Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2016

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26 LC DBM Four years ago Jerry McKay, the owner of McKay Landscape Lighting, decided to share his two decades of experience in the industry with those interested in learning from him and each other. So he organized a gathering of lighting professionals to ex- change information, ask questions, net- work and learn all the latest news in a non- competitive environment. Jerry felt that too many industry semi - nars were manufacturer-centric. He wanted to create an event that would cater more to the issue of how to build a landscape light- ing business and tackle the unique challenges facing that specific industry. Twelve people attended the first Lighting Summit and since then, information about the event has been spreading by word of mouth. There are some discussions about design and installation techniques but the focus tends to be on subjects like managing a sales force, adding support staff, organizing a shop and a trailer, network with architects, designers, photographers and the like. McK- ay has also brought in a certified professional coach, SEO expert and web designer. "The Lighting Summit provides a fantas- tic platform to learn and interact with other like-minded professionals. The option for one-on-one consulting is another level to improve your business by providing a fresh perspective helping make improvements," sums up McKay. On January 18-19, 2017 the Lighting Sum- mit will provide attendees with first-hand knowledge and experience, as well as the op - portunity to network and establish positive business relationships. modern wiring and hardware. Updating this old mansion made it possible for Coleman to specify low voltage LED technology for the en- tire installation. Unlike traditional systems that convert most of their operating energy into heat LED light sources convert as much as 80 percent of oper- ating energy into usable light allowing the end user to better focus it. Upping the Curb Appeal One of the most important design areas on this project was the main facade. Brick and mortar structures are by nature dark. Lighting for this project had to be strategically placed to illuminate key areas to provide a warm and wel- coming approach. Miniature path lights and circular surface- mount lights called cascades illuminate a walk- way and curved set of steps that come off the circular driveway, as well as a walkway from the secondary entrance leading to the garage, and a sunken area around a statue. The glow from the fixtures provides enough light to safely navigate the landscape while not flooding the area with obtrusive and unnecessary light. Copper spots up light the facade and trees, while Cambria 203s are mounted in large trees for down lighting. These fixtures cast the right amount of light onto dark areas that would oth- erwise remain in the shadows after sunset. Tree-mount brackets secured the fixtures to the trees and zip ties and stainless steel screws were used to fasten the wires to their trunks. One transformer was installed on the home to provide power to the front of the property. An Inviting Backyard The rear of this historic landscape is the sec- ond area that needed to be updated. It posed bigger challenges for the install team than the front of the home, requiring an additional week of work. Miniature path lights illuminate the walkways throughout the area. Down lights installed on trees accent the patio, statuary, and steps leading up to a fountain that retained its internal lights. Cascades are mounted onto planter walls to provide more illumination. Copper spots up- light trees, sculptures and individual planters. Another transformer was installed in the garage for all of the lighting in the backyard and patio areas. The team taking on this delicate project in - cluded a lead technician and one assistant. All aspects were handled in-house. A third installa- tion phase – two gate entrances – began recently. Coleman admits that even though there were some challenges, they were able to save a lot of time and effort because some of the existing conduit was intact and usable. "With an older property, you don't know what's under the earth or behind the walls until you start working," he says. Left: Existing conduit found beneath walkways and walls aided the installation considerably. Before the new wires could be pulled, old wire from a 120-volt lighting system had to be removed. One transformer was mounted on the house for the lights in the front and another was installed in the garage for the lights in the back. Bottom, Left: Down lights installed in the two magnolia trees accent the steps. Existing lighting in the fountain was left untouched. Growing Through Give-and-Take

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