Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

APR 2018

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Above The Scoop style is one of two LED bollards that WAC Landscape Lighting introduced in 2017. It is designed to illuminate and accent landscapes, walk- ways, courtyards, pool and park- ing areas, and improve security with increased visibility. The fix- ture is factory sealed watertight, IP66 rated (protected against powerful jets of water), has a constant output when supplied a 9-15 volt input and is engineered to operate with 12-volt, 120-volt and 277-volt systems. Top, Middle Another recently released model, the Tower, can output up to 185 lumens at 12- volt input and up to 455 lumens at 120-volt input. B Bollards as we know them today are com- monly thought of as the short posts used in outdoor settings to create a perimeter; very often for security purposes, especially in the post-9/11 world, but also just to serve as visual guides or to mark boundaries. Even though they are most closely aligned with modern streetscapes, the history of the word has a nautical connection. Webster's Dictionary defines a bollard as "a post of metal or wood on a wharf around which to fasten mooring lines." Early examples were reported to be idled cannons installed in the ground muzzle first, leaving the bulbous back ends sticking out – their shape helping to prevent a ship's rope from slipping over it. Architectural site furnishings manufac - turer Reliance Foundry conveys that bollards "come in a wide variety of shapes and styles to accentuate or visually stand out in their settings," which could also be said about the bollard style lights - not to be confused with lighted bollards - that are appearing in land - scape settings more and more. Like a traditional bollard, these decorative light fixtures stand upright and are mounted in the ground. They are typically used to illuminate pathways, steps and small plant - ings, giving off light from the sides. But as they evolve, bollard lights are finding more uses, giving contractors more reasons to in - corporate them into their projects. "It is definitely a growing trend," relates Luis M. Mejia, a regional manager for Focus Industries. "These decorative pieces allow you to separate yourself from everything else in the market." Some have intricate designs that project patterns of light and shadow onto your walk - way, patio, deck, or lawn area. They can also shine upward and downward like the Tower series by VOLT® that have two integrated LED sources to cast a scroll or leaf pattern both onto the ceiling and the ground. WAC Landscape Lighting introduced two new bollards last year – the Tower and the 22 LC DBM Distinct Impressions by Mike Dahl, LC/DBM Innovative Bollard Light Designs Emerge

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