Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

APR 2018

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had to very carefully dig conduit around exist- ing landscape features, trying not to compromise their integrity. Due to the largeness of the property and the ex - isting electrical connections and conduits, a total of eight 300-watt transformers were installed in convenient locations. The addition of these en - sured there was no noticeable voltage drop any- where in the system and guaranteed that each fix- ture was able to shine to its full capacity. Because much of the vegetation was so dense and in relatively shallow planters, Maggard and his team had to angle most of their ground or low- mounted fixtures relatively straight up. For the largest trees, fixtures were mounted high up and angled towards the center of the property, helping to create a nice, even balance of light. As this is a large residence with a lot of character and beautiful, mature landscape features, Maggard wanted to leave the option to add more fixtures if the homeowner desired. To achieve this, he and his crew intentionally over-planned the wiring for the system and ran multiple home run cables, in every direction, from each of the eight transform - ers. This will allow future installations to be more easily completed. After the project was finished, Maggard had this to say, "This was a fun project to work on. The homeowners love their new lighting system and the way it accents the landscape, complements the beautiful hardscape and pool elements, and cre - ates a beautiful nightscape for their property." LC DBM Middle The main goals the home- owners had for this project were to lower their electricity bill, provide safety and security and allow use of the amenities during the night; all while enhancing the aesthetics of the entire property. Roughly 250 fixtures were used throughout the estate. The entire system is low-voltage. Above For the specialty applications, like the archway, gazebo and fireplace, similar fixtures were used throughout the property. However, the beam spreads were modified using add-on filters. Specifically for the sizeable outdoor fireplace, the team used a combination of tree-mounted fixtures and wall mounted fixtures that cast light from different angles to create equal lighting and mirrored shadows. Above Other than replacing the existing waterproof fixtures with new LED low voltage ones, the crew only had to install two new fixtures in the stream that connects to this reflecting pond. They used a fixture, named "LL," which stands 5.3" tall and has a 6.42" wide base. The fixture is made of die-cast brass and has the capability to be either unfixed or mounted. Cabling for these two new fixtures connects with the existing waterproof fixtures' cabling, and together they run to a transformer that is rated for water safety. Four in-ground fixtures were also installed surrounding the reflection pond, which create reflections off the water's surface onto the stone wall behind. April 2018 33

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