Low Voltage lighting

When designed and properly installed, a landscape lighting system enables a homeowner to enjoy their landscape way after the sun goes down.  Achieving award winning results in landscape lighting requires an understanding of the principles of lighting design and an appreciation of the technology which lays at the core of the lighting system itself.

You can’t practice the ART, until you’ve mastered the SCIENCE of landscape lighting.  A good knowledge of many fields is needed before a great lighting design can be created.  For example, one must know how tall a baby tree is going to grow, in order to determine which wattage to use as an up light on the tree.  If you are up lighting a dwarf palm which only grows to six feet, then a 10 watt bulb will do.  If you intend to up light a tree which will reach 50 feet or more, then you will want to install at least a 50 Watt or bigger bulb.

The ABC’s of lighting are simple.  The heart of the landscape lighting system is the transformer.  The transformer does just that….It transforms high voltage from the wall socket, into 12 volt low voltage.

Each fixture has two wires which protrude from the electrical socket of the fixture.  These two wires are spliced into wires which connect into the transformer box.  That’s about as simple as it gets.  Depending on how many fixtures you tie together to form a “zone”, you connect each fixture the light which gets connected, and there you have it…Light.

The intention is to make the most of each fixture installed.  The next logical step is to hide the fixture in the landscape itself.  Fixtures should be hidden, unless the fixture itself is meant to decorate the landscape.  Lights should be positioned, to avoid creating direct eye contact.  Ideally, the garden would include several lights on the pathway and the seating areas.  Safety is always the top priority when designing a lighting system.  Steps should always be illuminated, as well as pathways.  Path lights should be staggered from one side of the path to the other, otherwise, you create what we call “The airline runway “effect”. 

The following categories represent the most popular techniques used in Garden Lighting.

  • Up lighting:  This is the most commonly used technique to illuminate trees, walls, and sculptures. 
  • Moonlighting:  This form of down lighting is located overhead and produces a moonlight effect.
  • Shadowing:  This form of lighting requires a strong plant form, such as yuccas, and a back wall.
  • Spotlighting:  Used sparingly, this technique picks out larger plants, statues and architectural forms.
  • Floodlighting:  These are broad light beams which create dramatic silhouettes.
  • Accent Lighting:  Small fixtures placed almost anywhere in the garden, to create a calm atmosphere.
  • Spread lighting:  Uses wide beam angles to light large areas such as lawns, borders and low shrubs.
  • Cross lighting:  This dramatic effect picks out statues, urns bonsai, and even gnarled tree trunks to high light.
  • Silhouetting:  This technique is often used to high light the outline of trees, palms and archways.
  • Underwater lighting  These submersible aquatic luminaries are used to illuminate the pond and particularly bright colored fish, such as KOI.

Enviroscape won the highest award at last years CLCA landscape lighting competition.  This represents years of learning and developing the best of the above techniques and harnessing these into the entire scheme of the landscape plan. 

Our lighting systems come with a full 10 YEAR WARRANTY (Material/labor included, light bulbs excluded).  No other company dares to make this offer.  Standing behind our product is easy, since we have done the research and use only the finest materials available.  We use either copper finishes or a double powder coated composite material.

Our System is just superior than anything out on today’s market.  We test each light to make sure it doesn’t burn too brightly, as this decreases bulb longevity.

We also offer fiber optic lighting upon request. This is the neon colored lighting which changes color.

Mike Garcia,
Landscape Design Contractor & certified Pond Builder
Founder of Enviroscape L.A. Landscaping,
Redondo Beach, Ca 90278
South Bay, California
Phone: (310) 374-1199
Email : mike@enviroscapela.com

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