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la15ota 07-14-2008 12:52 PM

Landscape Lighting
 
I see that lots of us are working on our patios.
Are any of you also planning to add some exterior low voltage lighting?

We're putting the finishing touches on our pergola and then moving on to installing our paver patio.
http://la15ota.smugmug.com/photos/326054750_FQaRD-S.jpg
Now we're thinking of adding little lighting on it and in the yard, so that we can extend its use into the evening.

My idea is to put a light in each of the posts, pointing down and into the patio area.
There will be a seated retaining wall running along the fence and I was thinking of adding a few lights in there, too.

Anyone have any experiences or suggestions.
Thanks

cbosleeds 07-17-2008 06:15 AM

solar powered lighting
 
The best I could come up with is these: http://www.gigabiz.co.uk/solar_wind_...reet_lamp.html

I wonder if you can get these things on a scale suitable for gardens - they would be fantastic!

la15ota 07-17-2008 11:43 AM

Thanks but that's not what I was looking for.

Yoyizit 07-17-2008 12:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by la15ota (Post 139086)
Are any of you also planning to add some exterior low voltage lighting?

If the low voltage set comes with 10 bulbs and you don't use all 10, the bulbs that you do use will be subjected to a higher-than-normal voltage due the transformer being poorly regulated.
E.g., it may put out 12v at full load and 15v at no load.
Incandescent lamp life is very sensitive to applied voltage, brightness less so.

To fix, you can use a low ohm value hi wattage resistor in series with the string of paralleled bulbs.

10' of #30 wire wrap wire doubles as a one ohm resistor and an 8 amp fuse, and you can adjust the length for the desired voltage. Being fragile and solid [not stranded] this wire needs to be wound around something. I think its insulation is good to 100v.

In any case, there is no electrocution danger below ~48v.

la15ota 07-22-2008 12:06 AM

Complete Pergola
 
Well...this past weekend we finished the pergola. I've added pics to the Project Showcase page.

la15ota 07-23-2008 01:38 PM

These are the type of lights i plan to use to light up my retaining wall.
http://www.integral-lighting.com/
http://www.vistapro.com/Product.aspx...tID=1&typeID=5
I'm still undecided on lighting the pergola.

LEDpavers 07-01-2009 05:56 PM

Ever thought of using solar paver or accent lighting?

www.solarcynergy.com makes some nice, although quite pricey landscape light.

Yoyizit 07-01-2009 07:56 PM

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Originally Posted by LEDpavers (Post 295869)
Ever thought of using solar paver or accent lighting?

www.solarcynergy.com makes some nice, although quite pricey landscape light.

1w of LED light for 12 hours is 12 w-h so the solar cells would need to pick up ~20 w-h during 4 hrs of daylight.
The solar panels for each bulb would need to be 1/2 sq. ft., and bigger if you want the night lights to work after several cloudy days.

LEDpavers 07-01-2009 08:13 PM

I definitely agree, but I think you'd be surprised by their technological efficiency. By now means are those units meant to light up a pathway, but not a bad choice for adding color without a messy install.

the fixtures still charge during cloudy days and should reach full charge after about 4-5 hours of sunlight.

biggles 07-03-2009 08:18 PM

check these guys out for lighting options http://www.backyardamerica.com/lighting.htm

Scuba_Dave 07-03-2009 09:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LEDpavers (Post 295869)
Ever thought of using solar paver or accent lighting?

makes some nice, although quite pricey landscape light.

I think after a year the person has already decided
Or are you just trying to advertise your site?

Yoyizit 07-03-2009 09:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 296898)
I think after a year the person has already decided
Or are you just trying to advertise your site?

You don't miss much! :laughing:

LEDpavers 07-05-2009 05:53 PM

haha can't get anything by you guys :laughing:

however, i'm more trying to educate than simply self promote lol.

happy 4th weekend everyone!

Scuba_Dave 07-05-2009 09:09 PM

LED education - they are still expensive & a lot of them do not last as promised

Class over

TooledUp 07-08-2009 05:47 PM

What about fake retaining wall lighting?? I dont know how else to explain it, but we have fake pavers in our wall that are actually lights. They look the same as the other parts of the wall, but there is an access panel for the bulb. They are pretty slick and you cant even tell they are there!!


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