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۳۰ Beautiful Swimming Pool Lighting Ideas

 

Outdoor lighting techniques help to create a particular mood or ambiance in your backyard, adding color, drama, and excitement to your swimming pool and landscape while also keeping the pool area safe. Let’s check the different Swimming Pool Lighting images below

In the dark about choosing the best lighting for your swimming pool? Get tips on adding the right lighting in and around your pool

LEDs are popular

Now it’s all about LED lighting systems that can transform your pool into an aquatic experience. You can have customized lighting packages spread around the pool that offer different colors and can be programmed with reflective qualities that don’t shine in your face

What types of pool lighting effects can be achieved

Nothing produces more excitement in an outdoor area than highlighting a prized specimen plant or spectacular water feature. When used in the pool design and landscape, DMX lights bring the whole design together at night to create different mood settings, whether a party or a romantic evening mode. You can also use DMX system to sync with the lighting in the pool. They are expensive but I believe they are well worth the investment

Go for more diffusion

As a rule, soft lighting coming from lots of sources is more attractive than harsh lighting coming from fewer sources. Even if you’re going for standard incandescent lighting, consider installing at least two lights in the water for a cleaner, smoother look. Outside of the pool, use soft lighting spaced out around the pool area

Don’t forget about the area around the pool

It’s natural to focus on underwater lighting first, but in terms of safety and aesthetics, the area around the pool is just as important. With that in mind, consider adding soft lighting around the deck, pathways, and landscaping elements. Beyond turning your backyard into one giant piece of nighttime eye candy, the strategic use of lights makes the area easier to traverse. As a bonus, it also keeps light-seeking bugs from congregating around the water

Remember to pay attention to lighting. There’s no need to have an expansive electrical system installed; candlelight adds all the ambience this resortlike yard needs. If I had a yard like this, I would never need to travel anywhere

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Turn Your Treasured Custom Lamp Design

Object Into A Special Lamp

Do you have an heirloom now sitting in the dust and shadows of an attic or basement? Bring it to light! A custom lamp highlights your object and puts it center stage. Bring it to the store for consultation and leave with a beautiful and functional work of art. This sort of custom made lamp can make a wonderful wedding or housewarming gift, with sentimental as well as functional value, something that can be treasured for years to come

Update An Old Lamp

We can also refurbish old lamps with replacement shades, parts, lamp wiring and updating as needed. Our wiring staff will inspect your lamps and provide you with a free estimate. Generally lamp repairs can be done within a week

A Brand New Shade

To top it off, we have a stock of varied and unique lampshades at the shop to complement your new, unique lamp. We use a variety of materials, such as mica, parchment paper, laminated fabric, and special art papers to create our lamp shades. The use of nature designs, leaves and grasses, and techniques involving oil paints, watercolors, and hand cut papers, allows us a wide range of decorative styles: Tribal, Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Asian, Southwestern, and Contemporary to name a few

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?Why Solid Sand-Cast Bronze for Landscape Lighting

?What is Bronze
Bronze is an alloy that contains copper (88%), tin (6%), zinc (2%), and lead (3%). It’s introduction over 5,000 years ago revolutionized metal work and launched the Bronze Age. By adding tim to copper, workers created a metal that was stronger and impervious to corrosion. Bronze artifacts have been found dating from as early as 3,500 BC

?How is Bronze different from Brass
Brass (specifically yellow brass) is also an alloy of copper, but differs from bronze in that its primary additive is zinc (40%). Brass is similar to bronze in hardness but suffers from the process of ‘dezincification’. This process that begins upon exposure to heat and humidity is the leaching of zinc from the metal. As the zinc migrates from the copper it leaves a porous structure susceptible to cracking and corrosion. As a result, brass lighting fixtures may eventually exhibit persistent red spots (zinc oxide) and become more brittle and crack as they age. (See link for more info on this topic.)

Brass is commonly used for landscape lighting fixtures because the melting temperature is lower than bronze making it easier to cast in an automated production. The high melting point of bronze necessitates casting in sand (a more difficult process) since the metal molds used in brass production would melt. A new sand mold is created for every individual CAST fixture

Understanding Corrosion
Corrosion of landscape lighting fixtures occurs through several mechanisms that are electrochemical in nature. In other words, chemicals react with the metals to produce an electric current. This current changes the structure and composition of the metal and results in pitting, flaking, chipping and cracking

The following chart illustrates how various metals found in lighting fixtures compare in their resistance to corrosion

Least Subject to Corrosion
Stainless Steel
Bronze
Copper
Brass
Cast Iron
Wrought Iron
Mild Steel
Aluminum
Most Subject to Corrosion

