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Good outdoor lighting brings joy and delight to the eye and the mind. We are much more engaged with our surroundings when there is variation: layers of lighting, interesting contrasts and accents—not just light or dark, nor lighting that contributes to the flattening of our visual environment but rather lighting that reaches out to us with a friendly handshake, a warm embrace. The concept is simple: Safety. Security. Serenity. The three guiding principles in the design, installation and maintenance of my projects. The marriage of these three ideas come alive in each and every installation. Low voltage lighting (<90v) minimizes fire risks and electric shock, long and short term cost saving. Low voltage LED is every bit as efficacious as line voltage installation costs with the ability to tie into existing power sources, using any combination of standalone transformers, direct burial or mini transformers allows a simple and elegant transition from line voltage to low voltage lighting.
1. Just say NO to bollards: The why's and where's of using down lighting
2. Best down lighting practices from my experience
3. Providing safety and security but not at the cost of serenity
After a wonderful 20 years with DuPont E.I. Nemours in New Product Development, the 2005 recession hit, and our business unit was sold. I decided I wanted to explore a new career outside of the laboratory -- something truly outside. After a few false starts, outdoor lighting found me at the advent of the LED revolution and a new career was born. I have recently won both the "Brilliance Award," from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the International LIT Designer of the Year Award for my work. In addition, for the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, I have won "Design of the Year Trophy Award" in the lighting category from the California Landscape Contractors Association for large projects here in California.