Project 217

project 217 at night

Project 217 has 87 LED fixtures on the project not including the custom lamps and consumes 361 watts. The cost, in electricity for each month, is $6.59. If this same system was installed with halogen lamps, those 87 lamps would consume 2,371 watts at a cost of $43.27 per month in electricity. The cost to replace those 87 lamps over 20 years of operation would cost $10,639.20 (no service or labor cost) whereas the cost of replacing lamps in the LED system is $0.00. Over the 20 year life of the LED system, you would recover 91% of it's installation cost in operational costs alone as compared to halogen.

custom Orleans lamp at night

Lamp level view of this custom hand crafted lamp shows the simple detailing in it's construction. Youn can also see that the light source resides in the hood and therefore hides from normal view during the evening.

custom lamp light pattern

The custom lamps on project 217 cast a very nice pattern of light that is very functional while residing subtly in the night landscape.

complex night facade

How many lighting zones do you see here? If you said 8, I have a job for you!

Let's count them:

  1. Left upper facade
  2. Left lower facade
  3. Tall, narrow center facade
  4. Right upper gable facade
  5. Bay window panel 1
  6. Bay window panel 2
  7. Bay window panel 3
  8. Bay window panel 4

Each panel of the Bay window should be treated as a separate target to control the light in this tight area.

play gym in the ight landscape

This play gym can become the focal point in this night scene as well as provide functionality.

play gym at night

The kid's play gym is not necessarily what you want as part of the night landscape, but on the other hand, if you have a party in the evening you might want a safe place for the kids to play. The answer is "a switch." This play gym is isolated from the lighting system by a switch but it is part of the lighting system. As you can see, the light level for all the fun stuff is high enough for the kids to see what they're doing and the parents to see what they are doing too!

treeline lit at night

In the foreground, the retaining wall is lit with a linear grazing technique which applies silhouetting to the plants in front of the wall. In the background, the tree line is being uplit to create a spatial dimension in the overall view. It is helpful to think of night scenes as a picture frame. In this view, the Crepe Myrtles (left one not visible) will provide the bracket or sides of the picture frame, the silhouetting provides the focal point or image and the tree line forms the background.

basketball goal at night

The client requested lighting on the basketball court in the backyard. We lit this court from two directions and two different heights. The crosslighting technique reduces the shadowing from any point on the court. This section of lighting is controlled by it's own switch and can be turned off if the court is not being used.

project 217 front stairs

Another challenge we often face is providing functional lighting for stairs after all construction is completed. There are only a few ways to light this stairway due to it's location and construction. We have chosen to mount the light sources on the back side of the lower columns and aim back toward the top of the stairs. This approach needs to be carefully applied as improperly aimed light can night blind pedestrians coming down the stairs.

In high visibility areas, it's not acceptable to have wires or raceways in sight for a professionally installed system. The little facade above the front entry is impossible to light effectively unless you have experience in the building trades. Even with extensive experience, we had to find the right information from the builder to get power to this location.

project 217 center facade at night

All the center facades in project 217 are constructed with stone which is easier to light than if the lighter stucco surfaces were intermingled. The difficulty comes in here with the terrace butting up to the facades which leaves no place to set fixtures to implement the grazing technique. If we are brought in during the construction phase we can make allowances for these issues but most times the structure is complete before we start the lighting project.

The best option for lighting facades in these situations is to mount floods on the perimeter of the terrace, inside of the railings or balusters. (to eliminate shadows) The challenge with this approach is to keep the light controlled enough to keep it out of people's eyes when coming out of the front door. The other light pollution challenge is to reduce light flooding into the lower windows. This can be accomplished by careful placement and aiming of the light sources.

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