It should also be noted that while stainless steel is (in ideal conditions) more resistant to corrosion than bronze, it may be more susceptible at its edges, creases and at points where it contacts other metals

In an attempt to prevent corrosion, manufacturers use various coatings (e.g. powder-coat, paint and sealers) on the more susceptible metals. These coatings invariably fail to prevent corrosion since even microscopic gaps or inconsistencies in the coatings (or physical damage to the coatings) expose metal. This provides points of corrosion that can rapidly grow. The result is that the coatings are undermined, separating them from the surface leading to cracking and chipping

?Is Bronze more Beautiful

Moving from the scientific to the aesthetic, we can assess the superiority of bronze as a feature in the landscape. Bronze has a long history of use as the preferred material for outdoor sculpture, partly because of its durability but mainly because it weathers so beautifully

Once installed outdoors, the metallic bronze darkens to an old-penny brown then eventually to a greenish/blue patina. These colors compliment the browns and greens in nature and do not distract from the natural beauty of the landscape

Why Homeowners prefer Solid Bronze
CAST Landscape Lighting Designers will typically ask a homeowner to first hold a CAST solid bronze fixture and then a fixture from another manufacturer. The immediate impression is surprise at how the CAST fixture is so much heavier than the other. This translates into the (correct) impression of greater durability and value. Homeowners who are looking for both quality and value will always select CAST

In a market flooded with low quality fixtures out of Asia, designers who select solid bronze set themselves apart from their competitors and build reputations as professionals who will not compromise their high standards

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Landscape Lighting Design – What Homeowners Need to Know

Why hire a professional to design your landscape lighting

What is Landscape Lighting Design

Some homeowners are surprised when told that a significant amount of the lighting project fee is for the lighting design. They may just want a few lights along a path or to highlight a few trees, what’s the big deal?

They may also be surprised when told that their home and property may require 20 or 30 lights instead of the 10 they anticipated. Is the contractor going overboard?

The answer to these questions can be found in the understanding that good landscape lighting design is a fine art that accomplishes many things at the same time. A skilled and experienced landscape lighting designer goes through a process starting with setting goals then devising a strategy to achieve those goals. There are numerous lighting techniques that can be employed and many lighting effects that can be achieved. The knowledge, skill and artistry required for a great lighting design is considerable and requires a significant investment of time and energy

The difference between a great landscape lighting design and a mediocre one can be clearly seen and felt by the homeowner. A great landscape lighting design creates a nighttime experience perfectly tailored to your wants and needs. Do you want to feel warmly welcomed and secure as you drive onto your property at night? Do you want to see the beauty of your home illuminated in a way that is dramatic yet subtle? Do you want your trees rising out of the darkness in ways that are both brilliant and natural? The possibilities are endless

If you hire an experienced landscape lighting designer, your investment will reward you every night for years to come

How do I locate a CAST-trained landscape lighting designer
Most landscape lighting designers who install CAST Lighting products receive comprehensive training in lighting design from our expert staff. To locate a CAST-trained designer, contact a CAST Lighting Distributor in your region. They will provide you with a list of referrals.

How do I participate in the landscape lighting design process
We strongly recommend that homeowners actively participate in the lighting design process. Most important, and the first step in the process, is the setting of goals

Goals can categorized in the following way

• Safety. Lighting is important to ensure safe passage throughout your property. Pathways, stairs, decks, docks, patios and recreational areas all need to be illuminated to prevent tripping and falls. Keep in mind that elderly residents and visitors require a higher level of illumination than younger people. In your discussions with your designer, be sure to identify all areas of your property that are likely to be navigated at night
• Security. Most homeowners rely upon high-intensity security lighting or post lights to prevent unseen intruders from entering the property. That type of lighting is both unattractive and largely ineffective. These glaring lights leave areas of complete darkness and make it more difficult to see intruders. Talk with your designer about replacing your existing security lighting with lower intensity lighting that illuminates larger areas of your property
• Beauty. The landscape lighting designer does two things: 1. Selectively reveals beauty that already exists on your property; and 2. Adds beauty through the creative use of light and shadow. Identify the architectural and landscape features that you would like to see illuminated at night. If some of these are more important than others, tell your designer, he or she can direct the viewers experience to accentuate these features
• Nighttime Usability. Let your designer know if certain areas of your property will be used for certain activities or functions. The designer may be able to offer you additional lighting zones that can be called into play when needed. For example, if you occasionally hold parties in a lawn area, the designer can put the party lighting on a separate switch. The same could be accomplished for recreational areas such as putting greens, basketball courts and so on
• Energy Efficiency. Discuss with your designer about ways he or she can design your system for optimal energy efficiency

