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OlympicConfigured for Lighting Single Story Light Homes
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Single Story Light Homes
Landscape Lights Pre-configured for Lighting Single Story- Light Colored Homes
The primary objective when illuminating architecture is to provide a warm, soft, elegant appearance to a homes architecture, with a nice subtle interplay of light and shadow. Today’s lighting trends have seen an increase in a consumers desire to have the architecture of the their home be the primary focal point in a lighting scene, with the illumination of trees, plantings and walkways as a supporting feature to the overall look. Even though single story homes have lower and often less dramatic rooflines than their two and three story counterparts, the effect of a well thought out lighting plan is no less dramatic.
- Eliminating hot spots on the architecture, which are much more visible on light colored stucco and stone homes.
- Overcoming light trespass into bedroom windows.
- Working around plant material that is in the way of where fixtures need to be placed
Lighting single story, light colored homes is pretty straight forward. However, there are a few things to consider when choosing your lamps. Light colored walls are much more reflective and therefore require a lower output light source to achieve a warm and inviting look. When an overly powerful light source is used, the reflected brightness has a tendency to wash out most of the architectural details of the home and the shadow interplay on the architecture is almost entirely eliminated due the high reflectance of the light on the upper gable and soffits. Softer light sources and thoughtful placement of the luminaires must be considered on single story homes due the fact that bedrooms will also have to be taken into consideration. Light trespass into a bedroom window from a light source can be annoying to a homeowner who requires a darker room to sleep. Plant material can also get in the way of light fixtures as well. Ocassionally, the back side of a plant may need to be trimmed slightly to allow the beam of light to pass to the wall surface. At other times, an extension riser may be utilized to extend a fixture up through a plant to illuminate out the top of a trimmed hedge or other manicured plant in which you will not be allowed to thin or cut.
Lamp & Placement considerations
- Lamp: For light colored walls on a single story house, generally a 3.6 watt- 60 degree, MR16 lamp is the ideal choice. If wanting a more subtle touch, consider a mini wash light using a 3 watt- T-3 bi-pin LED lamp.
- Placement: On either side of a window is best with fixtures placed 6’-9’ apart on average.
*Note- Every home is unique and the lighting design must be approached this way. One size does not fit all, so take into account the individual desires of the client and place fixtures and luminaires accordingly. These considerations are just basic guidelines.