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Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by mrossirr, Feb 19, 2013.
Looking for a demo light kit to buy.
Just make your own. Easier and less expensive, Plus you get more of the components you want. PM me and I'll tell you where to get all the nuts and bolts for it.
Have you gone to all LED's for your kit?
I have a few Kichler spots in there, but I only use them as the last ones out of the box if I need to light a tree. I won't put them on architecture. Everytime I do, the clients hate them. They have an almost purple hue compared to the halogen lamps against light colored surfaces. I carry some illumicare lamps in my bins and can swap in an LED here and there if the client is interested. Around here, power is so inexpensive (around .075/KWH) that the LED investment recoup time is not as fast here as it would be in say Tommy's neck of the woods where it is close to .30/KWH
However, everything that is installed above 12' is LED. I hate changing out tree down lights every year or two.
Sorry to chime in, I'm not a light installer but wondering if you use any lights by the brand in-lite? I've used a bunch at my own property, they are great but expensive. I also looked at your picture thread, great stuff, really inspiring, I love lighting but more as hobby, I think it compliments a landscape so well, the difference is "light and day", lol.
Yes, I have used them several times. They are a nice compact little marker light. The nice thing is that they are 12VAC so they can wire right into your transformer. There is another one called the thumbtack by minimis.
Here is their HOUZZ page: http://www.houzz.com/photos/1108011...est-landscape-light---outdoor-lighting-austin
I attached a couple pics shown with the inlite used on steps. Notice the color is a little cooler than the Xelogen lamps on the walls.
They have an almost purple hue compared to the halogen lamps against light colored surfaces.
Oh--that's a significant comment.
Tim, have you sampled any of the other integrated LED's, like CAST or DGLights?
To be fair to Kichler, these integrated spots I have are probably 1st or 2nd gen. (4-5 yrs old). I am sure they have made significant improvements and have corrected a lot of things. I just don't care for how flimsy they're knuckles and joints feel and perform.
I do have some CAST and FX integrated LEDs. I have not yet tested them against a light surface to see color and and smoothness of beam yet. I will say they are both extremely well built. The more I see the FX LED line, the more I am impressed with it. For $471 (retail) on their VolSpatial, they better be well built.
What are you favoring for LED's at the moment Mike?
No idea, that's why I'm asking you
I will fly out of AK for good this May, so I plan to get back full-time at some point this summer. I like the idea of integrated LED's.
I will probably rebuild my lighting kit for all LED's.
See my PM.
Ha, I just asked when you were coming back in my PM before reading this thread. I'm sure SC will be a welcome relief from the cold.