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starry night
07-18-2012, 08:35 PM
On February 7, 2011 I started this thread:
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=339467

Little did I know the journey I had ahead of me. Thanks to all of you guys for your inspiration and technical advice.

I remember one member saying that lighting would overtake my other landscaping interests. That it has. After moving to a new market, I decided to concentrate only on landscape and architectural lighting, giving up general landscaping.

Here are a couple photos of the home that we built -- one daytime and a couple at night with my lighting.

It's a free-speech forum here so I can't tell you NOT to comment but I don't want to be patronized nor do I need heavy criticism.
Tips for my future work are welcome.

I know it's fairly good for a novice pro but I also am able to recognize the defects in the lighting and in the representation of it in the photos.

Again, I am grateful to you all for getting me started in this new phase of my profession.

jana
07-18-2012, 09:34 PM
Enjoy it! You earned it, capitalism at work!

Put an iron door on the front and your set. :)

Richie@
07-19-2012, 08:20 AM
Phil,

Your home and Lighting looks very nice.

Lite4
07-19-2012, 12:22 PM
Looks Great Phil! One tip to try, put some frosted glass lenses on your MR16's that are grazing the stone walls of the house. It will minimize beam patterns and hot spots and I believe you will be very happy with the overall softening of the light.

starry night
07-19-2012, 01:17 PM
Thanks Tim. You know how so many on this forum say "it doesn't look that bright in person." I already put in frosted lenses for this purpose (before the photo was taken.) I might be grazing from a little too far out --about 19 or 20 inches. What do you think?

Lite4
07-20-2012, 10:42 PM
Distance away from a wall is always a personal preference, but I like to keep about 12" between the wall and the front edge of the fixture so the wash doesn't get too flat. However, getting this close means lensing is important because of greater incidence of beam lines and hot spots.

muddywater
07-23-2012, 09:52 PM
What watt bulb did u use on the small eve gutter mount?

starry night
07-23-2012, 10:34 PM
Muddy, If you are talking about over the front entrance, those are 10w halogen. Most of the fixtures have LEDs, but I haven't found an LED that I like for the small wash fixtures.

knox gsl
07-23-2012, 10:41 PM
I love the house but the lighting is a little hot in the corners. I do want you to know that I have never done any landscape lighting so not a pro opinion, but I have done alot of stage lighting which carries alot of the same ideas. The hot spots could be the camera's white balance is off a little.

S&MLL
07-23-2012, 10:42 PM
Starry what guttermount fixture are you using
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starry night
07-23-2012, 10:54 PM
Knox and others: I have to fall back on the old excuse that it's the photography.
The lighting is much warmer than it would appear in these photos. I think I will probably move the fixtures in and graze a little more indirectly.

S&MLL: Volt gentle splash on a Unique uni-bracket. Got a suggestion for an LED with ample lumens and color that would fit?

knox gsl
07-23-2012, 11:02 PM
Knox and others: I have to fall back on the old excuse that it's the photography.
The lighting is much warmer than it would appear in these photos. I think I will probably move the fixtures in and graze a little more indirectly.

S&MLL: Volt gentle splash on a Unique uni-bracket. Got a suggestion for an LED with ample lumens and color that would fit?

I have a feeling that it would be much warmer in person, carmeras often don't tell the whole truth.

starry night
07-23-2012, 11:17 PM
carmeras often don't tell the whole truth.

Oh boy! You probably don't realize that is a never-ending debate on this lighting forum.

S&MLL
07-23-2012, 11:18 PM
Knox and others: I have to fall back on the old excuse that it's the photography.
The lighting is much warmer than it would appear in these photos. I think I will probably move the fixtures in and graze a little more indirectly.

S&MLL: Volt gentle splash on a Unique uni-bracket. Got a suggestion for an LED with ample lumens and color that would fit?

Idk i pretty much.stick to cm895s which i lamp with illumicaree 5.3 bipins. The 3000k with a frosted lens blends in nicely with 2700k mr16 led lamps
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muddywater
07-24-2012, 06:10 AM
Muddy, If you are talking about over the front entrance, those are 10w halogen. Most of the fixtures have LEDs, but I haven't found an LED that I like for the small wash fixtures.



Thanks, I like that little detail. I might be on top of my house this weekend adding a couple gutter mounts!!!

waterbrook
07-24-2012, 09:06 AM
S&MLL: Volt gentle splash on a Unique uni-bracket. Got a suggestion for an LED with ample lumens and color that would fit?

I have put this LED in the Volt Gentle Splash, and the effect is similar to halogen. It puts some direct light on the subject and still uses the reflector to soften the light. This 4W is probably a bit hot (320 lumens) for your location, but there is also a 2W - 150 lumens LED. Specs say it is 3000K, and they appear to be right there.

I also put this LED in a Volt path light with good results.

https://c808505.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/67126_7f8baa32d71d15b47ce6a5667d1db9123f1fe659_original_x_323_1335256921.jpg

http://1000bulbs.com/product/67126/LC-LEDT34WW.html

BTW, nice work Phil!

Mitch

jana
07-24-2012, 09:49 AM
Got a suggestion for an LED with ample lumens and color that would fit?

Why not try a single side bi-pin and face the emitters to the back of the fixture, facing the reflector. Reduced glare, nice and soft. Works great.