Light Visual Finishes
Light Visual's standard range of products consist of the following high quality materials:
- Anodised aluminium
- Solid brass
- Solid copper
- 316L stainless steel
Natural Copper is widely recognised as one of the main choices of material for use in the construction of outdoor lighting fixtures. This is due to its high corrosion resistance properties, and its unique ability to blend with the ambient surroundings. Natural copper has a warm traditional finish to it, and each fixture will patina differently during oxidisation from within a few days of exterior installation. The nature of oxidisation ranges from mottled brown to gradual overall darkening through to an eventual verdigris, which can take several years to fully achieve.
Reversing the weathered look of copper or brass is a simple process which requires polishing the material with an abrasive like wire wool. Be sure to avoid sensitive areas like the glass lens.
Natural Brass is a harder material than copper, so it is suitable for areas which require higher mechanical strength than copper. The construction of brass is a combination of copper and zinc. Brass also oxidises at a slower rate than natural copper and is an ideal solution for decorative lighting products.
316L Stainless Steel is a high quality marine grade of stainless steel which is resistant to many harsh chemicals including chlorine and salt water environments. 316L stainless steel is commonly used in light fixtures for its modern contemporary looks and is specified for lighting products on boats, yachts, swimming pools areas and general coastal regions. Even though 316L has a very high resistance to corrosion, some tea staining can occur on the surface, so will require light cleaning from time to time.
Black anodising of aluminium is an electrolytic passivation process and is used to add a very thin layer of oxide to the surface, this process increases the corrosion resistance of the aluminium. Due to the nature of different grades of aluminium, various soil types and the suns natural UV rays, some fixture finishes especially black can have a lower saturation level over time. This potential colour fading has no structural effect on the base aluminium.