Finally, some photos....

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by JimLewis, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,876

    Ok. A few of you have been asking for a while to see some photos of our lighting jobs. Well....I finally got some up. This was the first of several photo shoots we'll be doing over the next couple of weeks;

    Let me know what you think. Which photos stand out, which you didn't like, etc.
  2. AJ Lawnscapes

    AJ Lawnscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    Very nice!

    I think you should have lit the Flag up better.

  3. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,876

    Yah, I've been working on that. It's trickier than you might think. I've got a 15 degree 50w spotlight pointing at it right now. I used to have 2 big well lights trying to light it up and they weren't doing the trick. I also tried a 30 degree and 45 degree bulb in there as well. What I have in there now has lit it up the best. But it's still not what I wanted.

    My next attempt is going to be to install a spotlight in one of the nearby tree branches and point it right at the flag. I was also thinking of two spotlights. And instead of placing them directly under the flagpole, I'd place them 5' or 10' out and criss-cross them right about where the flag is waving. That's tricky too. I'll figure something out.

    Thanks for taking a look!
  4. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    Jim... Flags are lit best when you triangulate the light. Generally 3 lights at 35w with 36 degree bulbs. Some variance willbe needed depending on ambient light.... hieght and size of flag ... I did one with the lights 4 from the pole in a triangle and it worked well. In your situation 2 lights might be better.

    I see you got your home done. Got that pondless lit up too..I worry about thoes lights so close to a public sidewalk... Might get vandalized or otherwise disturbed.

    Now the crusher. I think with a few nights practice you can take better pics than this guy can. His pics are really over exposed in most cases. He may take brilliant daytime or wedding photos but night time is a whole new scene.

    I am in no way degrading your work at all. On another note... When you need a wash light and its visable look at unique stellars... Ultra small and alot less visable. On the downlighting in the eaves... are thoes 60 degree bulbs ? any lenses ? I think you can get better coverage from them for a softer effect. I have a real feeling tho its mostly his pics and the hot spots showing in the pics.

    Keep it up!
  5. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,646

    photos look pretty good, I agree on the flag thing, flags always sem to drink light, and folks always like them super bright. I really like how your site counts how many times a photo is viewed.

    If your lighting side of your business grows, you might consider letting a designer do that side of the site for you in a different look. you seem to cover alot of areas of landscape, and more folks are looking for a lighting specialist these days than a generalist. The other sides of your site work well to communicate to others what you do and where you do it, but in lighting I like a site that looks super slick.

    But then, while I am saving money to do my website slick- you're out there and have pictures posted! good luck with lighting- dave g

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