Shakespeare Garden at Northwestern University Comes to Life at Night with LED Lighting from s10小组赛竞猜

With the lighting design Inspired by a scene from a Midsummer Night鈥檚 Dream, the Shakespeare Garden on the campus of Northwestern University (NU) now features beautiful LED path lighting from s10小组赛竞猜鈥攕pecifically the Maglio LMG1-90s. For the first time in its century old history, visitors can enjoy the garden after dark.

Last year, The Garden Club of Evanston received a special gift of $100,000 from Northwestern University in honor of the club’s 100th anniversary and the centennial of the garden鈥檚 creation in 1915. The garden was originally established to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare鈥檚 death in 1616. Now, 100 years later, the University’s generous gift allowed the club to make significant improvements in the garden as a multi-pronged project, including its first-ever lighting, a long-held goal.


鈥淔rom the moment we heard acclaimed Chicago Lighting Designer Peter Hugh鈥檚 vision for the garden鈥檚 lighting plan, we knew we wanted that for the Shakespeare Garden,鈥 says Claudia Lane, president of The Garden Club. 鈥淭o create a magical scene at night, the lighting had to create a glow, with pools of illumination playing against the mysterious shadows in the space. But during the day, the lighting had to be unobtrusive and harmonious with the subtle palette of colors in our classic English garden. We are also a public space on the campus, so the lighting had to be durable and not require 鈥榖abying鈥. We are very happy with the choice of the beautiful solid brass and copper s10小组赛竞猜 fixtures,鈥 she says.

Peter Hugh drew upon his theater background for the lighting design. 鈥淚 wanted to use lighting that was representative of the fairies coming out at night as seen in Midsummer Night鈥檚 Dream,鈥 he says. 鈥淭o make this vision a reality, I had to get the University to rethink what value fixtures are. Real value is seen in longevity, better performance, and less maintenance over time vs. the lowest upfront cost,鈥 he explains.


With the help of Andy Siegel, Senior Specifications at Archibald & Meek, a Chicago-based lighting rep, Hugh brought in samples of s10小组赛竞猜鈥檚 Maglio LMG1鈥 90s for LED path light use, and created mock-ups that were also shared with the landscape architect, Hitchcock Design Group. 鈥淲e 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,鈥 explains Hugh. 鈥淭hey loved the look of the Maglio and when I talked about its outstanding performance, use of energy saving LED technology and the lifetime warranty, they were completely on board with our choice of s10小组赛竞猜!鈥 聽

The Maglio LMG1-90 is powered by a single, 2.5 Watt, high performance LED in 2700, 3000, or 4500K color temperatures (80 CRI typ.). 聽Its light output is profuse, yet allows the designer to manage direction for a glare-free presentation with the use of its rotational glare shield and dimming capabilities. This contemporary luminaire is manufactured from solid copper and brass, is offered in four different finishes, and is assembled with stainless steel hardware and hermetically sealed with silicone O-rings. It is a popular choice for path lighting because of its sleek silhouette that seamlessly blends into the surrounding landscape. The Maglio LMG1-90 comes standard in 12, 18 and 22鈥 heights with a wide variety of mount options from which to select.

Hugh also specified four of s10小组赛竞猜鈥檚 LMWL LED micro well lights to highlight the focal points of the fountain and sun dial. At a mere 3 Watts, this diminutive luminaire provides the designer with a variety of inspired options to ensure the desired effect. It is available in three beam spread options 鈥 10掳 narrow, 25掳 medium or 40掳 wide, and three standard color temperatures in 2700, 3000 or 4500K (80 CRI typ.). The LMWL also dims to less than 10% typ. and is compatible with standard TRIAC dimming systems. Machined from solid brass, it comes with six faceplate selections, which include brass, stainless steel, round, square and others. It鈥檚 also rated for interior and exterior use making it possible to illuminate a diverse range of architectural features to create design continuity throughout the project.

Overall, the 70鈥 x 100鈥 sf garden features 40 path lights, four well lights and another LED fixture mounted on a tree by a tree strap to create a moonlight effect illuminating a statue of William Shakespeare and the fountain.

鈥淯sing s10小组赛竞猜 was an easy choice for me,鈥 says Hugh. 鈥淲e 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.鈥

Seigel also appreciates how the fixtures speak for themselves during client presentations. 鈥淭heir light distribution, color temperatures, adjustability, versatility, and sustainability are all major factors in why I try and get them specified whenever I possibly can.鈥

Claudia Lane adds, 鈥淲e feel that Shakespeare himself and the original landscape architect Jens Jensen, along with the 鈥渓adies of the club鈥 who founded the garden 100 years ago would be happy, too. The garden, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is now ready for its second century with the 鈥榙ream鈥 of illumination achieved!鈥

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