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pop up lv fixtures

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by niteliters, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. niteliters

    niteliters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 537

    have a client who wants his lights to pop up when on, go down when off. the little I have seen was junk and it's been so long since I looked at it I couldn't find anything on internet or here. is there a place still selling this kind of stuff. I told him I think it's the wrong thing for several reasons but maybe there's something out there I am unaware of. I think what I saw was run in conjunction with or tied into an irrigation system. can;t remember. if you know of a website, that would be helpful
  2. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    RAB used to make a line of retractable bollards. They were mechanically complex units and prone to failures. They were also wickedly expensive at around $1100 each as I recall. It has been many years since they built these.

    A few years ago I was joking around with my Brother In Law, Steve Marysiuk from Rainbird Irrigation, that someone should make a line of rotary sprinkler heads with high intensity laser lights installed. The light would then fill the stream of water when the irrigation system was on! Im sure some killjoy would quash the idea as water and electricity are not a great combination.
  3. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    I saw something like this at lightfair back in 08. It was pneumatic. You had to run a small air line with your wires. The small malibu looking transformer had something like an air pump inside. When the trans came on the air pressurised the lines and the things popped up like 12 inch irrigation heads.

    The quality didnt seem on par with something you would do tho Chris.
  4. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 751

    Seems like a service nightmare. Could you imagine installing that? Im guessing it would be a small gauge line like the ones used for pressure gauges in cars?

    I can see it working with a cdrom sort of mechanism and a mercury switch.
  5. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,578

    seems like a terrible idea, but awesome at the same time. Give Joey a call and see how custom they really are, being out in california I'm sure he can go by a lowrider shop or something and get some parts.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2010
  6. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,173

    I played around with this a couple of years ago. I used a small 12v motor from a cars antenna extender. The problem I ran into was you either had to go with a solid fixture and bury the housing tube 30" in the ground or make the internal fixture telescopic. The telescopic fixture kept sticking and wouldn't fully extend. I havn't tried the full length config though. The motor was a little weak, but there are more powerful motors out there that could work. The biggest problem though, as James stated, They are mechanically complex and the chance of a problem is too high. Not to mention they would cost a fortune to manufacture. Yada Yada,....pipe dreams I guess.
  7. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    Kudos to you Tim for trying this. It does sound like a neat idea, but the concept of burying motors and controls... well we all know what would happen in short order. Then think of how few markets would have the appropriate soil and climatic conditions to make the ongoing function of this feasible. I sure wouldn't work up here, certainly not in the winter.
  8. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,173

    :laugh: Yeah, I can just imagine it now. The customer calls me and tells me he hears a high pitched squeel in his yard. He says it sounds like some animal has a terrified squirrel in it's mouth. "No that is not an injured squirrel you are hearing sir, that is just the little 12v motor in your lights trying to push the 5" path light top and 30" stem up through 3' of wet heavy snow, just unplug it for now and I will fix it in the spring.".......Yeah, like that's going to happen.
  9. niteliters

    niteliters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 537

    thanks everyone, very helpful.
  10. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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