Lighting up in a tree.

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by jlouki01, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. jlouki01

    jlouki01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

    I am new to lighting but have taken quite a liking to it. Using my house as a guinea pig I started here..

    I have quite a few very large silver maples on the property and some very nice river birch.

    I picked up a book by Janet Lennox on lighting. It opened my eyes to using multiple lights on a single object to highlight all of it's features.

    My question is I have a huge birch I put one well light and 2 bullets. Looks very impressive. It doesn't seem to need anything else because of the leaf size.

    However the maples with the same lighting are in desperate need of something up in the tree to finish it off. I can post some pics tomorrow of the actual trees. In the meantime does anyone have any examples.. picture or drawn of I could rig this up. ( Fyi I understand how the concept and hookup works ) just looking for an idea of bulb type and fixture type.
     
  2. jlouki01

    jlouki01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

    Oddly enough I found an old picture ( bad ) of one of the trees in question.

    IMG00684.jpg
     
  3. steveparrott

    steveparrott Sponsor
    Posts: 1,189

  4. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,181

    Steve that is an EXCELLENT article. Very well written thanks for sharing it.

    I like how you mentioned for designers to consider where people might be looking when a particular area is in use. I was called out to a job someone else installed. 2 perfect trees for downlighting were near the edge of a patio but there was also a hot tub on the edge of the patio. When someone would recline in the hot tub to relax they were staring into a mercury vapor lamp. Not very relaxing.

    Solution was to put a switch on the Mercury vapor and uplight the trees. This allows the client to have the soothing background lighting and the ability to switch on the mercury vapor light if they are entertaining back there and needed the added punch (wow thoes things are bright)
     
  5. jlouki01

    jlouki01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

    I guess I should have been more clear. I want to light up into the tree. The base canopy is so dense the light from the ground level bullets and well are only going up so high.
     
  6. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 751

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    or

    [​IMG]



    Cast makes a nice one as does unique


    Some of these

    [​IMG]


    And

    [​IMG]


    Also a ladder
     
  7. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,181

    Your showing him coppermoon then mentioning CAST.

    Bullet lights peroperly mounted in the tree prefferably out of sight is the way to go.
     
  8. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 751

    Unique too.


    Just spreading the love Bill
     
  9. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,181

    If you dont properly know how to mount a tree light search back in older threads for this information so that you do not damage your trees. it has been discussed multiple times
     
  10. Alan B

    Alan B Sponsor
    Posts: 410

    Steve,

    Great article--especially liked the examples shown in latter part of article--very helpful and useful info.

    Many think of moonlighting only as an effect (i.e. read too much into the name). Article shows that it is an extremely practical method for lighting larger areas (driveways, walkways, grassy areas) with a couple fixtures. Not to mention the balance it provides to break-up an all up light design.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Alan
     

Share This Page