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Water feature lighting?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by PaperCutter, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,996

    We just finished a water feature, 6' tall granite "water wall" between two stone veneered columns. LS won't let me post the pic in multiple places but photos are at the bottom of the page: http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=403011

    I'm trying to figure out the best way to light this so that the water dances at night, without causing gnarly hot spots. For downlighting, I can mount two of those 18" Kichler LED light "strips" under the cap, but I won't have a lot of control. Am I better off uplighting? I have plenty of depth in the river jack at the base to sink something.
  2. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    I think you will generate a lot more drama and effect by uplighting this water feature. In so doing you will capture all of the droplets, spray and flow of the water and get that 'dancing' effect you are looking for. Just be sure to use wide spread beams or even wide flood fixtures from just below the water line in the collecting pool. Also be prepared to try varying intensities of lamps inside the fixtures. Using more fixtures with lower light levels is bound to give you a more even, soft, pleasing effect than using too few fixtures with relatively brighter lamps.
  3. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,170

    I have done these a bunch. Use a good wide spread lense because if you are going to catch the water action coming down the stone, you are going to have to get the lamps within 6" or so of the bottom of your stone and you don't want big hot spots. If you place them too far out from the bottom of the vertical stones you will diminish the light play on the stone a bit and it will simply appear "flat".
  4. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,170

    Oh yeah, Uplighting completely. Don't put those hideous purple, green and white colored K****** brand hardscape lights in there. Yuck!
  5. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,996

    thanks, that reinforces what I thought. The homeowber's convinced the light should tuck up under the cap and I had my doubts.

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