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Boxwood Hedge?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Summerscapes, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. Summerscapes

    Summerscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    What fixture would you use to illuminate a formal boxwood hedge approx 2-3' tall?

    I was looking at Unique's Nova fixture...
  2. The Lighting Geek

    The Lighting Geek LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 886

    I would try downlighting it if possible. Also a Stellar might work as well with a 10 or even a 5 watt bulb if 20 is too strong.
  3. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Kingsland, Texas
    Messages: 2,214

    I agree with Tommy, you need a small wash or down lighting. The smallest wash that I know of is the Unique Stellar.
  4. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,553

    What if parallel hedges line a brick walkway and there are no trees or structures to downlight from?
  5. The Lighting Geek

    The Lighting Geek LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 886

    I would possibly use an Endeavour, Expedition or Centaurus 48" or 60" stem (area light). It would depend on it relates to the rest of the portrait and view points. Also a Solaris might work. My first choice would be to create ambient light through washing and uplighting nearby smaller trees or shrubs and if that isn't getting it done, then look at area lights.:)
  6. The Lighting Geek

    The Lighting Geek LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 886

    There is always my backup plan: observer with a skyhook mount.:laugh:
  7. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    depends on the situation. There is no one correct answer. I generally dont light hedges and let the ambience I create light them.

    Maybe its just me but I cant see a boxwood being a focal point. If I needed to light some along a walkway and there was no downlighting options I would probably opt for the endeavor or other tall pathlights.

    I also wouldnt use the nova unless it needs to go in a rock area....recessed application or something similar. Too easy for that small in grade fixture to get covered up.
  8. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,553

    In a case I ran across and planned a lighting job for last summer (and was rejected based on cost) there were hedges lining a walk... actually slightly overgrowing the walk...

    The solution I came up with was area lights informally spaced in middle of the hedge, combined with uplighting some medium size trees and hoping to get some of the light to bounce back onto the walk...

    You can see some junk solar fixtures and parts of an old line voltage pagoda light system there at the time the photos were taken.

    There are some older white birches that I planned to light, but not near the walks... and a couple of crape myrtles at one end by the driveway... not really good candidates for screwing a fixture too either.

    Lots of formally pruned shrubs near walks that might be interesting to light, but no convenient spots for fixtures.

    BTW Billy, the boxwoods weren't a focal point, just happened to line the path that the customers wanted lit between their entry and driveway.
  9. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    thats different greg. you had to light the walkway. The original post calls for lighting a boxwood and speaks nothing of lighting a walkway.
  10. ccfree

    ccfree LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    Two thoughts come to mind. Try the 4411 par 36 lamp which has a trapezoidal beam pattern. You can also try an MR-16 lamp with a linear spread lens which will give you a horizontal beam pattern that you are looking for. This will only work if you have enough distance back from the formal boxwood hedge. Just point the lines on the linear spread lens facing vertical.

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