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Quality Lighting and the Landscape

Our first priority in lighting the landscape is to provide the basic illumination that enables our vision. From there, we expand our designer’s skill to include several other goals – some obvious others more subtle. The following article not only elucidates these goals, it sets them in relation to each other. It is the relationship of lighting goals that defines lighting quality. Lighting quality is the value we bring as professional landscape lighting designers

What is Lighting Quality
Quality is a nebulous word and largely subjective. One person loves the lighting, another hates it, and another is
indifferent. With such a range of opinion, how is it possible to define and achieve this quality? The answer can be found by considering a host of factors including human needs, economics, energy efficiency, environmental issues, and considerations of architecture and plant material. The next time a homeowner asks why she should hire you to do the lighting, you will explain lighting quality and how you achieve it

A 2008 landmark publication by the IESNA, A Guide to Designing Quality Lighting for People and Buildings defines and illustrates quality lighting from a needs standpoint

Human Needs
۱٫ Task Visibility. Simply stated, this means providing light of sufficient brightness to see objects needed for a task. To walk on a path, you need to see the path
۲٫ Task Performance. More than just being visible, objects need to be illuminated in ways that enable us to interact with them. Steps should be lit so their risers are partly shadowed, giving us visual clues about changes in elevation.
۳٫ Mood and Atmosphere. This need encompasses our emotional responses to illuminated objects and scenes. It may seem strange to think of emotions as needs but, as lighting designers, we have more power than we can imagine – power to inspire joy, contentment, and other intangible feelings we can’t put into words
۴٫ Visual Comfort. The eye and the brain are connected by one of the most densely packed bundles of nerves in the body. Like all nerves, they are extremely sensitive to over-stimulation. Overly bright light from an unshielded filament causes real pain and disables vision momentarily. Eye fatigue is another source of discomfort and can be muscular in origin. It can result from overly dim lighting as eye muscles strain to focus and compensate for the insufficient light
۵٫ Aesthetic Judgement. Sometimes referred to as “Beauty”, the aesthetics of lighting can be described as communicating the designer’s artistic vision. This endeavor, more than all others in lighting, separates the visual artists from the average lighting installers. Designers who are able to communicate their vision of beauty with prospective clients make a visceral connection that translates into trust-based sales
۶٫ Health, Safety, and Well-Being. Lighting’s contribution to safety (safe passage throughout the property) is obvious. Less apparent are the health and well-being benefits. Well designed landscape lighting elicits feelings of security and contentment – reducing stress. Stress reduction is one of the most effective means to improve health and longevity
۷٫ Social Communication. Lighting plans should consider the needs related to human interactions. Landscape lighting designers not only light the landscape, they illuminate the people who populate it. Direct overhead lighting is very unflattering to the human face. Patio lighting that lights the periphery but leaves people in darkness does not serve the needs of the inhabitants

Summary of Quality Landscape Lighting for Human Needs
The lighting designer illuminates the landscape to serve the needs of people who live and visit there. The designer provides sufficient illumination of the right type to enable people to perform needed actions in an environment that is visible, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing

Economics and Environment
Turtle-Safe Lighting – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation CommissionThe IESNA publication goes on to describe
quality lighting considering economic and environmental factors. The following points apply these factors to hardscape and landscape lighting

۸٫ Maintenance. The designer selects lighting fixtures and system components that are easily serviced and maintain integrity of the design over an extended period of time
۹٫ Ownership Cost. The designer selects energy-efficient lighting components that are reasonable in initial and ongoing cost
۱۰٫ Sustainability. The designer selects lighting components that represent responsible use of natural and man-made resources, minimize waste, maximize recycling, and minimize environmental damage
۱۱٫ Lighting Control. The designer utilizes control devices such as timers and photocells to limit energy usage while satisfying the occupants’ lighting needs
۱۲٫ Dark Sky. The designer selects lighting fixtures that minimize light pollution and light trespass

Summary of Quality Landscape Lighting for Economic and Environmental Needs
The lighting designer selects fixtures and components that are long-lived, reasonably priced, energy-efficient, and that represent a minimal impact on environmental concerns.

