We’ll start by saying that this was an incredibly fun project to design and install. At it’s core, the purpose of this landscape lighting installation was to provide light to the entry of the property to make it easier to navigate. The driveway is 800-feet long, tree covered and meanders from the road to the house in near pitch black darkness. We recommended uplighting the trees and potentially placing downlights in various locations to help light the way.
The homeowner, a former Navy pilot, saw something a little different.
During the demo, in which we setup lights at night to get a sense of how the design should go, our homeowner asked, "What if we made the driveway look like an airport taxiway?" To be honest, we weren't sure it would work. Wanting to be certain we left no stone unturned, we searched around, found some fixture options, and demoed those, too. A combined design was born.
The design features the Brilliance LED blue bulb throughout to create a seamless design with no fluctuation in color. That is, the blue light in the driveway matches the blue light in the river behind the house. The bulbs are housed in brass fixtures by Unique Lighting that are durable and timeless. The dock lights (also by Brilliance LED) are Triplex coated to withstand the conditions of the brackish St. Johns River water.
At completion we installed a total of 199 low-voltage landscape lighting fixtures in the air, on the ground, and underwater across five acres of residential property to illuminate the driveway, a slew of landscape beds, and the floating boat dock. It included four transformers (power units), nearly 5,000 feet of wire, LED bulbs in blue and white, and WiFi adapters so the entire system could be managed via SmartPhone. It’s a project for the books.