rooftop demo rig

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Mike M, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I just put this together today with stuff from my garage. I placed it on my porch roof and it sat firmly. It can be tilted easily between 0 and 90 degrees on any pitched roof.

    The fixture is attached with a screw/wingnut combo and can easily be relocated to the outter holes, to fit against corners if necessary.

    I improvised this rig so I can easily experiment with fixture placement in the evening. I'm thinking I will be installing to the plank siding? Any tips appreciated.

    This is the NS miniwashliter without the stem.

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  2. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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  3. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I used extendable pool poles and just hold the light up while they look. Yours looks bulky and like alot of work. I guess yours is better if you want to leave the light but I wouldnt be leaving anything loose hanging on a roof. If it falls and cracks open someones head your liable.

    If it works for you roll with it.
     
  4. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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  5. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Joey, Billy, anyone: got a snapshot of how you rig those poles for demo'ing lights?

    Thanks, Mike
     
  6. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    Gosh, I could get one but I would need to go dig some out of storage. I will see if I can get my hands on some in the next day or so. We used our Stratesphere bracket turned verticlly and then tech screwed it to the aluminum painters pole. By using the Strat Bracket you can snap in any down light you choose to demo.

    I will see if I can find one to take some pics of. I havent used one in quite a while.

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    This is a picture of the Quasar 1 downlight mounted to a Strat Bracket.
     
  7. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I always figured a non-conductive pole would be better, so mine is the yellow fiberglass kind used for saws or pruners..
     
  8. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Alright, where did you guys get the pole idea?? It definately was not in the Moyer book.

    Anyways, tonight I used the rig I made, and it was helpful. My wife was saying stuff to guide me, but I was able to leave the fixture and back up to the street to see the effect. I tried right and left placements, as well as up and back placements from the fascade.

    I'd like to build a pole rig, too. I would still like to see how are you guys are mounting the fixtures to the end of the poles, if you can get images, thanks.

    Mike
     
  9. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Here's the first one I saw at a Nightscaping seminar back in 1989

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    I got this set up about 10 years ago, but since removed the PAR 36 and the MR-16 socket arrangement and just mounted a couple of fixtures on swivel brackets, one with an MR-16 2012, the other with a 2036, mostly to demonstrate the added glare reduction from a shroud and hex baffle, especially over patios, dining areas, etc...

    Here's what the NS website says:

    The TD-0116 Tree-Demonstrator holds an MR-16 lamp, a PAR-36 lamp and the ‘hanging’ fixture of choice (lamps and ‘hanging fixture’ sold separately). The Tree Demonstrator will attach to a FIBERGLASS telescopic utility pole (pole sold separately). The Tree Demonstrator allows for SAFE downlighting demonstration by keeping the users feet safely on the ground. (BE AWARE OF HIGH-VOLTAGE CABLES!!)
     
  10. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    man Mike would want a pic wouldnt he. Think of this mike... take a plastic stake and put it on a bandsaw... thin it down til you can fit it in the pole opening... done.

    Its really a hassle still to hold it steady when its 20 ft in the air and the whole time your asking the client hows that look. I have since went to installing the light and tell the client if they hate it I will take it down. Had one client ask me to readjust it but no one has asked me to take it down

    Another option is to bunjee the extendable pole to the tree. Its not rocket science to attash a light to the end of a stick (yes I have had a long day and still have not done invoicing tonight)
     

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