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Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Lite4, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. Outdoor Advantage

    Outdoor Advantage LawnSite Member
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    The LED's do look pretty good. White houses definitely reflect more light. I will attach a stucco house that we did this past summer in all halogen. You can definitely see that halogen still packs a bigger punch.

    I would have liked to see this contractor do more second level lighting and sets backs to even the lighting effect on the house out and rid some of the dark spaces.

    I do like the Cast light source though, good job.

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  2. indylights

    indylights LawnSite Member
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    "I would have liked to see this contractor do more second level lighting and sets backs to even the lighting effect on the house out and rid some of the dark spaces. "


    Don't get me wrong, your work looks good, but comparing the two houses, I think the contractor in NJ did a better job of doing exactly what you said above, as well as the slightly dimmer light looking more natural. Because of that, I think his project actually looks more custom. Brighter isn't always better. I also like uplighting the trees as well so the house isn't just saying "look at me" with no contributions from the nature around it. Then again, as long as the homeowner is happy, that's the bottome line. And different designers and installers have differing opinions as well. I also applaud everyone who puts up pictures. It takes guts to have your work out there for everyone to critique, so well done.

    Scott Maloney
    Sunflower Landscapes
     
  3. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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    Des, On your house, I would like to see a little light on the roof just to show it is there. In full darkness, what you lighted would have given the house an odd shape.
     
  4. Outdoor Advantage

    Outdoor Advantage LawnSite Member
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    Thank you guys for the comments! This is all very true. It all depends on what the homeowner is looking for and allows you to do. For instance, I would have liked to see more second level lighting on the NJ project, but the homeowner may have to had room in the budget for the extra few lights.

    As in my project, the homeowner was not worried about having any accent lighting in his surrounding trees except for the palms.

    I think we all sometimes wonder why other contractors design and install what they do, but we often forget it's the customer stroking the check and sometimes we can't sell or influence our way into our perfect system.

    Would love to see more new projects up here. Thanks for everyone's contributions.
     
  5. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Scott,
    The picture Des posted is probably much brighter in the photo than in reality. Look at the driveway in the photo, the shot is overexposed which makes it brighter. So trying to compare the "light level" of the NJ project and this one is really not fair, unless you have seen both in person. We have all experienced a blown out photo due to overexposure and high contrast. In reality it probably glows nicely. Yes, some houses can be lit too much, I agree (didn't always, but I do now), but it again comes down to the customers expectations and making them happy.
     
  6. indylights

    indylights LawnSite Member
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    Tim,

    I agree with you and think I was pretty clear when I said as long as the homeowner is happy, that's all that matters. I unfortunately do not know that much about photography, so I'll take your word on the overexposure. I obviously haven't seen either project in person, just going by the posted pictures. And again, I give everyone who has the guts to post pictures tremendous props for doing so.

    Scott Maloney
    Sunflower Landscapes
     
  7. Moonlight Complements

    Moonlight Complements LawnSite Member
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    Hello all. Love following the thread and seeing everyones beautiful work. I thought I would add some of my own for constructive criticism. I used all PM Lighting halogens. Combination of par 36 well lights, MR16 bullets, bi-pin wash lights/path lights.

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  8. Moonlight Complements

    Moonlight Complements LawnSite Member
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  9. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looks great guys...... Pm lighting is a new one for me. Alot of it looks like Outdoor lighting perspective fixtures.
     
  10. Outdoor Advantage

    Outdoor Advantage LawnSite Member
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    Hey Paul! The house looks great. Nice even wash. I will use PM on rare occasion, if a customer is set on an OLP style that they saw at a neighbors house or something. I prefer Unique Lighting's finishes because how well they blend installed.

    I can't tell about the landscape from this perspective. It looks kind of weird, not by fault of lighting design, simply the ornamental trees seem out of place or something from a landscape design and install perspective.

    Nice work. Thanks for sharing.
     

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