enough to make the garden accessible at night for the first time ever. As a result, the right path lighting became an important consideration. The choice of fixture was obvious: the LMG1-90s Maglio. It is sleek, powerful, flexible, and uses high-performance LEDs. It is also highly customizable, so it can be used in a variety of spaces for consistency without compromising on size, beam spread, dimming, and more. An additional consideration would be future lighting additions or updates, and the LMG1-90s Maglio can be complemented by other path lighting products that are part of the overall Maglio product family, which is ideal for maintaining the integrity of the initial design. 

After the problem of path lighting was solved, there had to be appropriate lighting for the focal points in the garden. There are two features that needed to be distinctly highlighted, a fountain and a sundial. Peter Hugh chose from Auroralight’s lineup of in grade lighting to cast a strong light without disrupting the architectural features of the focal points. He ultimately decided to use the LMWL Micro Well. Although it is a small fixture dimensionally, it casts strong illumination with a smaller diameter. It is easy to direct, which made it ideal for strategically highlighting the facades of the fountain and sundial. 

Peter Hugh knew he wanted this lighting project to create “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and Auroralight helped that dream come true. As he states, “Using Auroralight was an easy choice for me. We have peace of mind knowing that if something goes wrong, we are working with a company that will take care of it and that means a lot to us.” The Shakespeare Garden’s new illumination will see it inspire future visitors for many more years to come. 

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If you’re looking for a landscape lighting company backed by integrity and craftsmanship, then you can contact Auroralight Inc. for questions and quotes for your upcoming landscape lighting or architectural lighting project.