Natural looking conduit?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by RWI, May 26, 2013.

  1. RWI

    RWI Banned
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    I working on a project that has some trees that need to have lights up in the trees. Is there a conduit out there that looks like a vine? I just hate to muck up the trunk of a beautiful live oak with a wire or gray conduit going up it.
     
  2. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
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    For low voltage, I like to use a piece of 1/2" or 3/4" copper pipe for mine, it's shiny for a month or so but once it patinas, it blends right into the tree. The other alternative, if you're running line voltage, is to paint the gray conduit to match the color of tree bark.
     
  3. RWI

    RWI Banned
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    I just figured somebody out there made a conduit that looks like a vine. That would be the perfect look. Maybe I am just using the wrong search terms for google. Its kind of historical site, so I just hate to muck up a tree that people congregate around.
     
  4. Steve Atkinson

    Steve Atkinson LawnSite Member
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    You can use PVC Sched 40 'brownline'. Used by irrigation contractors where the pipe is run on the surface and exposed to the sun (hillsides here in CA). This product is UV resistant. That and perhaps a bit of brown spraypaint.
     
  5. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I used to use all kinds of flexible copper pipe and such, but after years of trying various things, have found the most unobtrusive look is simply to use brown, 16 guage wire (if LED). Initially it is a bit darker than the bark, but after the sun gets it for a year it nearly blends right in and is much thinner and less noticeable than pipe.
     
  6. RWI

    RWI Banned
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    Good suggestion and probably easiest to do.
     

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