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Mike M
12-17-2007, 08:14 AM
This I already know: many tropicals of the light green variety are translucent and glow nicely straight through the foliage, and the ideal evergreen and deciduous trees have light bark, open branches, and finer leaves.

My question is, short of skipping certain plant material alltogether, does anyone have recommendations on illuminating sago palms, and maybe magnolias?

Thanks,

Mike M.

NightScenes
12-17-2007, 08:42 AM
I always try to illuminate Segos from above. The leaves are quite shiny and give off a nice shimmer. Magnolias can be a bit more tricky. You need several fixtures to do it right. You need to use a combination of cross lighting and grazing. I really love the magnolias with the orange color under the leaves, they look almost on fire at night.

irrig8r
12-17-2007, 10:49 AM
I always try to illuminate Segos from above. The leaves are quite shiny and give off a nice shimmer. Magnolias can be a bit more tricky. You need several fixtures to do it right. You need to use a combination of cross lighting and grazing. I really love the magnolias with the orange color under the leaves, they look almost on fire at night.

The orange color under the leaves is called "russetting". (Like the potato, not like iron oxide.)

NightScenes
12-17-2007, 10:55 AM
I used to avoid lighting magnolias until I lit a small one in a garden and it turned out to be a very nice focal point. Since then I light em all!!

irrig8r
12-17-2007, 12:11 PM
For the Sagos, BTW, I have usually backlit them, depending on where they are... downlighting, them if the situation permits, would be interesting, because they are somewhat glossy.

TXNSLighting
12-17-2007, 01:02 PM
weve lit a couple sagos. used a bullet with a 20 watt bulb. looked real good.

Mike M
12-17-2007, 09:29 PM
I used to avoid lighting magnolias until I lit a small one in a garden and it turned out to be a very nice focal point. Since then I light em all

That's cool. I'll experiment with them.

I noticed if lighting sago's they require multiple stake lights. I'll hit them with down lights, if available.

Other tricky plants include big oleandars and other big bushy weedy looking plants.

Chris J
12-17-2007, 09:36 PM
There is a franchise company here that has a copper path-light with only half of a lamp-shade. The front of the pathlight illuminates the ground cover, while the back half provides for a wash effect across situations like sagos. Anyone else seen the fixture I'm talking about? I have to say that I do like this fixture as it would come in very handy in several situations.

NightScenes
12-17-2007, 09:41 PM
I've never seen that one Chris, is it from OLP or something?

Chris J
12-17-2007, 09:46 PM
The franchise is called Lightscapes, but I think they are somehow connected to OLP. It's possible that OLP is a sister company or something like that. I know he used to use a lot of Unique products, but he may have somehow been released from his franchise obligations. I really don't know the story behind them, but I do know they are (or were) a franchise.

Chris J
12-17-2007, 09:50 PM
I'm sure anyone could create this same effect with just about any luminare. Just cut out 1/3 to 1/2 of the shade, and you will have created the same fixture. I'll be on the lookout, and take my wifes camera. I'll try to post a pic.

TXNSLighting
12-17-2007, 10:23 PM
i like that idea. could be very handy on alot of projects.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
12-17-2007, 10:55 PM
The franchise is called Lightscapes, but I think they are somehow connected to OLP. It's possible that OLP is a sister company or something like that. I know he used to use a lot of Unique products, but he may have somehow been released from his franchise obligations. I really don't know the story behind them, but I do know they are (or were) a franchise.

Chris, out of curiosity... that operation called Lightscapes... are they located in either Orlando area or Sarasota area?

Thanks.

Chris J
12-17-2007, 10:57 PM
They are here in Jacksonville. The company is Lightscapes of North FL., but there are other franchises all over.

Chris J
12-17-2007, 11:58 PM
They are here in Jacksonville. The company is Lightscapes of North FL., but there are other franchises all over.

Further explaination: This one guy is here in Jax, but there are many more I suppose. I don't know the origin of their franchise, nor do I really care. The franchise owner here is Guy Romano. Joey should have some info on this business as, like I said, he has been known to use Unique products. Joey?

JoeyD
12-18-2007, 05:57 PM
Further explaination: This one guy is here in Jax, but there are many more I suppose. I don't know the origin of their franchise, nor do I really care. The franchise owner here is Guy Romano. Joey should have some info on this business as, like I said, he has been known to use Unique products. Joey?


I personally do not know Guy Romano. It appears to me by looking into my customer info that he used to be a customer who's company name was Classic Landscape Lighting. When I called the number it was a Lightscapes voice mail. I am waiting for a response from my Florida reps as to his history.

Speaking of which Chris, has Debbie Burke contacted you??