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Old 01-09-2008, 10:52 AM
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Uplighting Magnolia?

I "tried" to up light a magnolia with well lights and really did not get the look I was looking for. Any tips on what has worked best?
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:23 AM
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how bout a picture? this is why most of us try to not use well lights...
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:30 AM
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chances are its not the well lights fault that this doenst look good. It could be that it isnt positioned right or just isnt the right tree for a well light. A pic will better help in giving you the right advice though.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:48 AM
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Magnolias and well lights are not a good mix. Too much debris dropping: flowers, seed cones... but mostly big, thick leaves.

If they're in a lawn you might try something else... maybe even downlighting, because they have glossy tops of the leaves, but dull undersides.

If not in lawn, then stake mounted bullets will be your best choice for uplighting, and from a wider angle and out from under the dripline/ debris fall would be better.
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:38 PM
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thats why i wanted a picture. i didnt mean it was the well lights fault in general. i mean for magnolias. but yeh anyways. get some pics up.
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:44 PM
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tex and gregg are both right. Get the pics. Are they small mags? large???? japs??? dwarfs ?

Magnolias are TOUGH to light. The fall out from them is insane and your lights often become buried very quickly.

on my last project I just placed a couple of bullets near the trunks of some drawfs just enough to graze em softly to show they were there. Then lit the ligustrums behind it for a little back lighting as well.
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:58 PM
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thats why i wanted a picture. i didnt mean it was the well lights fault in general. i mean for magnolias. but yeh anyways. get some pics up.
Yeah whatever Ryan, your one of dem Par haters I know!!! LOL
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:23 PM
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It's hard to uplight some of these because the light doesnt travel well up through the tree and the larger leaf ornamental type trees are easy to get hot spots on. Therefore, I usually step away from the tree a little and use a broad spread bullet to cover as much of the canopy as possible.
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:03 PM
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it all depends on the current size of the tree. Keep in mind you will need to move and add fixtures as the tree grows.

I did a larger magnolia as a demo and placed the lights closer to the trunk and it looked pretty good as well. Inside there is not as many leaves as the outer edges of the canopy. the trunks and many brances lit from within but the leaves and such created a very dramatic silohette. wish I had a pic
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Old 01-10-2008, 02:56 AM
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Hahaha.. Magnolia trees=lots of thick leathery leaves. You need a pole with a nail to pick em up.
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