Lights..Camera..and all the behind-the-scenes Block action
Wow what a final week that was! The claws really came out with this week with all our couples clashing with their competitors – and each other.
Hardly surprising after two full months of backbreaking work, unrelenting deadlines and many, many sleepness nights. Luckily, amidst the tears and tantrums, this week also saw our Blockheads triumph.
DALE & SOPHIE
What a fantastic win it was for the Block’s golden couple. Sophie & Dale once again charmed the judges with their quirky style, creating an exterior space full of fun and personality. Or as real estate guru John McGrath noted, a veritable “Alice-in Wonderland”. As a landscaper, Dale was obviously very aware of how much value well placed lighting can add to any exterior. LED 14W Round Downlights in White installed on the eaves were the perfect choice to provide discrete task lighting, great for entertaining in the evening. 12V In-Ground Spots around the edge of the decking not only look fantastic, they also add an important element of safety to a raised deck.
The use of Sentinel 12V Spike Spots to highlight plants is inspired, as the shadows it creates at night give the space a feeling of enchantment. Once again, lighting as art was featured with the addition of their very funky light box feature. And finally, leading you in this oasis was a Sentinel 2 Light Wall Bracket mounted next to the front door – great for security.
MIKE & ANDREW
Coming in a close second, the brothers’ garden blew us away with its luxurious Mediterranean resort feel.
Moving away from traditional decking, crazy pave was the order of the day and WOW – did it look impressive! The concept of outdoor entertaining is constantly evolving and these days it seems, almost anything goes. The ambience of light plays an integral part in any entertaining space. Our CNC Round Low Voltage Aluminum Downlights were installed in the eaves, while our Lightscape Spike Spots in black (both available in store at Beacon) were cleverly placed in the garden beds, creating a magical shadow effect at night.
The boys also used copper spotlights on the walls of the garden beds. Our Harbour spike spots in their front garden are a great example of this industrial-chic trend. Check out our Harbour range for more ideas on how to work this style.
BRAD & LARA
With the biggest garden on the block, Brad and Lara created an entertaining space that’s bound to become party central. With the pizza oven and in-built esky on board, this is obviously a space that’s going to come alive at night. Our LED CNC Aluminium square downlights are terrific for lighting an exterior area while adding to the party feel.
Using the Sentinel Spike Spotlights to highlight favourite plants and features creates a feeling of drama and depth. And Sentinel Path Lights and Sentinel Wall Bracket at the front of the house ensures everyone gets to and from the party safely!
DANI & DAN
Chumps of the final week they may well be, but Dan and Dani still managed to impress with their functional courtyard. In praise of what was described as an urban oasis with privacy screens and maple trees, our LEDlux Eos 5 Light Colour Changing Decklights will certainly bring this small space alive. Coloured LED’s are a huge trend for exterior lighting. Energy efficient and extremely durable, our LED range of exterior lights adds a totally new dimension of colour and warmth to your space. Ramp up the cool factor by choosing our colour changing globes that can be remotely controlled to strobe or flash.
Once again, security was taken care of with our Sentinel Adjustable Wall Spot in Stainless Steel at the entrance. Check out our Outdoor Lighting Tips for more great ideas.