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lighting up hedges

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


    CANADIAN MIKE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    Any ideas on properly lighting up hedges, hedges are well manicured, 50 feet wide with a height of 10 feet. Only delema is that fixture has to be within 1 foot of hedge line.
  2. Classic Lighting

    Classic Lighting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    A picture is worth 1,000 words.
  3. trailboss

    trailboss LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    Without seeing it I would have to say - equally spaced Well Lights with wide beam BAB's or Grazing with bullets from a couple points. Hard to say without a pic.
  4. Tomwilllight

    Tomwilllight LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    I'd go with the in-grade units with an ESX or FRA and a "linear spread lens". The linear spread lens distributed by Unique has a "tight" distribution on the narrow axis while the Abrisa lens is "looser." Both could work... it depends on how "manicured" the hedge is.

    Good quality in-grades will avoid accidental refocus by lawnmowers and small children.


    Oh yeah... a photo would help.

    CANADIAN MIKE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    thanks Tom, the linear lens you are talking about is the one that has the lines through it? There is no grass in the back yard and yes the hedges are well manicured:canadaflag:
  6. Tomwilllight

    Tomwilllight LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    Right. You will want to use a spot such as the ESX or FRA and orient the "lines" in the lens so they are perpendicular to the hedge. The spots will "fan out" to cover more of the hedge than a flood would; less light is wasted.

    I'd strongly suggest you mock-up using at least 2 uplights to find out how the edges of the fan will blend and how closely you'll have to space the fixtures to cover the hedge to your (and your client's) satisfaction.

    The Abrisa lens are more forgiving (a more blob-like extended oval) while the Unique lens create a tight and precise narrow line. Both are useful and should be in all Lighting Designers' Bag of Tricks.

    No grass? Good, then all you need to worry about is fast moving small mammals... or clumsy large ones.

  7. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,553

    The biggest issue as far as I'm concerned with lighting up hedges is one of how much damage the L/S maint. crew will do to your fixtures. Ladders and hedge trimmers and clumsy footfalls can wreak havoc, knocking fixtures out of adjustment or breaking them. And then there's the trimmings and debris on the lens issue. Make sure you have a conversation with the homeowner and the L/S maint. lead guy about who is responsible for what ahead of time.

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