Category Archives: Landscape Lighting Installation

Outdoor Landscape Lighting – Color Spectrum – Kelvin

When we inform customer that we exclusively use LED bulbs in our fixtures one of the first questions we are asked is about the color.

What color are our LED lights

outdoor landscape lighting Color-Temperature-Chart in kelvin
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The vast majority  of our clients want warm white light. Not the stark, blue, cool light that many associate with LED bulbs. Fortunately, the LED light industry has made advances to the point where lights can be manufactured to emit virtually any color.  So meeting the request for warm white lights is a daily activity for us.

Color Spectrum – Kelvin

The halogen lights that have been traditionally used in outdoor landscape lighting are roughly 3,000 kelvin. The bulb we use range between 2,700 kelvin and 3,000 kelvin. To the naked eye there is no essentially no difference between the traditional halogen and our LED lights.

Custom Color Lights

On occasion we’ll receive a request for a special light color. For example we have biped bulbs that are 2200 kelvin and will match the color of a flame. The are popular in our deck/post fixtures where clients may have candles on nearby tables.

Also some clients like to install red and green bulbs at Christmas; orange bulbs at Halloween; and red and blue bulbs for Independence Day.

If you would like custom color LED lights let us know and we’ll take care of it for you or point you to a source for them.

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Phone: 770-653-6425
Email: floods@abulouslighting.com

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Abulous Line Voltage Flood/Wash Lights

Abulous Line Voltage Flood/Wash Lights

Installing Pole Lights

We recently reconditioned some old pole lights and installed them at a nearby church. In the process we converted them to LED and connected them to a new outdoor landscape light system we installed.

(click on any of the images to see a larger version).

Recondition the fixtures

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Reconditioned Fixture Parts

We started by completely disassembling the fixtures, sanding and cleaning them and repainting them.

We also sourced new screws etc. as necessary.

Begin Reassembly – Re-wire

Reconditioned-Heads
Reconditioned Heads

Then we assembled most of the parts in preparation for installation.

We also ran new low voltage wiring and replaced sockets and replaced the white plastic candle covers.

Measure, Locate and Mark Fixture Locations

Identify and mark locations of fixtures.

Taking care not to disturb any existing buried  infrastructure we marked the exact location of each fixture in preparation for digging holes for the concrete foundations.

Pour Concrete and Set Forms

Level concrete form.

We filled the bottom of the holes with concrete to create a good base.

Once we had a good amount of concrete poured we set 90-degree sweeps , ran 12-gauge landscape wire.

Then we placed and leveled the forms.

Set and Level the Anchor Bolt/Template Assembly

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Set and level-anchor-bolts

Before the concrete hardened we set the anchor bolts and leveled the templates.

The templates were made to match the bolt pattern of the fixtures bases.

Install Lights and Connect to Power

We waited two days for the concrete to set, knocked the forms off and installed the poles.

Later that day we connected them to the 12-volt outdoor lighting system and the job was complete.

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How to Install Down Lighting

Do-it-yourself Down Light Installation

It is fairly easy to install lights on the ground around your house but placing moonlighting 30′ up a tree is a different story.  In this article we show the homeowner how to professionally install down lighting (moon lighting) using the correct components and techniques.

First of all we assume you have the skills and equipment you need to position yourself in a tree.  Installing down lights in trees is risky. If you do not have the skills and equipment to ensure your safety you need to hire a professional installer. 

Determine the location of the fixture

You’ll want to be at least 25′ in order to achieve the appropriate effect. Make sure the fixture will be located where glare will not spill over into the neighbor’s yard and cause light trespass.  The ‘beam spread’ of your fixture/bulb as well as the height of the fixture will determine the area that will be lit. If you need help with height and spread use our handy beam spread/angle calculator.

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Why do the pros use multi tap transformers?

To address the question right off the bat, the answer is voltage loss.  There are a number of causes of voltage loss but no matter what the cause it has to be mitigated. If voltage loss is not compensated for you will experience shorter life on fixtures and poor performance overall. We’ll discuss the main causes of voltage loss and how to deal with the problem with a multi-tap transformer.

What is a Multi Tap Transformer?

Multi Tap Transformers guard against voltage loss.
This 300 watt transformer has output taps ranging from 12 volts all the way up to 22 volts.

Technically speaking a multi tap transformer is a step up (or down) transformer that has multiple taps on either the primary winding or the secondary winding. A multi tap transformer provides flexibility in your input and output voltage requirements.

In the landscape lighting world, a multi tap transformer provides multiple terminals with outputs ranging from 12 volts up to 15 or more volts.  The installer has the choice of employing as many of the taps as necessary to ensure even voltage to all fixtures.

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Nine landscape lighting tips and steps to install like the pros

Landscape Lighting Tips

Bury wire at least 6" deep
One landscape lighting tip is to bury your wire at least 6″.

Anyone can purchase a landscape lighting system from a big box store and install it in a weekend. But for the system to look its best and last the longest you’ll need to install it like a pro.

We’ve listed our top landscape lighting tips. Follow these easy steps to make your project successful.

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The biggest mistakes in outdoor lighting installation

Avoid these outdoor lighting installation mistakes

There are many ways to mess up an outdoor lighting installation. Most pros warranty their work. They also know the installation pitfalls and realize the value of doing the job right the first time.

Waterproof connectors with sealant
Waterproof connectors with sealant should be used in every outdoor lighting installation.

Every week we see mistakes made by do-it-yourselfers. These mistakes can drastically reduce the lifespan of a system but they are also easily avoidable.

We’ve put together a list of the biggest and most common mistakes we see in our outdoor lighting installation travels. Take care not to make these mistakes and you’ll be much closer to a long-lasting outdoor lighting system.

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Keep the peace – Avoid light trespass and keep the neighbors happy

On occasion we’ll see a landscape lighting installation that is beautiful and does a great job of showing off the home and landscape. But the installers overlooked (or didn’t consider) light trespass.

Light Trespass Example
Office building illuminated by high pressure sodium (HPS) lamps shining upward, of which much light goes into the sky and neighboring apartment blocks and causes light trespass. Photo courtesy of Skatebiker.

Consider how your outdoor lighting system affects your neighbors. Many communities have rules regulating light trespass (or light pollution).

Choosing the optimum location for fixtures and using the correct beam angles will not only make your installation look better but it will keep you out of hot water with the neighbors.

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