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Pinecrest South Florida LED Up-Lighting

Pinecrest South Florida LED Up-Lighting

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The City of Pinecrest, South Florida is an extremely dark neighborhood. Combined with the large lots and few city and street illumination it is very dark at night. Landscape lighting is a necessity in this area of Miami Dade. It provides beauty but also very importantly security.

This particular home is in the heart of Pinecrest near my alma mater Gulliver Preparatory. I drove by this home hundreds of times growing up. The beautiful mature oak trees and beautiful vegetation always impressed me. This particular home sits on almost an acre. It is practically hidden amongst all the beautiful landscape.

We installed our black 6061 anodized aluminum LED spotlight in the front and backyard, and pool area. The home also has a beautiful pathway that goes around almost the entire property. This path leads to an area I like to call the Zen garden. It has a beautiful fountain and is very peaceful. We illuminated the entire path with our LED path light. The path light only uses 1 watt of energy and is as bright as a 20-watt halogen bulb. The home had existing 110 volt also known as high voltage spotlights on many of the larger trees. The fixtures where very old and were not working properly. Our client wanted to upgrade to LED for those fixtures. We replaced all of them with high voltage LED spots.

The entire yard is 80% more efficient than before. The LEDs are all rated for 50,000 hours.

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Garden Lighting Pinecrest South Florida

Garden Lighting Pinecrest South Florida

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This photo is from a very impressive garden in the city of Pincrest, South Florida. The home in Pinecrest gave us a chance to really explore the art and creativity of landscape lighting. The job made us ask ourselves what makes some landscape lighting systems truly extraordinary?

The major reason is that they are mentally stimulating. A major key to lighting is sense and purpose for the fixtures (lights). It’s a simple matter to succeed when you have the right effect from the right lamp in the right place. We have to make sure every lamp has something to add to the lighting portrait. We want to make sure the light will create depth, add a focal point, color or dimension, provide contrast or visual direction, fill in a dark area or light a path, etc. Through the art of outdoor lighting, what we illuminate becomes visually active.

For this job and many others, we visited the property in the daytime before we started. The homeowner was surprised because they felt it is best to see it only at night. During the day, focal points will be more obvious, such as specimen trees, angles, boundaries, and the character and personality of the property. We then see it at night and several nights during the installation to make any necessary adjustments. Every landscape is different so many adjustments usually occur such as repositioning of the fixtures, adding more fixtures, or removing fixtures. Lighting has the ability to change and enhance the natural landscape.

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