Uplight a marquee located in city easement? Solutions / suggestions invited

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by OKSooner, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. OKSooner

    OKSooner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    Hello all,

    Next question... I have a client I did a small landscape for a few years ago, including lights. It's a small building located in the older part of my home town. Out in front, they have a couple of galvanized steel poles planted in a lawn area that they use to hang temporary banners and stuff for different events that they have now and then.

    So, I ran a couple of PAR36 well lights out to the spot where they'd uplight the banners when they're in place. A simple toggle switch inside the building, which was easy to do in this case turns them on/off independent of the two other zones.

    Good in theory, not so good in practice. The well lights fill up with bermudagrass clippings when they mow and the screw-top grate covers are showing the wear from me unscrewing them for cleaning.

    So the client wants something else. Something other than plain ol' well lights, that will uplight his sign and will be durable when he mows and/or trims around them.

    So I'm not sure what to do, or what fixture to use. It's gotta be something low-maintenance that will uplight the temporary banners he puts out (about 2' x 6', hung up at eye level).

    Another concern I have is that this is a city easement area right next to the curb. NOT that the city might come tear it up someday, but just the proximity to where people are out walking the street at night.


  2. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    You could look into some sign style MR16 fixtures and custom pole mounts. Provide a convenient quick connect at the top of the pole. When the banners are installed the lights are too and they are then properly lit from above.
  3. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,187

    James got it, that's the way I would go.
  4. OKSooner

    OKSooner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    Okay, thanks. I can do the QD part... what about the custom pole mount? Point me in the right direction... please.

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  5. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    I would look to either BK Sign Stars or Vision3 Sign Fixures and then look to a stage rigging company for some fixture clamps that can accomodate the 3/4" diameter threaded stems that the fixtures use.
  6. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    Alternatively you could contact Vision3 directly and see if they would build you some custom pipe clamp mounts for you.
  7. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,646

    It should not be too hard to find u-bolts at a local hardware store that are slightly larger than the pole diameter you currently have installed. drill out the rectangular plate that comes with them and bolt surfce mount lights to pole. If the pole is 4 inches in diameter or more, I would use glavanized heavy duty self tapping screws and just mount a surface mount plate directly to pole, usually a 1/2" thread, for a standard mr-16 spot and use a 12" extension from the plate to get the light out a bit farther. I would run the LV wire in a seperate 1/2" galv. steel pipe going up to the light and bury 6" in the ground to protect wire from mower and weedeater.

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