Need some options for lighting a driveway that aren't path lights

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by bcg, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
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    I'm working on a bid for a property right now and have an idea of what I'd like to do with this driveway but I'm not sure what fixtures would work best for the effect. Basically, what I want to achieve is to light this driveway with something that will shine across the driveway without causing any glare and without a visible fixture. I'm thinking some sort of hooded fixture in the curb would work well or even a hooded fixture, kind of like a deck light laying down, mounted in the edge of the driveway. Hopefully I'm describing what I want well enough that someone can suggest a fixture for the application...

    Thanks!

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  2. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
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  3. RLI Electric

    RLI Electric LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Hi Bernie. Are those curbs concrete? Is it reinforced with rebar? Do they have a flat top?

    If you really want to something amazing you could core some louvered fixtures into the sides of the curbs. You would want something relatively small and certainly designed for the application. Something like this would work well:

    http://www.hunza.co.nz/product-index/slsqsq.html

    If the core mounted option is just too expensive and time consuming for the clients, then you could get a small diameter flush mount louvered fixture. Something like this might work ok: http://www.uniquelighting.com/product_pages/VIKING.htm

    The core drill would be the better option as the fixture uses a MR16, with enough umph to cross the drive. The flush mount would act more as edge indicators.

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
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    James, they are concrete, flat top and probably have some rebar but we can cut it. Core drilling and mounting a recessed fixture was what I had in mind, thanks for the fixture. I lokd at the Viking as wel, I may give them both options and let them decide which they prefer.

    Bob, thnaks for the link, I'll look into that one as well.
     
  6. RLI Electric

    RLI Electric LawnSite Senior Member
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    That Vision 3 fixture is HEAVY duty and I think it may allow you to cast light right over the top of the curbing. Allowing you to work in the dirt instead of trying to core through the block. Might be a tight angle core boring through that with no relief for the body of the drill itself.
     
  7. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have done some of the options suggested for folks who just did not want path lights, but I gotta be honest. the best way to light this is using paths. you would use less fixtures, have better spread, and use less wattage. I'm not a fan of the path especially in turf, but it is the right fixture to use here.
     
  8. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Use a heavy directional bollard for the grass. 30" tall mounted in concrete. Not the most ideal solution but certainly the most effective. Its not always a perfect situation and sometimes you have to know when to fall back on less desirable but more effective options.
     

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