Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2017

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November 2017 23 Top Anthony Bogdanovich, owner of Imagine Lighting, explained that the underwater lighting (from Unique Lighting) was installed while the ponds were under construction. "We made sure when we were putting them in that we'd be able to maintain the lights, if we needed to pull them out to change a lamp or for any other reason," he said. "We used drop-in LEDs on the pond lights to make sure that we have an access." He added, "The trick is using fixtures that are properly fitted with gaskets that actually do their job. We take the additional step of adding a small bead of silicone between the retaining ring and fixture body before submerging." The Imagine Lighting team worked with the landscaper and pond contractor to guarantee the installation of the wiring was coordinated with their efforts. "We needed to make sure that the transformers we used in these areas were rated for wet locations," Bogdanovich said. "And that we followed all the guidelines from the manufacturer as well." Above There are four ponds on the property as well as several other water features. With the lighting, Bogdanovich aimed to cre- ate a shimmering effect and movement across the backyard. "It's gleaming with life," he said. nighttime visits to the property to figure out the best way to light it." During the planning process, he ad - vises knowing what you're trying to ac- complish with the lighting. Having that information can help you decide what kind of fixtures you want in a certain area, as well as how many are needed. The intensity of the LED makes a difference as well. "If we're going through a whole lot of greenery, we're going to be using something hotter," said Bogdanovich. "At the same time, we're using a lot of risers." He recommends using risers to keep the light above plant level and avoid hot spots. "We use different color temperatures too, depending on what we're trying to light," he said. "On this property it's mainly 2700 Kelvins, but we have a few 3000 Kelvin lights in the ponds." "If you really want to do a good job, you can't rush it," he cautioned. "Make sure that you put together a thorough plan at the very beginning, and take your time to do so." The Future Plan This homeowner regularly updates her landscape. Know- ing that ahead of time, Bogdanovich was able to prepare for changes. "As things were added it was a little bit easier because we already had the bones and guts laid out," he said. "It was just

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