Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2017

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November 2017 29 >> One of the unique aspects of this residence is the colored lights in and around the pool area. But, although the homeowner requested McKay Landscape Lighting's help with that, they were unable to install the fixtures due to the electrical code. "It's a safety issue," explained A.J. Coleman. "The national electrical code states low-voltage wires cannot be within five feet of water's edge. Any electrical wires or fixtures that are within that range have to be bonded and grounded to the pool's electrical system." The McKay team tried their best to help with the design, but ultimately the pool contractor installed all of the colored lights and the lights within the water. "We did install some lights outside the boulders and around the slide, though," said Coleman. Contractors can get a copy of the National Electrical Code at www.nfpa.org/nec . Keeping it to Code Above Two Auroralight WL16 copper well lights are mounted on the fireplace. These, in addition to the downlights installed on the arbor and pergola, were wired so that they could be turned off when the fireplace is running and vice versa. Left The LEDs installed by the McKay team weren't the only light source for the backyard: a fireplace and fire bowls help il- luminate the space. However, the presence of fire did not impact the lights selected, according to Coleman. The fixtures are all far enough away from the flames that the integrity of the light is not compromised.

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