Project 201

project 201 at night

Young plants offer limited shadowing but you can still see how the effect works here. The brick walls are lit but the light source accenting the trees and shrubs in the foreground casts a shadow of the plant's profile thereby adding a little interest to the overall view. These types of shadowing effects are desired while ones at the front entry are not.

project 201 center facades at night

This photo is included to further make the point of how shadowing affects the overall appearance of a project. The entry light is no turned on which supplies lighting to the top of the stairs but, as you can see, the stairs are a black hole. The stairs are so high that there is shadowing of the stair railing in the middle of the entry facade. This shadowing is not quite as noticeable with the entry light burning but it is still noticeable to an observant eye. One light placed underneath the gutter would remove that shadow and throw supplemental light on the stairs.

project 201 right at night

The large dormer in the middle of the picture and the half gable on the left are strong architectural features of this project. Not lighting them both would detract from the appeal of it's overall appearance. The only way to light these targets is to get up to their level. These types of applications are where LED technology is a real benefit to the project owner since there is no maintenance required.

project 201 far right night view

Take a close look at the shadowing on this slide. You may want to pause the slideshow to see the detail. The first thing to notice is the shadow above the right one story gabled facade. There is another roof line above this structure but since there is no light on it, at night, it doesn't exist. This is an important concept to understand in lighting. If the gables over the front entry and left tall gable had no light, how would it affect the look of this project?

The effect  is perhaps more noticeable where the one story front facade meets the taller return facade of the box window section. The front part of the facade is detailed nicely and is a part of the  look of the project but it fades into black and makes the facade look much more narrow than it really is. Details like this can make your project look odd or unnatural if you have an installer that doesn't notice these things or chooses not to light them to make their product cheaper.

project 201 curb view at night

One of the most useful architectural features of residential construction is the eaves and soffits. Uplighting is the primary technique used to take advantage of this feature and on this project make a noticeable statement. 

project 201 center view at night

This project demonstrates one of the true differences in design and installation technique Softscapes offers as compared to every other lighting entity in our area. Notice there are no sharp shadows on the corners of each facade. Each facade has a nice, distributed wash all the way to the upper regions. This effect is hard to achieve and is the basis for our company name. Most companies that claim to be professional lighters will place a light source against the wall on each corner of a facade, add a few path lights and call it a lighting job. The result is deep shadowing where the areas around the light source are washed out with no detail and in between the light sources is dark with no detail. If this a desired effect we can do that but if it's not what you want, only we can do that.