Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2016

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Above: The owner of this estate in La Jolla, Calif., regularly imports new plants from around the world. He needed the right lighting to properly showcase his ever- changing landscape: that's where Mike Geier of LightScape Designs, San Diego, Calif., came in. Overall, more than 300 landscape lighting fixtures were installed across the multi-acre property. Some of the planters have spotlights installed on telescoping risers (right) that can be adjusted for plant growth or seasonal plantings. The pergola is lit with ten mini LEDs used as downlights. Installing the lighting at a four acre estate in La Jolla, Calif., is no easy feat on its own. Add in a flair for dramatic lighting and an ever-changing plant palette, and the task becomes daunting. The lighting was originally put in place about 15 years ago, but Mike Geier of LightScape Designs came to the project five years after the initial instal- lation. Within the first three weeks of work, a crew of five updated the aging, deteriorating fixtures to give new life to the lights and the landscape. They installed over 300 LED fixtures, including well lights installed in the lawn, first generation bollards along pathways, tree mounted downlights, high-powered spotlights, and more. Changing Things Up It could be said that the only constant on this property is change. The homeowner is a plant afi - cionado, who is very involved in the landscaping. He regularly imports different plants from around the world to be showcased. Of course, when new plants are brought in, oth- ers must be removed or relocated to make room for them. Anytime this happens, the lighting has to change. To make room for all those plants, the homeowner recently expanded, adding a full acre to the property. With more land, the lighting had to be redesigned and moved. To accommodate the constant changes, the Light- Scape team comes in a few days a year to make ad- justments and maintain the fixtures. In fact, the big- gest challenge on the property, says Geier, is the fact that it's constantly evolving, and because of that, it will never be finished. Focal Points At the front of the home, ten Meridian wall lights highlight the stairs and walls around the entrance. Ten integrated LED spotlights bring out the smaller ferns and robellini palm trees in planters and the driveway. Fifty telescoping risers are attached to spotlights in planters around the property, which can be adjusted to accommodate plant growth and seasonal plantings. The backyard pergola is illumi - Progress By Alli Rael, LC/DBM 32 LC DBM A Work in

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