View Full Version : Fence post down lighting

Stuttering Stan
03-16-2009, 08:14 PM
I am an irrigation contractor and I am looking into doing some lighting at my residence. I recently put up a 4' fence around the backyard and tossed around the thought of installing some soft down lights on the fence posts. I am really not sure what to look for as far as lighting goes. Any ideas?

Go Halogen
03-16-2009, 09:18 PM
What are you trying to throw light on? Beds, turf or just create a nice column of light down the fence post?


Stuttering Stan
03-16-2009, 09:58 PM
A mix of beds and turf. I want to light up the backyard and make it an inviting, relaxing place. Right now it's pitch black with the expection of door lights on the house.

David Gretzmier
03-17-2009, 12:10 AM
Uplights or downlights will serve one purpose- to light up the fence. if that is your goal, either will achieve it. To provide lighting to the back yard beyond the fence itself, fixtures will need to be placed elsewhere.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
03-17-2009, 12:26 AM
Stan, the best thing to do if you want some good design/layout advice would be to take a couple of photos of your yard, and specifically where you want to light. Then post them here. I am sure some of the guys would give you some good ideas.

Designing a lighting system is largely a visual art... not something that translates very well from simple words on a page.

Or, ask around an hire a local lighting contractor!

03-17-2009, 01:46 PM
Orion 4" fixtures would work great here it sounds like!!!


Stuttering Stan
03-19-2009, 07:40 PM
Thank ya Joey. That's exactly what I was shopping for. Are there any Unique distribs in the Va Beach/ Norfolk VA area?

03-19-2009, 07:50 PM
Here you go! Let me know if you need anything else!! BTW if you just want the light to shine down the post you will want to have some flat black spray paint to paint the inside portion of the upper glass lens. You will also want to use a small bead of sealer to knock out any excess spill light coming from between the lens and the fixture. There shouldnt be any anyway but I have had it happen a few times to me.

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03-20-2009, 06:02 PM
If the fence in itself is decorative and depending on the surface finish another option may be to wall wash using a series of fixtures (stellars or starburst from unique) placed in the bed areas relatively close together and pulled back from the fence. try to achieve even light across the fence. this technique will serve in providing some ambient light for the yard as well. if the fence is really dark this effect will be diminished. good luck.