Coloured exterior lights can add a chic, new look
There are experts out there who are inspired by light. Not just the light coming from the sun, but the kind of light that makes your home a beautiful place to live in. Clint Gage is one of these people. He is the sales and marketing manager of Creative Lighting and he says colour charges everything he does.
“Every time I go to a home, it comes up — let’s get some colour in the garden, let’s get some fibre optics,” says Gage. “There’s a nice birch tree, let’s put some red on it. There’s a nice pool cabana, let’s put some blue on it. It’s come such a long way that now we’re not the moon ray guys. We have solid bronze — they cast it in sand and they’re bulletproof. The pricing is good.”
Gage’s work with Creative Lighting focuses on landscape and architecture. He is inspired by famous places in Toronto when he thinks of light and colour.
“Look at the CN Tower … what is wrong with a little colour? I was out in Burlington the other night and you’re seeing more and more buildings with purple and blue in them. I would like to see more of that in the residential. Different temperatures of white and colours do that. I would like to take it one step further, go with the blue, the red, the green.”
Some of the work he has done with condominiums includes the underground parking lots.
“It is obviously exterior,” says Gage. “(We) light trees. The landscape lighting, what I really love about it is creating effects and setting moods. There is a lot more technical into it. They use the same techniques. Every client is different. I love it when the client says here is the canvas and let me go with it.”
Michael Gladstone is the general manager of Royal Lighting.
When it comes to lighting, Gladstone says the rules for homes and condos are the same.
“When you get into houses, you need good exterior lighting so people do not trip and sue you. A well-lit house will not get robbed as often as a dimly lit house. People can see when they are walking up your porch. It also adds a beauty there to that, despite the functionality. It adds to the whole décor of the house. A lamp here, a lamp there.”
With condos, Gladstone mentions that 15 to 20 years ago there were not as many as there are now. The explosion of the condo market has created specialized lighting.
“What is available now is like mini-fixtures. There are fixtures specifically made for these smaller condos.”