Down lighting from palms

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by worx, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. worx

    worx LawnSite Senior Member
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    Has anyone had any trouble with damage to palms when down lighting from them much like you would an oak tree? I would be using a tree hanger mount with stainless steel stand-offs.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. worx

    worx LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anyone......?
     
  3. steveparrott

    steveparrott Sponsor
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    Experts tell me that mounting lights on palm trees will have no harmful effect. Still, I would use an offset screw that prevents insect damage and fungus growth from ocurring behind the mount.

    Here's the mounting system from CAST (CTREEH1):

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  4. worx

    worx LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks Steve that is exactly what I had in mind.
     
  5. The Lighting Geek

    The Lighting Geek LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have used Unique stratosphere mounts with no adverse effects.
    Some have been installed for over 5 years. The bolts are called hanger bolts, 1/4" wood screw one end, 1/4 x 20 stud on the other end.
     
  6. LLC RI

    LLC RI LawnSite Member
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    Steve et al: Besides preventing fungus growth, the stand off method that CAST offers also allows there to be several years of tree growth prior to the need to remove the light and mount and reattach with some new hangar bolts. The important thing to remember when installing lighting in trees is that the tree grows in all directions. I'd like to remind all the electricians out there, who's work I have come in contact with, who have used standard steel ROMEX staples, to attach either romex or even low voltage wire to the trees.
     
  7. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
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  8. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I don't for a minute profess to have any real world experience in mounting downlights to palm trees, but I have talked to a few others who do this often and they prefer to use a strap type mount in palms because of the way that palm trees grow. Using the strap allows for easier/frequent removal and repositioning of the fixture when the palm fronds age / grow.
     
  9. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
    from usa
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    Unless there is a species exception, palm trunks don't grow wider, so no worries. Just use stainless steel screws.
     

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