Thank you to all my forum friends

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by starry night, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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    On February 7, 2011 I started this thread:

    Little did I know the journey I had ahead of me. Thanks to all of you guys for your inspiration and technical advice.

    I remember one member saying that lighting would overtake my other landscaping interests. That it has. After moving to a new market, I decided to concentrate only on landscape and architectural lighting, giving up general landscaping.

    Here are a couple photos of the home that we built -- one daytime and a couple at night with my lighting.

    It's a free-speech forum here so I can't tell you NOT to comment but I don't want to be patronized nor do I need heavy criticism.
    Tips for my future work are welcome.

    I know it's fairly good for a novice pro but I also am able to recognize the defects in the lighting and in the representation of it in the photos.

    Again, I am grateful to you all for getting me started in this new phase of my profession.




    Last edited: Jul 18, 2012
  2. jana

    jana LawnSite Member
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    Enjoy it! You earned it, capitalism at work!

    Put an iron door on the front and your set. :)
  3. Richie@

    Richie@ LawnSite Member
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    Your home and Lighting looks very nice.
  4. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Looks Great Phil! One tip to try, put some frosted glass lenses on your MR16's that are grazing the stone walls of the house. It will minimize beam patterns and hot spots and I believe you will be very happy with the overall softening of the light.
  5. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thanks Tim. You know how so many on this forum say "it doesn't look that bright in person." I already put in frosted lenses for this purpose (before the photo was taken.) I might be grazing from a little too far out --about 19 or 20 inches. What do you think?
  6. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Distance away from a wall is always a personal preference, but I like to keep about 12" between the wall and the front edge of the fixture so the wash doesn't get too flat. However, getting this close means lensing is important because of greater incidence of beam lines and hot spots.
  7. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What watt bulb did u use on the small eve gutter mount?
  8. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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    Muddy, If you are talking about over the front entrance, those are 10w halogen. Most of the fixtures have LEDs, but I haven't found an LED that I like for the small wash fixtures.
  9. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    I love the house but the lighting is a little hot in the corners. I do want you to know that I have never done any landscape lighting so not a pro opinion, but I have done alot of stage lighting which carries alot of the same ideas. The hot spots could be the camera's white balance is off a little.
  10. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 751

    Starry what guttermount fixture are you using
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