Architecture
The IESNA document goes on to recognize the importance of architecture in lighting. The following points apply specifically to hardscape and landscape lighting issues

۱۳٫ Integration with Existing Architecture. Lighting fixtures can integrate by blending in, standing out, or complementing the architecture and hardscape. Consider lighting fixture color, texture, style, and scale; as well as fixture placement
۱۴٫ Lighting Emphasis and Variation. Lighting selectively reveals existing architectural surfaces and creates new visual impressions through selective creation of shapes and shadows. The lighting designer chooses what to illuminate and how to combine various regions of illumination to create an overall nighttime interpretation of the hardscape and architecture
۱۵٫ Codes and Standards. This point recognizes that quality includes adherence to lighting-related electrical and building codes.
Summary of Quality Landscape Lighting for Architecture
The lighting designer recognizes important architectural and hardscape features, and creates a design to selectively highlight these features. The designer also selects lighting fixtures that are visually appropriate to the surroundings.

Plant Materials
The IESNA publication is primarily targeted towards interior lighting and street lighting so it fails to include considerations
of plant material found in the landscape. The following points should be considered as part of quality lighting design.

۱۶٫ Integration with Existing Plant Material. Lighting fixtures installed in planting beds and turf areas should blend into or complement adjacent plant material and ground cover. Plants come in a variety of colors typically referred to as earth colors – greens, blue-greens, browns, reds, and yellows. While it is not important to match fixture colors to plant colors, the most visually appealing fixtures are those in darker hues of brown, green, and bluish-green. Fixture colors that seem discordant with plants are metallic colors, black, and white
۱۷٫ Plant Growth. Lighting designers are often called upon to design and install a lighting system while plants are still immature. All plants grow, and all landscape lighting systems need to plan for this growth. Lighting designs need to include projections based on predicted plant growth. These may include installation of additional fixtures, plans to move fixtures or change lamp types. In addition, the designer should engage the homeowner in a discussion about trimming and removing plant debris from fixture surfaces
۱۸٫ Plant Health. Some horticulturists express concern about the effects of artificial illumination on plants. The concern is mainly with disruption of the plant’s light/dark cycle (responsible for growth). While some plants are more sensitive than others in this regard, there is no evidence that the low light levels in low voltage lighting cause any significant problem. A more important concern is with plants that touch or nearly touch lighting fixtures. The high level of radiant heat can damage leaves and adversely affect the health the plant. Care should be taken to position fixtures a safe distance from plants, and to prune plants as needed
۱۹٫ Plant Aesthetics. Plants are visually compelling for many reasons. One of these is that the appearance of plants changes dramatically under different types of illumination. Variations in leaf structure, translucence, reflectance, and color produce a host of visual changes that the designer can utilize. In addition, plants contribute to variety, scale, symmetry, and other lighting design qualities.
Summary of Landscape Lighting Quality for Plants
The lighting designer incorporates plant material into the lighting design with recognition of each plant’s distinctive qualities, and plans for lighting system changes as plant materials grow

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Lighting the Garden

Plant Illumination
Plants and flowers differ in how they reflect, absorb, and transmit light. This is important because they appear differently when lit from above, below, or behind. Thick waxy leaves look black if they are lit from behind or below, while thinner, more translucent leaves glow with an ethereal beauty when the light source is behind them. Keeping this in mind, whenever possible we project light in ways that best enhance the viewer’s experience of plants’ inherent beauty

Path Lights
These fixtures, such as Mushrooms and China Hats reflect light from under their hats to spread a diffuse circular area of lighting on the plant material and landscaping below. When used along a path, they can be staggered along the edges alternating from one side to the other. They should be spaced far enough apart so that bright regions do not overlap, but not so far that completely dark areas separate them. The path lights can also stray from the path and sit amoung the garden areas. The selection of these locations is critical and depends entirely on the landscape design

Bounce Lighting
A variation of down lighting, illumination that bounces off the undersides of gutters, sidings, or trees can rpovide an extremely diffuse and subtle lighting on garden beds. When lighting the side of a house with MR-16 directionals, tilt the fixtures so the beam reflects off the underside of the gutter. The reflected light can illuminate the enitre garden bed around the house. For gardens situated underneath trees with fairly low branches, up lights will bounce back to a degree dependant on the reflectivity of the branches and leaves

Up, Side, and Back Lighting
When we illuminate plants from underneath, the side, or behind, we see a combination of light reflected off the leaves and transmitted through the leaves (as though the leaves are glowing). With down lighting, we only see reflected light.

In lighting plants low to the ground, care must be taken to ensure that hot spots will not over-iluminate plant regions. Careful aiming and the use of diffusion or optical spread lenses can reduce the hot spot and ensure that plants receive an even and non-distracting light. This type of lighting also creates the opportunity to direct shadows from the plants on building surfaces and retaining walls. Plant shadows are often the most impressive defining effect in a landscape lighting design

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