It is not so much what the fixture looks like but what you can do with the fixture. It is obvious strategic and correct placement is imperative but also knowing the capabilities of the bulb, its photometric beamspray, color and intensity inherit with its label is paramount. Correct lighting design highlights the effects of the source thus making the source itself secondary. Beauty, usefulness, safety, security and emotion are the positive attributes of a proper lighting design.
Award winning outdoor lighting designer Michael Gotowala has been able to portray this vision to hundreds of clients. To be able to envision the scene as it appears lit at night during the day. Next priority is strategic placement of the luminaires and their effectiveness during the “shine”. Finish pointing or returning at night to individually access the results is of the utmost. This indeed is a step above most outdoor lighting designers and is second nature in award winning outdoor lighting. Outdoor lighting designer Michael Gotowala is a two time nationally recognized award recipient of the AOLP Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals.
All this is accomplished in the darkness of the night. Areas and spaces that we occupy during the day, disappear and reappear unfamiliar at night. A well balanced lighting display equalizes the skepticism of the night. Lighting throughout the house is so essential in all the aspects of just about everything you do during the evening. Each and every fixture is designed to hold bulbs, single or numerous, in many different configurations to achieve endless illumination possibilities.
For instance in the kitchen there are many types of lights each specified for a function such as cooking, general purpose, dining and after dinner ambiance. Locations of these lights can be in various places throughout the room anywhere from floor to ceiling. All this is accomplished in the darkness of the night. Areas and spaces that we occupy during the day, disappear and reappear unfamiliar at night.
A well balanced lighting display equalizes the skepticism of the night. Lighting throughout the house is so essential in all the aspects of just about everything you do during the evening. Each and every fixture is designed to hold bulbs, single or numerous, in many different configurations to achieve endless illumination possibilities. For instance in the kitchen there are many types of lights each specified for a function such as cooking, general purpose, dining and after dinner ambiance. Locations of these lights can be in various places throughout the room anywhere from floor to ceiling. Outdoor lighting can make all this seem so natural, similar to how one would perform these tasks during the day. The configuration of these fixtures have to be in sync with themlighting already available. Lighting designers should have the vision to help illuminate and not over exaggerate the areas.
Light intensity and beam spray are priorities. Equal brightness and balance are pertinent in a good design. The common mistake is evident in every neighborhood. You see 2 lights, one on each side of the front door and a post light. These minimal lights try to achieve everything there is to be seen outside. Homeowners load up these fixtures with the brightest bulbs one could find. The result is a glaring landscape, so bright it annoys the neighbors across the street.
All decisions on architectural features such as stone, brick, stucco and peaking roof lines deserve the greatest of concern. Winding walkways, circular driveways and lavish focal plants, anchoring the landscape, need illumination. Landscape lighting can achieve this. To excell in this, one must know the ever changing faces of the landscape. Lighting allows for not only four seasons, but eight seasons both day and night. One can start immediately. For instance one light is better than none. A good guideline is to ask yourself what you would like to see at night. Experiment with different types of fixtures and various lighting techniques. Start with the house and fall back into the landscape, highlighting focal trees and shrubs throughtout the garden
Now that the scene is set and correctly lit with the most beneficial type and manufacturer of fixtures, Michael goes on to reveal the functionality of automation to fit the likelihood of lifestyle by the family.
Automation ranges from a simple set clock, smart timer, or scene phasing changes and security settings like “gone to bed”, away on vacation, be back shortly” scene variables.
The greatest and most prevalent discussion is LED outdoor lighting luminaires or retrofit bulbs with many great and energy saving benefits.
The majority of our outdoor lighting installations are now LED.
So what if you have an older existing landscape lighting. Can you convert to LED’s? The answer is under most circumstances. Yes you can. Michael’s advice. Use a professional as step down or re engineering the system integration with the transformer is necessary. In most states you need to be licensed for low voltage work. Second to that is certified or acknowledged perhaps in the field of landscape lighting
If you would like to see the areas most passionate outdoor lighting designer in Connecticut, New York and areas upon request, outdoor lighting designer Michael Gotowala of Preferred Properties Lsc
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