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Mike M
05-07-2008, 01:41 PM
Please, I need some feedback.

I am outlining a powerpoint presentation and I'm trying to capture the value and essence of what we create in about 30 minutes. This is for county development people, landscape architects, and many of the various review committees at the gated communities around here.

Each key point will be a "slide" with a photo, and I'm trying to keep it simple. A picture is worth a thousand words.

This is my brainstorm, so far. If anyone wants to help with pictures that illustrate, I'll be happy to share the presentation.

Oh yeah, I'll also be using things to pass around, such as fixtures, etc.

Thanks!

Powerpoint Ideas

Low Voltage Lighting is Not:

The sales model effect...
A single 120 volt flood light washing away all textures and fine definition. The effect is a flat wash without natural, three-dimensional qualities.

Good Low-Voltage Lighting

Glare-free
No "light trespass" on neighbors
accomplished with proper positioning, aiming, and shielding (natural plant materials, fixtures with long cowls, shrouds, & louvers).

Better Lighting

eliminate all hot spots with proper angles and distances from features.
proper selection of bulbs & variety of brightness levels
lighting system is maintained in working condition: fixtures cleaned and weather-proofed, bulbs replaced, proper protection from corrosive elements, controllers operating at correct times. Proper trenching per code and correct voltage at bulbs.

Excellent Lighting from a Professional Lighting Specialist:

Aesthetic "whole portraits" of illumination: areas varied and balanced in brightness and shadows, "dark holes" eliminated, scene offers three-dimensional depth and textures, no amusement park effects--but illumination seem to magically give life, and something is definitely missing when lights are off.

Lighting objectives established before planing:
safety, security, extending views to eliminate confinement, illuminating architectural accents and landscape features, etc.

POV: proper point of view identified (from street, home, deck, etc.)

Routine scheduled maintenance for reliable lifetime operation and enjoyment.

Terradek
05-08-2008, 11:05 AM
Mike,
Just a minor suggestion that could make a big difference. I would not use the term "Low Voltage" in your presentation. It suffers from a "less than professional" image. I would suggest "Outdoor Lighting", "Exterior Lighting", or even "Architectural/Landscape Lighting". I hope that it goes well for you.

Gerry De La Vega
Terradek Lighting Inc.
1-800-609-1130
AOLP Member

Mike M
05-08-2008, 05:33 PM
I know what you mean, it's just I am trying to separate from the electrical contractors.

How about simply "outdoor lighting specialist"?

Terradek
05-08-2008, 05:36 PM
I like that much better...short sweet and to the point. good luck, GD.

Lite4
05-08-2008, 07:10 PM
Mike,
You need to sell yourself as a designer of Exterior luminous compositions. You may also not want to completely exclude line voltage. They will have their place in some instances in very large commercial applications. Line voltage is just another tool at your disposal if necessary to complete the desired portrait. I primarily use almost completely 12 volt, but there will always be something you will just have to make the jump to something stronger, ie... very large and tall commercial structures.

Mike M
05-08-2008, 08:18 PM
Okay, Tim. When I get that Statue of Liberty job, I'll remember the advice. :)

I think she would look best with some down-lighting. Is there anything taller than her near by?

Mike M
05-08-2008, 09:01 PM
Okay. My kid was climbing all over me while I was trying to respond.

I don't mean to put down line voltage jobs, just the notion "we want some lights in the garden, let's call an electrician."