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March 15, 2011

Exterior and Site Lighting Design Guidelines for Scottsdale AZ

•Exterior Lighting for Single-Family in Environmentally Senstive Lands (ESL) Areas
•Illuminance Tables
•Submittal Requirements
•Photometrics
•Printable Lighting Guidelines (pdf/48kb/2pp)
•Ambient Lighting Zones (pdf/319kb/1p)
•Streetlight Policy Plan (pdf/208kb/1p)
•Outdoor Lighting Code (pdf/115kb/2pp)

Please note: The 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) was adopted by reference via the International Building Code (IBC) adoption. (more…)

November 16, 2010

Solar lighting, with L.E.D outdoor light fixtures

Solar powerd outdoor lighting fixtures. NO this is not a home depot solar light. This is a state of the art solar panel, with battery back up for all your outdoor lighting needs. We can now power your L.E.D. lights, up to 20 fixtures, with a high end solar panel. 4.5 watts per fixture gives you the same as 20 watt halagin lamp.
Call now so i can design your solar system with you.

July 27, 2010

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June 17, 2010

ANNUAL OR SEMI-ANNUAL MAINTENANCE CHECKS. Monthly maintenance for lamps!!!!!!

Typical of most every mechanical appliance, the components of the landscape lighting system will require periodic maintenance in order to keep the system operating at peak performance. The wise Lighting Installer will incorporate a Lighting Maintenance Program into his or her offering. Maintenance will typically include lamp replacement, fixture, transformer and cable inspection, cleaning and repair. (more…)

Top 10 mistakes in lighting,

1. DON’T OWN A VOLTMETER:
Don’t own a volt meter – Trying to install anything electrical without a digital volt meter is like trying to install an irrigation system without a shovel or to eat soup with a fork – it can be done but having the right tools makes it a lot easier.

2. DIDN’T OFFER THE CLIENT A RANGE OF OPTIONS:
With proper planning and cabling, lighting can truly be done in phases. Also, don’t determine what the client should spend on lighting; present the options and let him decide the value of light.

3. A LACK OF SWITCHING FLEXIBILITY:
A lighting layout must reflect the different uses a well-designed landscape will provide: i.e., entertaining, at home alone, or away from home. There are some areas (BBQ) you should light only when they’re in use.
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May 31, 2010

Area’s of work, and all of Arizona.

Scottsdale
85251

North Scottsdale
85254 85255
85258 85259
85260 85262
85264 85266

Rio Verde
85263
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May 5, 2010

“My husband changed all of the lamps on the system and now none of them work! What did he do?”

A common mistake made by many is to replace existing lamps with lamps of higher wattage than those originally installed. As an example, Mr. Smith has a low volt system with a 600 watt transformer and 25 fixtures illuminating his landscape. All of the original fixtures had 20-watt lamps in them for a total load on the transformer of 500 watts.

When he went to replace the lamps, he added ten 50-watt lamps, and fifteen 20-watt lamps. What he has done is increase the wattage demand from 500 watts to 800 watts thus overloading the Transformer. Overloading the transformer will cause the Transformer’s Circuit Breakers to Trip thus shutting the system down! (more…)

ANNUAL OR SEMI-ANNUAL MAINTENANCE CHECKS !

This will help the life of your system!

Typical of most every mechanical appliance, the components of the landscape lighting system will require periodic maintenance in order to keep the system operating at peak performance. The wise Lighting Installer will incorporate a Lighting Maintenance Program into his or her offering. Maintenance will typically include lamp replacement, fixture, transformer and cable inspection, cleaning and repair.

LAMPS

Lamp maintenance should be performed regularly as voltage to lamps will increase as lamps burn out, thus accelerating the burnout of the remaining lamps. The type of lamps installed and their average lamp life, the operating voltage at the lamps and the length of time each lamp operated each day will determine the lamp maintenance schedule.
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Lamp Life. Hope this helps.

LAMP LIFE

Lamp life is rated in hours of operation. If lamps are rated for 4000 hours at 12 volts it means that at 4000 hours, 50% of the lamps are still working and 50% are not.

For maximum light output, tune lighting circuits to provide between 11.5 and 12.0 volts as measured at lamp terminals when all of the lamps on the circuit are operating.

For longer lamp life, adjust voltage down so lamps receive between 10.5 and 11.5 volts at the lamp terminals.

Adjusting circuit load/run by using MultiTap Transformers can regulate voltage.
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April 30, 2010

L.E.D Lighting. LED Lighting. Go Green!!!!!!

Why We Are Green

How many times have you changed a burned out light bulb in your lifetime? Fifty times? One hundred times? What did you do with all the old bulbs? If you’re like most people, you simply tossed them into the trash can and forgot about them. It is the right time to think about LED light bulbs and their competitive advantages!
Well…those ordinary light bulbs, the ones you’ve been tossing into the trash every month for years, contain highly toxic gases. And while those light bulbs sit in a landfill, they’re joined by millions more broken, discarded bulbs, and the mercury inside all of them slowly leaches into and poisons the soil. Comparing with traditional lights, LED light lamps are more environmentally friendly.
Although you have certainly been warned about the ill effects of things like global warming and ozone depletion, perhaps you’ve never heard of the negative impact of mercury in our soil. Maybe no one ever told you. But, now that you know… you should do something about it. At North Star Outdoor Lighting LLC , we already are. In these regards LED light bulbs can be considered as a really good solution. (more…)

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