mini wall washer

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Mike M, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I just got the (can't mention manufacturer's name) mini wall washer, cool as (heck).

    Question: when mounting against siding, the lens is flattish against the sky. Does anyone recommend application of grease/silicone on the rubber gaskets which hold the removable lens?

    This brings up another q for me. On my manufacturer's (name withheld)instructions, it mentions the old: don't touch bulb or oil from fingers may shorten lamp life. Is it possible that the grease we apply to the bulb base could be making the bulb retain more heat and thereby shortening bulb life?

    I used a product on a bulb base recently which darkened like burning olive oil and I experienced a short-lived bulb. This all has me wondering if I should only grease the o-rings on fixture housings and nothing else.

    Mike
     
  2. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    dont be rediculous... if we cant discuss specifics how are we all supposed to be on the same page. Your either speaking of the stellar or the nightscaping one. Send us a pic of how you mounted it. If its the stellar (joey and nate are sponsors so we can yap about thier product) I know the lens sits in there under the lip. I cant recall if there is a drain hole in the back of the fixture or not. I dont like water sitting atop my fixtures period. Not just the water will sit but also debris and dirt (hello asphalt running off your roofs)
     
  3. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    You can yap about all products! Thats why this forum is here.

    I dont think it is a Stellar becuase I believe we are pretty clear that it is ok to handle the Xelogen lmaps we include in our fixtures.
     
  4. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I dont like water sitting atop my fixtures period. Not just the water will sit but also debris and dirt (hello asphalt running off your roofs)

    Good point, which is why James mentioned the snow problem too if there is no angle. I only need to play with the location by hand and see if a slight angle will suffice. Otherwise I'll consider the mount on the shingles or maybe only when there is an available gutter.

    Mainly, I'm wondering if it's also good practice with these fixtures that have removable lenses to surround the lense with grease.

    On a side note, I'm also wondering if grease is bad touching the lamp near the base.

    Mike
     
  5. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    grease touching the lamp is bad in my opinion. Lamps get hot...if oil from your fingers can cook a lamp prematurely whats a spooge of grease going to do ? Its the deep fry effect.

    Show us a pic and I bet we can come up with 2 more places to mount your fixture. Your lighting gables ? Why not using something small like a white nightscaping downlight or a kichler one colored to match the home or even a cast nich light... I wouldnt mount any of small wallwashers I have seen flat unless they were protected like under a soffit or such.
     
  6. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    Grease touching the base of the lamp should not affect the lamp as long as it is a di electric silicone based grease that will not harden or cook at high temps. I know this to be true with our lamps but maybe the others lamps are more sensative, not sure. As far as greasing the lenses I do not think this is neccesary. I am speaking from a Stellar standpoint, you should never need to grease the gasket as it should never stick or harden to the brass body. We pre grease the sockets from the factory, grease anywhere else on the Stellar is not needed.

    As far as anyone elses wall wash I do not think they grease the sockets and I do not know how there lenses are sealed. Our lenses have a wrap around gasket that is damn near impossible to penetrate once pressed into the body. Thats why it's life time baby!!!!

    Joey D.
     
  7. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Have a great day.
     
  8. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'll put them on my own house and see how they do. I might eventually use them for demo's, maybe attach clamps so I can try various positions until I get it figured out under varied circumstances.
     
  9. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Here's a pic in daylight, I really don't need the area above the porch roof lit, but I wanted to practice this kind of placement.

    I'll send the night version of this as soon as it gets dark.

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  10. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    also when your making your pics smaller to post dont go so small. I find 6-700 wide work well for horizontal shots like yours. I use photoshop to resize and then after i resize(be sure to contrain proportions when you do) I click file then save for web and it compresses it very well.

    Below is an example of 600 x 399 compressed. I made sure the box was checked to maintain the aspect ratio when I resized. Alot easier to see.

    On another note I would think lighting your home and doing nice signs out front for a month should lead to some nice smaller systems in your nieghborhood.

    pillars shrunk.jpg
     

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