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niche lights

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Mike M, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
    from usa
    Messages: 1,988

    I have a home that needs gutter-mounted lights to reach gables, etc. Is there a popular fixture for this application? The Cast niche light looks appropriate. Any suggestions?

    I'll post some pic's soon of the house.


  2. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Kingsland, Texas
    Messages: 2,214

    I like the Unique Stellar for a mimi wash light or the Kichler 15498AZT MR11 fixture for a spot light.
  3. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 849

    Paul, Can you get the K15498 in AZT I thought it only came textured white?
  4. bmwsmity

    bmwsmity LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Ohio
    Messages: 276

    I also like the Unique Stellar. Nice and small, and with a 10,000 bulb, they are great because they are super low-maintenance - perfect for a fixture requiring a ladder to get to.
  5. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    Mike.... i dont think the Cast Niche light is made to be installed upside down like that. There is no protection for it since its just a socket and bulb up inside the housing with no lens... They are slick little lights and I am about to install 4 of em at my house in the rafters above our covered deck to downlight some plants on the deck and the table as well. It a powerful little light with a removeable reflector to diminish the output as desired and uses a bi pin bulb. Not good tho in your application.

    I agree the stellars are hard to beat... super low profile and they come stocked with all the lenses you could hope for. While they are a bit pricey they are awsome. While I have not used the unimount I hear thats a great way to mount them in your application.

    If your downlighting the niche light would be a great option.
  6. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
    from usa
    Messages: 1,988

    Great info. I'll look into the Unique light.

    This subject brings up a good question; are the aluminum fixtures more acceptible if they are out of the soil? I think, because of my region, I still need to stay away from the aluminum.

    I'll look to see if Kichler has a brass or copper down light.
  7. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    Nighscaping makes two fantastic little fixtures for soft washing... The constitution is all copper and uses a bi-pin fixture and has an adjustable eyelid for cut-off / glare control.

    The brand new Mini-Washliter is also all copper and uses a bi-pin lamp. It comes as a wall mount or stake mounted and has a frosted lens and dimpled reflector. An accessory shield is available.

    These are both great fixtures for mounting on buildings and highlighting dormers, walls, and other features.

    Have a great day.
  8. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    I think you just answered your own question there Mike.
  9. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    AVOID ALUMINUM!!! Usually the corrosion starts right around the knucle or where there are any screws. Even from the factory the powder coat can have some imperfections that water always exploits. I know there are "SPACE and AERO GRADE" Aluminums out there but it all corrodes over time.
  10. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,843

    Why is it that the rain gutters are made out of aluminum, yet you never see these all corroded and oxidizing. I just went outside to look at my gutters just to make sure, and they look like brand new. They have been there for 15 years! And what about towers for fishing boats? These are raw aluminum, not powder coated, and withstand being drenched with sea-spray day in and day out. What's up with that?

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