Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2016

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22 LC DBM basic electrical tools, no major equipment was used in the installation. All of the wiring was trenched and buried by hand, and the workers were able to take advantage of the existing conduit from the previous installation to wire the new system together. "During the process we worked with Barry and Jennifer Doust of Smart Homes to tie-in our work with the home automation system," Bogdanovich said. "This required a significant amount of planning between both companies to ensure transformers and power units were installed in the optimum locations." DBM LC steel screws and zip ties. The zip ties were left loose, also to allow for growth of the trees. The lighting system is controlled entirely with Z-wave switches in the house, so the lights can be turned on and off with a smart phone or tablet. "We had installed the paver driveway the previous year, and lighting was already being discussed, so we placed sleeves under the driveway in anticipation of the lighting project," Sykes said. "This alleviated one major issue." It took three full days to complete the job. Six people worked on the project for the first two days, and three workers finished the job on the third day. Aiming of the lights took an additional five hours. Left: Blue Atlas cedar trees are uplit with two MR-16 bullets near the trunk. There is an additional MR-16 off to the side. There are also three well lights in the lawn to wash the outer edge of the trees with light. The blue hew of the cedars is enhanced with a 3000 K light. Middle: A Kousa dogwood tree has three MR-11 uplights. These lights have marine-grade, o-ring connections, with no wire nuts or heat shrunk crimp connections. Also, they can change to 15-, 30- or 55-degree beam spreads because they have three different optics. Right: This shot is the same as the previous photo, only from the opposite end of the driveway. The blue Atlas cedar (left) is uplit with a ground- mounted MR-11, and downlit with an identical tree-mounted fixture. Left: The large trees were lit with a triangle of PAR 36 well lights. Thick foliage trees were lit with 12-watt lamps, while the flagpole and pine trees are lighted with 9-watt lamps. Tree lights down-light the driveway and are mainly 5-watt lamps with 30 and 60-degree beam spreads to create a moonlighting effect. Middle: Wall washers highlight the hillside behind the stone wall, while MR-16 bullets highlight the pepper trees. Right: Most of the trees pictured here are illuminated with PAR 36 well lights, with wattages ranging from 6 to 12 watts. A significant amount of tree lights downlight the seating areas and steps, mainly 5-watt MR-16 lamps. (Continued from page 20) (Continued from page 21) Pennsylvania Paradise California Gleaming

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