Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

APR 2017

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32 LC DBM Works Well With Others >> According to Crowley, the biggest challenge for lighting this property was that the historic home was under renovation, and he had to work around several crews doing different tasks on the property, including the crew that installed this marble paver path in grass along one side of the house. Normally, Crowley would have used above ground spotlights to light these hedges – "I don't like people to see the LED," he explained – but due to the size and layout of the space, the lights would have been practically in the walkway. To prevent tripping, he used in-ground well lights. The timing of this installation had to be coordinated with the paver installer. "The pavers were evenly divided, so I told the hardscape crew to let me put the lights where I want, and you put your pavers around it," Crowley said. "I wanted the hedge to have a perfect, even look, and that's what ended up happening." By working with the hardscapes team, both the lighting and the marble installations met the homeowner's expectations. Left The extensions used for the lights were custom made by the manufacturer to meet Crowley's specifications. "They will make an extension in any size," he said. He used 5' long lead wires for the extensions – usually the wires are only 3' long, but when using a 30" extension, the extra length is necessary. Also, he notes, the extensions are the same color as the fixture, giving a clean look. Below In addition to the massive trees, Crowley was also tasked with illuminating the hedges that surround the property. For these, he used an assortment of 4.5 and 5.5-watt in- ground fixtures from the same manufacturer. "One tree sits in the middle of the main motor court, literally in the center of the driveway," said Crowley. "I had to make it look beautiful from all angles." Fourteen fixtures placed around the tree on 30-inch extensions did the trick. Each light is 13.5 watts and 725 lumens. "In Florida, many trees have a level of lower foliage around them," he explained. "I take a measuring tape and measure how high the foliage is, and have the ex - tension made." If the foliage around the tree is 25 inches high, Crowley recommends getting an extension between 23 and 25 inches tall. The fixture will stick out slightly above the hedge, but the foliage won't grow over it or obscure the lighting over time. Pullback A common mistake Crowley sees with the use of ex- tensions is the unintentional creation of hot spots on tree trunks. This comes about when the light is too close to the tree, and is solved with a little pullback. "For the banyan trees, the lights are a good eight feet out from the trunk – that's why you have this whole big canopy so well lit," said Crowley.

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