Project 207

column with planter at night

The only thing keeping this scene from being perfect is the glare created by the commercial sconces.

garden lounge at night

You can get an idea of how low the illumination level is on this patio by looking at the shadow cast by the garden chair. You might not be able to read your book out here, but you can definitely see where your cocktail is!

courtyard at night

An LED downlight wall wash provides a soft reflection of ambient light into the patio area while giving accent to the side walls. If you look to the upper left corner of this photo, you'll see the a portion of the light source.

project 207 left view at night

Using the grazing technique on the front entry and turret really shows how the shadows created by having the light source tucked in tight to the surface being lit changes the character of the structure at night versus the daytime. The texture of the rough stone is accentuated by the contrast created by the highlights on the raised areas and the shadows in the low areas. This kind of texture is a perfect target for grazing.

The Crepe Myrtle in the foreground is accented by one light source which is designed to highlight the multi-stem trunk. You can already see the light doesn't really do a great job of getting to the top foliage. As the tree grows, additional light sources will need to be added to properly illuminate the target. For this reason, we make sure to install a transformer that will accommodate future growth. Installing another transformer 5 years from now will require rewiring the system and cost much more than the few additional dollars you'll pay at this stage of construction.

project 207 center at night

Grazing is the technique used on the front facades. As you can see, this effect accentuates the texture of the surface being lit. The backlight provided by this technique also creates the silhouetting technique for the plant forms in the foreground. A good lighting design always takes all the architectural elements prominent in the day and gives them an appropriate focus in a night scene. Sometimes those elements that are less prominent in the day view become more pronounced in the evening. Such is the case for the little facade set back over the front entry. Not lighting that element would create a dark hole in the night view and when lit, has a greater role than during the daytime.

project 207 at night

The most prominent architectural feature of this project is the turret on the center right. Round targets require a slightly different treatment compared to flat targets. This particular turret is also taller than surrounding targets, and has a rough textured finish. All of these factors create unique problems. The other area that presents a small challenge is the drive entrance bracketing walls. The curvature of these short walls makes lighting with single source fixtures very difficult and expensive if the goal is to make the effect uniform. The best choice, in this case, is LED linear lighting. This technique utilizes multiple light sources spaced evenly to cast an evenly distributed light pattern.