Deck Bench Lighting ideas needed..

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by jlouki01, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. jlouki01

    jlouki01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    I have a customer who has a 25 year old system installed sometime in the 80's. How these have last I have no idea.. Under the seats they are bare bulb holders. No fixture.. nothing.

    I am trying to replicate something that will give him a similar effect.

    The bench is made with 2x4's turned on their side. He is very specific that he wants the lighting from under the benches.

  2. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    There are all sorts of linear, under rail / step style fixtures on the market that would work well there. Vista, Unique, Nightscaping, CAST, Hadco, Integral all have similar versions. Don't go overboard, and use nice soft low wattage lamps. Evenly space your fixtures and it should come out pretty nice.
  3. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 849

    I have used the Unique Vanguard in a similar application. Remove the masonry plate and attach under bench(s) in a safe middle location so as not to come into contact with bare skin or legs. Run wire over to post(s), conceal and make connections under deck. It can look great
    Good Luck!
  4. Terradek

    Terradek LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    Check out the new LED linear fixture from Kichler 15735 (6"), 15736 (12"), or the 15755 (18"). These are the latest offerings in this product category...great output, 15 year warranty, and the smallest fixture profile of any other product in this group. For Halogen fixtures check out the Masonliter from Nightscaping, the Vanguard 5 or 8 from Unique, the Line Light from Hadco (6", 12", 18", 24"), or the SD 500/501 from Encore. For a "soft" output look for fixtures with frosted lens.

    Each of these products has it's own pros and cons so research them before you buy.
  5. steveparrott

    steveparrott Sponsor
    Messages: 1,270

    Here's a similar job done by Paul Barcellos at the Chatam Bars Inn. He used some linear LED's - not sure what brand.


  6. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,553

    I used the Vista product in a similar application, but one drawback was the use of blowers by maintenance folks and the fact that the fixture lens is a little loose with gaps around it, and debris and water can get inside (and stay there) when blown at it at 180 mph (or whatever cthe air speed is out of the end of a leaf blower close to the ground).

    If you can find one with a sealed lens it might be a good idea, but on the other hand you said the originals used bare bulbs... probably SCBs?
  7. jlouki01

    jlouki01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453


    thats perfect and the same type of bench construction almost.
  8. jlouki01

    jlouki01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    The original was a bulb holder and wire.. No fixture or mount what so ever. I have no idea how it lasted 20+ years!. Regular wire nuts, black tape.. Everything you need to start a fire.
  9. steveparrott

    steveparrott Sponsor
    Messages: 1,270

    I'll PM you Paul's contact info in case you want to pick his brain.
  10. jlouki01

    jlouki01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453


    Thanks I had already looked him up and shot an email to him:)

    waiting on a response as to exactly what the product was.

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