Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

APR 2017

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38 LC DBM A Festive Feel Right Though not an unusual feature, the terrace of this 1920s home in Raleigh, North Carolina, takes center stage for entertaining, and the residence owners wanted the illumination to be high-spirited. So Southern Lights of Raleigh in- stalled customized festoon lighting to help create the proper mood. Supported with stainless steel aircraft cable, the lighting has turnbuckles that allow tensioning to adjust each of the 5 strands. Hooks and disconnects allow setup and removal in under 15 minutes. The 7-watt G12C Pro Grade incandescent candelabra-based globe lights are spaced 18" on-center on pro-grade 16-gauge Lightstrings. LED bulbs were available, but incandescent bulbs were selected because their richness provides a more celebratory appearance. The entire project encompassed the front and back areas and included 150 fixtures. In this photo, the porch column is downlit with a white 15093WHT Kichler accent fixture and the foun- tain wall was uplit with 6 SL570 Southern Lights brass bullet lights, both with Brilliance MR16 5W 60-degree 2700 K drop-in LEDs. The system was designed by company owner John Garner, ASLA. Attractive Architectural Attribute Left On the Newport Coast in Southern California, Jon's Masonry & Landscape, Inc. installed all the hardscape, softscape, pool & lights on this brand new house. Company owner Jon Kidder reports that everything was dirt when they started. The entire project required 96 all-brass LED fixtures with 2700 Kelvin color temperature. For the arched entryway, eight in-ground uplights, 4 inches in diameter, were installed. They have cast brass grills, 3-watt LED lamps and were mounted flush in the travertine paver deck. The exterior wall is illuminat- ed with 4-inch well lights with 2.5 watt LEDs. Lighting Innovations Inc. supplied the fixtures onsite ready to install. Owner Jim Homan is a lighting designer that con- sulted on this project, though he gives Kidder total credit for the look of the arched entryway. Something Homan seeks to do is to empower the homeowner, who is likely exasperated at this point in the project due to its length, by returning at night to make small adjustments to the lighting at their re- quest – giving homeowners control of the final look of their landscape at night. "Moving a light half an inch or tilting a light 10 to 15 degrees can make a tremendous difference in the appearance and performance of light," he says. "There are rights and wrongs in lighting but there is also personal preference - and that's a huge variable."

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