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Fixture Suggestion: Deck Lighting (photo attached)

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by RLDesign, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. RLDesign

    RLDesign LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    Hello All,

    I have 2 structures that I need to design lighting for - one is rush. The roof top deck in these photos needs a completed design and install by tomorrow. They are closing the walls in on Monday. I need a fixture that is line or low-volt exterior to code. I have a service area below the stairs that could have access for a transformer, but I had figured line volt or led would be better. I was thinking 3 evenly spaced fixtures with downlighting application.

    Any advice on the deck first and then the cats walk and tower second. I have a huge time crunch. I will probably add a switch on the stairs with a interval timer so that the deck lights will always turn off. They are going to do a full UPB house and garage.

    Reynolds Lighting Design

    James, if you have time - your advice on LED options is always welcome!

    IMG_1565 - deck.jpg

    IMG_1568 - entry to deck.jpg

    IMG_1567 - Tower.jpg

    IMG_1563 - Tower catswalk.jpg
  2. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 751

    Tanek I would go with 4 deck lights on the deck. Your forth being on the post for steps just facing the inward deck.

    In pic 2 that light looks like it would be right where the railing would go. Which could cause an ugly light pattern. How about 1"inset leds shooting across the treds of the steps. They could be flush mounted into the sides of the stairwell.

    http://www.landscapelighting.com/products/LargeImage.jsp?pid=15424AGZ&prdname=Cotswold - Deck 1-Lt 12V

    or similar in led. Kichlers deck leds are hard to come by. But I like them.

    As for that tower?? im not to sure. Hard to see in that stage what the final outcome will be? Siding or brick? Any sort of rail? Will the 45* supports be wrapped with anything?

    Fold carrys the inset 1" in led. Expensive but much better then the crappy kit they sell at lowes.
  3. RLDesign

    RLDesign LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    Thanks. I forgot to specifiy it has to be composite or brass or stainless... as all other materials will be gone in 6 months. I would say brass/plastic/composite. I have been thinking LED, but not sure.

    Talk soon.

  4. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,181

    how much clearance do you have in the tower sofit? will it be enclosed or will it remain with open framing on the outside. Lightolier lv2000 might work well in there if it will be an enclosed soffit and you have the room. Perhaps a rope light might work too. I saw one where it was concealed and looked great. They used a 1x2 and finish nailer to create a small lip in which the rope light was directly concealed but the ambience from it shed plenty of light down.

    On the underside of flooring for the upper tower level will there be anything or will it be open joists ? If open I would probably use cast niche lights with the reflectors removed and patina the inside of the copper fixture to cut down on the light. 20w scb lamp. Unique Probe OSM might work too but might be too much for this application.

    Place a switch near by for privacy reasons should there be a special moment while watching the sunrise.

    on the deck rails I would probably use CAST hockey pucks. Im a fan of this particular deck light. Its very stout. Easy to install and has a pleasing output. The bronze will last. Vista Rail lights are also an option.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2010
  5. Mataman

    Mataman LawnSite Member
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  6. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,181

    Build boxes might be a bad idea because he will be limited to a large fixture. Custom trims and wire it up is the way I would go. Rememeber you need different wire to run inside the structure than you do outside. Check local codes!
  7. RLDesign

    RLDesign LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    Yeah, I am just spec.ing and the electricican is completing, but I want the right product. YOUR SUGGESTIONS ARE GREAT!! Thanks again.

    Talk to you as soon as I review all this.


  8. Mataman

    Mataman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 83

    I was just thinking on how to buy him some time encase he didn't make a decision or a fixture not being readily available for prior to things being closed up.
    I didn't think those gray plastic electrical boxes where that big. Perfect size for any type of small recessed rectangle fixture.
  9. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,102

    Tanek, no brainer IMO:

    NS WM-3535-SS-LOX1430 Located on each post, with a custom milled wire cover up the backside of the post.

    Forget about LED lamps or fixtures on such a small job for now... when we have the T5 wedge LED you can upgrade them.

  10. capelawncare.com

    capelawncare.com LawnSite Fanatic
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