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NightScapes 06-04-2006 08:30 PM

Landscape Lighting?
I just found this forum and would like to help anyone I can with questions regarding low voltage landscape lighting. I specialize in residential and commercial landscape and architectural lighting.

Swimmfst 06-13-2006 04:04 PM

appreciate any help from a pro
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Thanks for the offer ... I have attached a schematic of my house, which currently has no lighting (outside). I was hoping to put in some low-voltage lights along the front of the house, around the small (1 ft high) bushes and around the front porch ... I greatly appreciate any thoughts you may have after looking at the layout provided.

NightScapes 06-13-2006 08:51 PM

I would love to help you with your lighting project. Do you have some photos? The schematic doesn't have any details. I hope with some photos, I can get more of an idea of what your home and lawn look like.

Swimmfst 06-14-2006 06:31 AM

Thanks ... I will work on getting a couple digital pictures. You website looks awesome, by the way ... very impressive. Beautiful work.

NightScapes 06-14-2006 08:15 AM

Thank you very much. I look forward to working with you.

Swimmfst 06-15-2006 11:15 AM

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Sorry for the delay ... it took me a while to figure out how to work my wife's camera, and then to learn tricks to upload the pictures into the chatroom. Are these pictures sufficient to provide a pretty good idea of the layout?

Any assistance you can offer is greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

EDIT (PS ... after seeing the pictures, do I get credit for a pretty good schematic drawn in powerpoint?)

NightScapes 06-16-2006 07:29 PM

The photos help a little. Could you please take a picture from accross the street? This will give me a better idea of how your home and lawn look from a distance. Is there a lamp post in a flower bed where the driveway and walkway intersect? It would also help to have some photos of your planting beds.

Swimmfst 06-16-2006 07:47 PM

Thank you, sir ... I will work on the photos!

Best regards, and have a great weekend.

Swimmfst 06-17-2006 09:51 AM

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We do have a lamp at the end of our sidewalk. I have taken pictures from across the street (until I backed into neighbors house) and of the bushes and related areas.

Thanks a lot!

Swimmfst 06-17-2006 09:52 AM

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Last set of pictures

NightScapes 06-19-2006 08:38 PM

Your schematic is right on!!! Since I really don't have a 3 dimensional feel for what you have I will try to make some suggestions. The first thing I will say is that whatever you do, don't go buy your lighting at the home improvement store! The fixtures, lamps (light bulbs), wire and transformers that you would get there are VERY low quality and would make your lighting attempt look VERY low quality. I suggest that you go to your local irrigation supply house and buy professional quality equipment or hire a professional to do the job.
I would first install a dimmer on the post light. For the larger of the two trees, I would use 2 well lights with 20 watt MR16 lamps with 36 degree beam spreads. They should be placed on each side of the tree and a little to the front (road side). When purchasing these lamps, do not buy them at the home improvement store. Try to buy either Ushio lamps or GE constant color lamps. The smaller tree would use 1 well light with a 20 watt lamp. This lamp should have a 36 degree beam. I would place a path light at the front step area to bring attention to the step. This fixture should be tall enough to illuminate the steps. I do recommend Kichler landscape lighting and you can see their products at . I would use 6 spot lights across the front of your home, between the windows (Kichler 15384). These fixtures should be placed about 6" from the wall and be aimed almost straight up. I would use 20 watt lamps here with 24 degree beam spreads.
You would need a minimum of a 300 watt transformer for this project. I strongly suggest using the Kichler 15PR300SS or even upgrading to the next highest size, 15PR600SS. This upgrade would allow you to expand your lighting project in the future. You would probably need a photo control and a timer as well. These would allow the system to work automatically and you would not need to do anything to it except change the time twice a year when DST and standard time arrive.
This is just off of the top of my head and I would be happy to help in any way I can. You can drop me an email or give me a call and we can take this project and run with it.
I hope this has been helpful to you.

Swimmfst 06-20-2006 06:59 AM

Very helpful. A few questions:
(1) How do you put the well-lights in so that you don't run over them with the lawn-mower? (Sorry for the dumb question) Also, do you have a specific model number since the number of well-light types I have searched through is enormous?
(2) Do you mount the transformer inside? If so, I could drill a hole in the masonry from the outside ground to the basement and mount the transformer by a basement recepticle, then run wire through the hold and seal with silicone caulking?

This has been a great help. Can't wait to take a stab at this and get your feedback on a draft new look!

NightScapes 06-20-2006 11:36 AM

You can mount the transformer outside and that is what I would recommend. Be sure to plug into a GFCI receptacle with an in-use cover. The well light that I would use would be the Kichler 15190. This fixture can be submersed so all you have to do is dig a hole just big enough for the fixture to rest in, about 1" above finished grade. As long as you mow your grass at or above an inch and a half, you should be just fine. You can also weed eat around them if you prefer.
If you have any trouble acquiring the materials, let me know and I will see if I can have them shipped.

Swimmfst 06-20-2006 02:21 PM

Awesome ... thank you. Let me do some research on the materials in my locale and I'll let you know how it goes.

Again, thanks so much.

NightScapes 06-20-2006 05:53 PM

I'm glad to help. When you get ready to install this, let me know and I will try to talk you through the steps of wiring so you have a balanced look.

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