It may sound amazing to put forth such an effort to design and build a fixture only to try to make it blend into its environment or to make it disappear, but that is exactly what we are try to do with every installation. When we finish an installation, we want our customers to have to try to find where the lights are. This is accomplished by first using the smallest fixture possible, without compromising quality or light output. We use a solid cast brass material for all of our lights. This not only provides unparalleled strength, but it also is able to keep its finish better than anything else on the market. Using raw or yellow brass looks great after 6-12 months, it stands out too much after an installation. We give every fixture a permanent antique finish so that the fixture blends into the landscaping on day one.
I once went to a customer’s home that after my nighttime demonstration had decided to go with another company that had promised to accomplish the exact same look and for $500 less. The fixtures that they chose to install we aluminum fixtures that were the size of a football. After two years, all the powder coat, (paint) , had peeled off and theses giant fixtures stood out like a sore thumb. They then had to spend the extra money to replace every fixture.
The mortal of the story is that the fixture should be as discrete, and durable as possible so that you can notice the effect the lights give and not the fixtures.