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Unique's Manufacturing Process

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by nate mullen, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. Mike M

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

    That's cool, but I am curious about average medium-sized installs that can be done with 12v. or 24v. Where is the break even point in price comparison between a 12v. and 24v. system?

    At what point does it become a savings to use 24V? Can it be approximated by a benchmark of total feet of homeruns? Of course the wattages from bulbs will matter, but a formula could factor in these variables.
  2. nate mullen

    nate mullen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    I already have and sell this system and by the way GE makes the lamps. Are you still using 7.2 volt cordless drills. WE here in the USA are up to 28 volt cordless drills . As far as Industry standards go, should we adopt your method of voltage drop for a starter I am sure you would like that.........17 years ago I challenge the Voltage drop formula because it was wrong. It is my duty as a Manufacture and a Lighting Professional to also expose the inaccuracy, myths, ignorance statements. I chose and still choose to think outside the box....It is you that is fear full of change do you not want to teach your dogs new tricks?.......... Is the world still flat where you live. :usflag:to a brighter future, Nate
  3. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    I have to question that cost estimate of $5k to run line voltage to the end of a driveway! To power a 250w load you would not need anywhere near the infastructure that Nate quoted.

    If the soils are co-operative they would simply pull a 10/2 NMWU in with a vibratory plow to 18" depth. If the soils are un-coperative then they would pull TEK armoured cable instead. We are talking hundreds not thousands. I have this done regularly by a variety of EC's here.
  4. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    This post has been edited by M. Donovan. The original version was insulting and inflammatory to me personally. I am not sure why Nate Mullen would sink to such levels on a public forum.

    My original response has been removed too. The gist of it was that Mr. Mullen should be ashamed of his remarks and that I no longer have the time or the interest to participate here.

    To the true professionals out there doing great work for great people, I wish you all luck and prosperity and hope that we can cross paths in person in the near future. Adieu.

    Merry Christmas.
  5. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    James, Nate's comment was edited and bassicly said he understands why some get on your case. I saw it and I think they only changed one line. It was not any worse than than things you have said about Unique Lighting in this forum and in other places. You need to understand that Nate would not jump down someones throat if he did not feel provoked or attacked. Nate does not need me to stand up for him but I do know what he was and is upset about. You choose to call us out and then back away. You then bring out your loyal ns distributor to pin us on 1838 and then love to gloat about it. You cannot sit so high up then drop down to a low level only to claim you are still taking the high road. No body wants you to leave this forum, we know how much you have to offer here. But if you cant take the heat then you should not dish it out, especially to those who are only trying to improve the industry.

    Bottom line is you have started atleast 3 threads trying to pin Unique on something. "Whats So Unique" if you really want to know, we dont allow people to make us look like we are trying to ruin the industry. We dont sit there and teach bad VD methods, and we dont always do things that are in your words "traditional". We want to push this industry and if we hurt some feelings along the way that I guess thats just something that is going to happen. So many people have tried to build there fences higher but they cant hold us in. We will continue to let that fire burn and we will continue to try and produce products and materials and techniques that are going to better this industry and make your lives easier.

    Joey D.
  6. nate mullen

    nate mullen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    James, Are you an Electrical contractor? I was. NEVER NEVER NEVER would you pull cable in with a plow............................at least not in the USA. Its closer to the 5K than 100's you state.
  7. nate mullen

    nate mullen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    James, It was not my intention for you to leave this forum. As a lighting professional you offer experience and expertise to all of those that participate here. Which is why when you state facts, or your opinion as facts, they have to be true. I have sat here for weeks reading some of your posts that are simply not true, undermine and insult me and my company. My original post is the one posted now as far as I can tell…..Its is always in the best interest of any profession to move forward, challenge and innovate. Anyway I look forward to meeting at the ALOP. To a brighter future, Nate Mullen
  8. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,173

    The argument could also conversly be made that there is too much standardization nowdays in the low volt systems. Why do you think we have to fight homeowners who can run down to just about any hardware store and find parts to fiddle with their own systems instead of calling a lighting specialist. Things have been made very easy for them. I realize it also because it doesn't require any licenses or certifications to work on it but maybe it should. I think alot of these parts are available to them because of industry standardization to a degree.
    I don't see the problem with different voltages. An electrician deals with many types of lights and voltages. 12v, 120v, 240v 480v and so on. Why would it be such a problem as lighting specialist to adapt to different technology and techniques for different situations, just as an electrician would.
    In my humble opinion, the more sophisticated the systems become the more we are going to see the homeowners and tinkerers staying away from lighting and leaving it to the trained specialists.
    I am fine with new technology. I am a smart enough guy to be able to track my clients and their hardware. I also don't have any problem keeping a variety of components available in my truck.
    Sorry James, I am not harping on you man. Just my perspective of the issue.

    SOUTHERNGREENSCAPES LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 763

    James, I am not a lighting professional by any means. I am about as green as you can to this industry, but that does not keep me from noticing someone with a personal riff when I see it. I do not understand your problem with a 24V system. it may be my ignorace to the technology, but my view is, there are plenty of products outhere on the industry that have a very limited application and this may very well be one of them, but there have to be uses for this product or Nate would not spend well earned money to put it into production. My view is, if you don't need it, don't buy it, if you don't think it will be a success and will be harmful to the industry, then that will be Nate that suffers the reprocussions.

    Also, if you have a riff with someone here, i don't see a problem with confronting them, but if it gets personal enough, don't expect someone to sit idle by and just take it. If it gets bad enough, don't be surprised when LS yanks the thread.
  10. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,553

    So, if these 24 V lamps are readily available, how and where are they used in other parts of the world? How long have they been in use and what kind of a track record do they have?

    Things change.... new standards get accepted for one reason or another. My old '66 VW bug had a 6 volt system. I'm glad it's not the standard for cars.

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