Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

APR 2017

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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28 LC DBM Sestak says he is always looking for new ways to showcase emerging tech- nologies. But he cautions that learning to program a controller for the first time can be challenging. Factory support was available by phone to help. And an onsite visit by the manufacturer's regional sales manager assisted with final programming. Above For the four European fan palms, four ZDC uplights were installed. Three LED uplights highlight the queen palms behind the fan palms. The rest of the fixtures along the backyard perimeter did not require color, so only ZD LED chips were installed. However, the fixtures are easily upgradable to color capability if the homeowner later decides to add more color to the landscape. The redwoods and crepe myrtles in the background are also illuminated with uplights, each containing either six or nine LEDs, depending on the height of each tree. The ground level shrubs are illuminated with wash lights, each with a lower intensity (e.g., three LEDs). Left An uplight with six LEDs illuminates this pine tree. Because the client wanted Sestak to concentrate mostly on upgrading the backyard, a total of 32 fixtures were installed in the rear of the property, as opposed to only 14 in the front yard. Sestak is a C-10 electrical contractor who has owned his business since 2000. Of the controller, he says, there are additional components that permit a contractor to give the homeowner or end user a unified lighting system. It's now possible to use one controller to "talk" to virtually any lighting fixture on the property.

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