lighting large driveways

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Infinity Landscapes Inc, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. Infinity Landscapes  Inc

    Infinity Landscapes Inc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    I'm doing a demo for a client with a large driveway maybee 20' wide and 200+ feet long. She had a company line everything with commercialy large pathlights that got trashed over the years. She would light to light it up But I do not want the runway look. She said she would like it bright. My thoughts were to triangleulate with spot lights hidden among rocks to protect them. I have used the turtle light but not to found of them. I will post pics next week of this mess i'm trying to light up.
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  2. Tomwilllight

    Tomwilllight LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    Do you have a snow removal problem in Tigard OR? Are there any trees along the drive?

  3. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,187

    Not a lot of snow in the Portland area. But I am wondering about any existing large trees flanking the driveway for downlighting opportunities.
  4. Tomwilllight

    Tomwilllight LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    Yep, I would sure consider using tree-based down light. Keep those lights out of the way of lawn mowers and string trimers. I've often done lighted driveways with downlight and my clients love the look. Of course, your limitation is where and how big the existing trees are.

  5. Infinity Landscapes  Inc

    Infinity Landscapes Inc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    I have tried to talk them into trees along the driveway but they do not want that. Hopefully When I get the pics up you will have a few ideas. What are your thoughts on cross lighting low to the drivewat like spot lights. Has any one done this. You should see the current lights from all the maintenance damage
  6. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    If there are currently no trees lining the driveway then don't worry about the downlighting option. Nothing the client would plant would be tall enough or thick enough to do nice, effective downlighting out of. The guys are talking about 'moon lighting', and you need to get up 24+ feet to make it look really nice. Tree mounted downlights in nursery stock / saplings always looks contrived in my opinion.

    As for cross lighting the drive the way you describe. I have done this on a couple of sections of paths and it has worked well for those applications, but I am not so sure it would be effective on a wide driveway that is several hundred feet long. You would need dozens of fixtures and it could result in a very glare filled view for those driving the cars or walking. Even if glare could be completely controlled, you would end up with a long section of staggered cross lights.... too much repetition can be a bad thing.

    Photos sure will help!

  7. Eden Lights

    Eden Lights LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 805

    No downlighting, then tell them to make sure their head lights work on the car.
  8. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,627

    sounds like it's time to bring in some bigger trees:weightlifter: It sounds like your option of trying to wash the dive with dim flood strategically hidden is going to be the best option if you want to avoid that runway look. But if she wants the runway look go all out and sequence those suckers.
  9. Infinity Landscapes  Inc

    Infinity Landscapes Inc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    well here is some pics of the demo and the driveway. I plan on lighting the trees at the entrance but they are stuck on path light all around the driveway and house. This is a 2 acre property and the want to replace all the bell lights and add some up lights. I will let you know what the results are if I get the job.any thoughts?

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  10. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,187

    Lovin the Nightscaping huge freakin bells, just dealt with some of those in Dec.

    That is an awfully nice disectum maple in the driveway. Place some uplights in the interior of that canopy and watch the red leaves glow.

    I wouldn't even mess with the driveway. It just looks silly with all those lights there.

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