Any Lighting Design Ideas? Photos attached.

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Venturewest, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. Venturewest

    Venturewest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    Here are a few photos from a lighting job I am getting ready to start. I have been to some training but this will be my first design on my own. I will post a few photos with my ideas if you guys have any input.

    1) Cross light fountain. My lights need to be far enough back to clear drystack wall?

    2)Subtle broad downlight to soften the whole bed.

    3)Possible tall pathlight. Not really sure I want that, I am open to suggestions here.

    4)Create backlighting for the fountain in this area possibly by uplighting the photinia and juniper in the background.

    I would appreciate any input. And I will post a few more areas.
    I can't wait to light this up and post some after photos.

  2. Venturewest

    Venturewest LawnSite Senior Member
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    Blue Atlas Cedar.

    I would like to downlight the blue atlas from the gutters, one light on each side of the cedar to softly illuminate the branches. I dont know if I want to run a wire all the way up the brick though. Any other options?

    How would one uplight directly behind the trunk of the cedar look?

    LightingDickerson 006.jpg
  3. Venturewest

    Venturewest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    Future flagstone patio area. A beautiful group of trees. I was thinking downlighting. It is about a 18' x 18' area from outside radius of trees. Maybe Uplighting on the Japanese maple on the right edge of the grouping, but I don't want to create glare anywhere for the people on the patio.
  4. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I would not downlight this tree from the gutters simply because the tree extends up past the gutters. In so doing you will have some of the tree that is not illuminated.

    I would think that one uplight located behind the tree might give it a bit of a gaunt, spooky look. Best to use two or more if this is the way you are going. Personally, I don't think that is a very healthy looking tree. (I am not familiar with that species though) I generally try to avoid bringing attention to foliage that is not close to perfect.

    I like your ideas for the fountain area... Are their any other viewing angles that you might be missing?

  5. Venturewest

    Venturewest LawnSite Senior Member
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    Here is the photo that goes to last post.

  6. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The cedar looks OK. It's main problem is its location... I wouldn't ever plant it so close to a structure knowing that it will normally grow to a mature height of maybe 70 to 100 ft. tall.

    Far from windows, out in the yard it could be dramatically lit from below... where it is growing is more challenging in so many ways...
  7. Venturewest

    Venturewest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    Thanks for the response. Not illuminating the top was my big hesitation on the cedar even though the main viewing of the foliage would be from inside or the patio. The wooden deck area to the right is another possible viewing area. The tree is actually healthy. People here go crazy for these trees and unfortunately they are usually planted way to close to structures such as this one.

    I thought about uplighting on each side of the tree also, but I was afraid that would be a problem when it is so close to the concrete patio.
  8. Venturewest

    Venturewest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    Here is an overview of the area from the patio.

    LightingDickerson 001.jpg
  9. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My .02 cut the tree down, then maybe light the door from the gutter. OR Pete would love to see you light up brink there in between the windows. Again my .02
  10. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    That Cedar doesnt need a light it needs a new home. Move it or get rid of it. Your best move here would be to demo. Hard to say if your tree lights would work for the patio area. Depends on your lamp choice... the intended use of the area and the hieght in which you will be mounting the fixture.

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