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Lighting up in a tree.

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by jlouki01, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. Eden Lights

    Eden Lights LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 805

    I have a job coming up and The Arch speced all the downlights (43) to be mounted at 40' If you need some practice, I will hold the ladder?

  2. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    sounds like its time to get that spider lift back in there Eddie.

    What kind of trees will they be ? We have a couple jobs where we had to illuminate large areas where we mounted the lunars at the 40 ft area.
  3. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    Eddie, You can let the Architect know that there really is not that much difference in effect between treemounted downlighting at 40' off the ground and at 30' off the ground. There is of course a huge difference in the cost of installation and the amount of risk that the installers will have to cope with.

    I have installed extensively at both heights and see no advantage to that last 10' of elevation. In fact, I am in the process of moving all of the 40' high treelights I have in the field down to the 30' level as they require service. The risks and expense of the higher height are just not worth it.

  4. Jeremy Sviben

    Jeremy Sviben LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    James, I think we all can appreciate this. The only exception I have found would be mature pines. Sometimes you have to go high to tuck a fixture into the naturally perfect shrouding and 360 days a year shadowing these great trees have to offer us. Jeremy Sviben
  5. drewguy

    drewguy LawnSite Member
    from D.C.
    Messages: 41

    But those other 5 days they look really terrible!
  6. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    95% of the time all we have to work with is pines.. Way to many of the great trees in and around homes were removed via Hurricane Katrina.
  7. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    There are pine tree and then there are pine trees! :)

    Our white pines here (not old growth) tend to soar up to between 60 and 100 feet from the ground, with some even taller, and have fantastic trunk and branch structures to work with. These and the Hemlock's provide us with some very cool moonlighting opportunities.

    I would love to someday get a job out on Vancouver Island or the Pacific NW USA, and have the opportunity to moonlight from as well as uplight some of the amazing old growth Cedar and Redwood trees. Now those trees are truly remarkable.

    (Photo is of a white pine here in Muskoka)

  8. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    on Mature pines here you wont see any branch structure until much higher (80 ft range. Cant go that high unless you doing merc vapors like 3 other companies are here.

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