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The Art of Outdoor Lighting: Landscapes with the Beauty of Lighting [Paperback]

Randall Whitehead
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31 Aug 2001
The Art of Outdoor Lighting reveals the essentials on how outdoor lighting adds drama, sophistication, and depth to residential landscape. With over 250 full color photographs spotlighting how exterior lighting enhances a wide range of spaces, from roof decks to pool areas, garden rooms to patios, exterior stairs to entrances including how to make the most of moonlight and why certain lights are best for appearance and safety. Includes an entire section on lighting techniques for outdoor rooms for living and entertaining under the stars.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc.; New edition edition (31 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564968189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564968180
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 22.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,410,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Randall Whitehead is an innovator in the field of lighting design. He is renowned for creating designs that take a "human" approach to lighting spaces. His style emphasizes illuminating the people in a space, as well as the art and architecture; thus individuals feel comfortable in public areas that might otherwise seem cold and intimidating. Whitehead is a recipient of numerous design awards.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By Penny
This book is a breath of fresh air; it approaches the subject of lighting in the landscape in a professional but easy to follow way, with the most amazing photographs to back the text.
There are sections directed at the various aspects of lighting - the overall effect, different illuminations and how they are achieved, lighting techniques and also a chapter on common mistakes.
Each chapter has a written introduction followed by a series of photographic illustrations of the points covered. The examples are taken from worldwide landscapes, and include subjects as diverse as the desert and winter snow scenes. There is a large variation in the size and concept of the chosen sites, from the external illumination of a large house and parking area to a view from a window in different seasons enhanced by exterior lighting.
The glossary is comprehensive and ensures the reader is aware of the technical descriptions of terms used. There is a directory of the various professionals whose work appear in the book.
A book for the keen amateur, or an essential reference book for the professional designer, it really is "The Art of Outdoor Lighting."
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4.0 out of 5 stars expert opinion 13 July 2000
By Joseph T. Masciotti - Published on
Wonderful photographs but otherwise a bit thin. This is a picture book mostly of California projects with some colder climate installations so these lush landscapes can only be envied by homeowners and gardeners outside the semi-tropics. DIYers will find this particular meal consists more of dessert than substantial fare. The clear intention of this book is as a feast for the eye and the few pages of technical information consist of an overview of techniques, common mistakes (with which I heartily concur), Q & A and a glossary. There is a helpful list of lighting designers (the first I've seen) limited mostly to the West Coast. There are plenty of good ideas here and most of the photograph captions contain a brief but useful description of how the lighting effects were achieved.
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2.0 out of 5 stars If you live in a.... 25 Jan 2003
By David Smyth - Published on
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If you live in a 5 million dollar house, this is the book for you. If you have a 3000 sq foot cape cod, forget it. I purchased this book to learn how to light MY house. I don't have a 60 foot indoor pool, or a mountain top view of downtown LA. This book was of no use to me at all. I give it 2 stars because it has nice photos, of houses most of us will never see in person.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gallery of artistic lighting & designer sourcebook 29 April 2002
By Angel Lee - Published on
This book is filled with examples from around the world of magnificent homes that are enhanced by stunning outdoor lighting effects. It is as much a gallery of artistic lighting as it is a sourcebook for the designer or homeowner looking for ways to make their home stand out.
The book is broken into sections with a brief overview of each before the many photographic examples. These include transforming a home after dark with dramatic lighting effects, creating a moon lighting effect and my favorite section on lighting pools and fountains with some really fabulous designs. There are also sections on outdoor rooms, landscape lighting and some wonderful ideas on using the view in through a window as part of the exterior design and lighting plan.
Full color, full-page photos fill most of the book. Brief descriptions are provided in captions along with designer and photographer credits. There is contact information for these designers and photographers along with some lighting manufacturers in the back of the book. This is a design book, not a technical manual. Each caption tells the type of fixtures used but there is no information on wiring or installation.
A very useful chapter on common lighting mistakes along with frequently asked questions and a glossary conclude the book. Although most of the examples in this book are of homes well beyond average means, many of the ideas and principles presented can be adapted to enhance almost any dwelling. I found it quite inspirational and enjoyable.
3.0 out of 5 stars You can do better. 17 Aug 2014
By Michael J. Gray - Published on
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Nice pictures, little information.
11 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good book for my new house 9 April 2000
By Kwok Ching Kwong - Published on
Simple... this book is extremely useful to me. You know I broguth a new house and it help me alot of design stuff... it saved us alot of design fee... worth to buy this boolk. Go ahead.
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