Beam Test- Opinions please

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Lite4, Sep 15, 2013.

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Beam pattern- which do prefer on archtitecture

  1. Option A- Un-lensed MR16

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Option B- Out of the Box LED 38 degree

    1 vote(s)
    10.0%
  3. Option C- Lensed

    9 vote(s)
    90.0%
  1. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,143

    I think it was Jim Lewis that said this forum has gotten a bit stale. Hopefully it's just because everyone is busy selling and installing. I went out a few weeks back and set up a beam spread test. As I drive around at night I see lighting that runs across the board from decent to horrid. Most of the time, our eyes are drawn to the architectural lighting and we make this determination quickly based on how the contractor has lit the residence or structure. So, I became curious. I see so many jobs that have sharp beam lines on the architecture and very few that don't. I personally, have always associated sharp beam lines on architecture as ugly and distracting but I want to know what everyone else's opinion is on the matter. Do you prefer smooth blending of the light on architecture or hard beam lines and bright spots? Please follow up your poll vote with your preference reasoning.

    The photo shows 3 examples. Please note: The samples have differing beam strengths and color temps, so don't comment on that. I am only looking for feedback on the beam lines or "the look on the wall you like better".

    Hopefully we can get some banter going again....

    Thanks

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    Last edited: Sep 15, 2013
  2. Barnabas

    Barnabas LawnSite Member
    Posts: 117

    I agree with you, the softer the lines and the more seamless the light as well as how well the light is set up to transition the areas that are dark to those that are lighted is very important.
     
  3. trailboss

    trailboss LawnSite Member
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    I agree, I think sharp lines are ugly in most cases...like English Garden or Native Garden style landscapes. However, there are occasions when we are striving for that....some contemporary homes require that sharp/clean line look. My personal taste is... the softer the better.
    Steve
     
  4. trailboss

    trailboss LawnSite Member
    Posts: 206

    I agree, I think sharp lines are ugly in most cases...like English Garden or Native Garden style landscapes. However, there are occasions when we are striving for that....some contemporary homes require that sharp/clean line look. My personal taste is... the softer the better.
    Steve
     
  5. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,842

    Doh! I should have looked at the photo before I voted! Now I feel like an idiot. I was wondering what kind of question that was, without seeing it, it was hard for me to tell which one I'd like. So I just went with what I envisioned being the best. I wish I had scrolled down and looked at the photo. I would have opted for option C, like the rest.

    What fixture was used in option B? I think there are much better LED light fixtures available on the market now that have a much warmer color temperature and smoother spread too. In the photo, I definitely think C looks best. But I bet I could find a nice LED fixture that would come pretty close to that look.
     
  6. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,143

    Thanks Jim,

    Not sure of we can amend the poll but thank you for the input. Option B is the Kichler 38 degree radiax.
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  7. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    What model number is that Kichler fixture?
     
  8. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,143

    Jim,
    The fixture is the:

    16010 AZT30
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  9. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Thanks Tim.... I had heard that the radiax line was throwing some wicked striations but had not seen the product in a wall wash application. I assume there is no filters available from the Manufacturer?

    One more reason to use top quality LED lamps : you can easily and effectively filter the beam if needed.
     
  10. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,143

    James, there are no corrective lenses for the Radiax line that I am aware of. Someone more familiar with their product line may be able to speak to that more definitively however.

    I also did the same test with 2 sides of a tree also to show the comparison. I will post those up later.
     

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