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Designing House Front Lighting

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  1. Paul DIY

    Paul DIY New Member

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    Hello,

    I've been doing a lot of research on landscape lighting for the front of my home. I really like the Volt products. I was hoping to get a some feedback on my initial design idea. Using the All-Star spotlight on either side of the windows seems like a standard design. To get up to the roof arches, I thought I should use a narrow beam spotlight. It's 24 feet to get to the area under the arches.

    I could definitely use some guidance on watt/lumens. Is 300 lumens enough for a 2-story house? I'm going for a "full" lighting look. I want the light to reach all the way up to the roof eaves.
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    I also plan to use path lights to connect the house lighting to the ground.
     

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  2. Evan K

    Evan K Online Liaison Staff Member

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    Awesome house!

    Overall, I think you are on the right track but the placement of some of your fixtures needs adjusting from that planning - I attached some photos to help illustrate some general recommendations. The red and green colors are my edits.

    The placement on either side of the bay windows is spot on. Placing your All-Stars™ on either side, about a foot away from the wall while using narrower beam spreads (38-60 degree) would look great.

    Columns also look beautiful when illuminated which is why I marked spots for fixtures there - where the All-Stars would likely be hidden by the plants in those garden beds, in-ground lights may be ideal for illuminating the columns to keep the light sources hidden. The narrowest of beam spreads (~15-degree) are ideal for columns.

    Uplighting the eaves will likely be a bit more labor-intensive portion of the project. Attempting to light them from below at a distance could likely produce a large shadow effect up top and placing a fixture in grass/out in the yard is never recommended for yardwork/landscaping reasons. Typically, either a compact up-lighting fixture or a downlight is used for this - I attached a photo of an eave being illuminated with a downlight to help illustrate one option.

    The green bits mark potentially ideal spots for some path & area lights.
     

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  3. Paul DIY

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    Thanks Evan. Very much appreciate your feedback.
     
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