Register free!
Search
 
     

Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-23-2012, 10:35 PM
andersman02's Avatar
andersman02 andersman02 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Snowy MN
Posts: 375
Ideas to illuminate right side of house...

So we did my first lighting job a few weeks back for a friend, lighting went up easy enough and like I thought would happen, the left side of the house (right side from the street) looks "left out" during the night times. We got a 4.5w uplight for the ninebark trees on the right but ended up not using it as I didnt want to cause to much clutter along with uneven lighting on the two entrance trees (they didnt want to install a conduit for the other tree).

how do you guys think i could give the right side ( from the street) some attention during the night? We do have an extra smallish up light that could be used, i was thinking something along the lines of lighting up the rock and hydrangea with the corner of the house as a backdrop but wasnt sure howd that would look.

We can also still return the small flood for a different fixture as we havent openned it yet.....






Sorry dont have any better pics of that side
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-24-2012, 12:17 AM
S&MLL S&MLL is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Somerset County NJ
Posts: 764
Transformer looks bad being on the front of the house. And lift it off the ground if you want to satisfy nec
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-24-2012, 10:08 AM
irrig8r irrig8r is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
Posts: 4,545
And as an aside, who plants a tree under the eaves like that? Looks like they're asking for trouble in a few short years.
__________________
Landscaper. Irrigator. Illuminator. Music lover. Coffee drinker.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-24-2012, 04:47 PM
andersman02's Avatar
andersman02 andersman02 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Snowy MN
Posts: 375
homeowner wanted to keep it near the entrance, the hydrangeas should block it in a year... as for the trees, they shouldnt get much taller and they will be pruning it to keep shape, the original ones were a smaller cutlivar but they didnt have any in stock unfortunatly
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-25-2012, 02:41 AM
S&MLL S&MLL is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Somerset County NJ
Posts: 764
Quote:
Originally Posted by andersman02 View Post
homeowner wanted to keep it near the entrance, the hydrangeas should block it in a year... as for the trees, they shouldnt get much taller and they will be pruning it to keep shape, the original ones were a smaller cutlivar but they didnt have any in stock unfortunatly

Your job as a "professional" is to install the transformer in a location you see fit. I cant think of one reason a homeowner would want it in front of their house. They have no reason to ever open the transformer or need to access it on a hourly basis to be in such easy reach of it.... When you raise the transformer off the ground to the appropriate level it will take much longer for your bush to block it.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-25-2012, 11:43 AM
andersman02's Avatar
andersman02 andersman02 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Snowy MN
Posts: 375
Alright, what would be the minimum height off the ground? Also how would you go about placing this ttransformer? Place on the right side of the house?
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-25-2012, 01:55 PM
starry night's Avatar
starry night starry night is online now
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Ohio's North Coast
Posts: 2,052
Andersman, If you are going to continue to do lighting jobs, you ought to check the NEC code. It is very detailed. For simplified guidelines (still based on the code) go to the AOLP website where you can download a several-page guide to best practices.
__________________
Phil Bauer
Starry Night Lighting


"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine."
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-25-2012, 04:39 PM
andersman02's Avatar
andersman02 andersman02 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Snowy MN
Posts: 375
Thanks starry night ill definately take a hard look over the winter
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-26-2012, 09:54 PM
muddywater muddywater is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 1,813
I dont have the vast amount of lighting knowledge some of these guys do, but i would have tried to sell architectual lighting on the house. Just not much to light up in the front as far as specimen plants IMO.

And if you want to sell more lighting jobs, you need a nice camera. I bought one that was recomended on this forum and it takes incredible pics compared t what i was using. It has really been a great sales tool.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-26-2012, 10:33 PM
andersman02's Avatar
andersman02 andersman02 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Snowy MN
Posts: 375
The guy is a friend (son of old boss) so i can still definately add on to it, the only problem is he didnt want to put in a conduit under the sidewalk, woulld some down light look nice? I was just thinking if we down light the right side, the left would look left out... Maybe something subtle?
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:03 AM.

Page generated in 0.08090 seconds with 7 queries