The Landscape Lighting Book Hardcover – 27 Sep 2013
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This incredibly detailed reference book by an experienced lighting designer can serve a dual purpose: It can help landscape architects who are working with lighting professionals to research some of the issues they need to discuss, and it can serve as a guide to landscape architects on smaller projects who will be doing lighting design themselves. This third edition has been updated to include guidance on how LED technology requires changes to the configuration of light fixtures. Sections on how to light residential and public spaces as well as specifics on how to light different plants, sculptures, walkways, and stairs make this a reference book designers should keep handy. ( Landscape Architecture Magazine, November 2013)
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Richly illustrated and fully updated practical guidance on every aspect of landscape lighting
LED technology offers a new light source in landscape design. In the process, it causes huge changes to the configuration of lighting fixtures. The Third Edition of The Landscape Lighting Book includes information to help guide readers on the use of LED technology. With extensive new art and photographs and changes throughout the book, this edition offers expert guidance and advice on the theory, design process, project needs, and techniques for all types of elements in landscape lighting.
This new edition stresses the importance of communication with all members of a project team, planning for guidance as changes occur, and making sure that maintenance is done regularly to keep a lighting system functioning. It covers ideas and techniques required to create a wide range of landscape lighting effects, from soft through dramatic.
Lighting, a relatively new part of landscape design, continues to evolve, and this important new edition:
- Provides a guideline for understanding LED technology now, and what to look for in the future
- Includes in–depth information on planning, documenting, commissioning, and maintaining projects
- Offers a wealth of new photographs and illustrations demonstrating examples and varying approaches to the multitude of issues in landscape spaces
- Features updated information on mesopic vision and control strategies, with a new approach to renderings that gives designers and clients a real view of how their landscape can look at night
- Covers changes in materials and finishes, and takes a fresh look at lamps and fixtures available to make gardens live at night
The Landscape Lighting Book, Third Edition is an indispensable resource for lighting designers, landscape architects, architects, interior designers, developers, illuminating engineers, and urban planners, as well as for contractors, design–build professionals, and students in these fields.See all Product Description
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This book is a comprehensive review of the practise of landscape lighting, not like many books a self congratulatory review of projects by the author. This book uses not just the authors work but uses many designers projects and design information and is laid out in chapters covering project and technical detail including many helpful drawings and sketches providing useful information for developing your own work.
In short this is an excellent example of what lighting design books should be, more than a bare list of technical information or a monograph on a particular designer but a comprehensive and helpful guide to specific aspects of lighting design.
Well written and illustrated, the author, authoritively conveys her detailed knowledge and experiences of lighting landscapes.
By far, the the most useful and comprehensive title on the subject.
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There is a second edition (Wiley 2005) of the book revised and updated by the author to reflect changes and improvements in techniques and equipment. The second edition is easily recognized by the illustrated four color cover; the original had an illustrated dust cover (missing from the last run of the first edition) by the cover itself was plain black.
I have both editions and consider them a bargain in terms of concentrated relevant information.
In comparison, the Ortho book has more colorful pictures and offers a very colorful education - I'd say, more or less at a good high school level. If you want more of college level introduction to landscape lighting - perhaps, to start a business or to broaden your knowledge, The Landscape Lighting book is the book for you.
First published in 1992, THE LANDSCAPE LIGHTING BOOK has served as the single and indispensable reference for the landscape lighting industry. It has offered all new landscape lighting practitioners guidance and provided an emerging industry the foundation necessary on which to build solid practice. While there is a wealth of other books that offer how-to help and publish pretty pictures, none of them even attempt to define and explain professional practice for the landscape lighting industry with Ms Moyer's authority and confidence.
THE LANDSCAPE LIGHTING BOOK is not an easy book to read but it is well worth the effort. Once you understand the theory behind the short cuts and rules-of-thumb that other how to books offer, you are free to create your own. With the freedom you gain when you understand and can apply those fundamental principals and concepts to your landscape lighting, you become like the cook who ignores the printed recipe and creates a masterpiece of culinary art.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this book but what a surprise when it came. It is thorough, comprehensive, detailed and at times so well written that you will find yourself a bit overwhelmed with information.
Again, if you want to do landscape lighting correctly this book will guide you. If you want to do your lighting on the down low and cheap, then go to Lowes and ask an 18 year old store helper, but if you want it right, look here first and then plan out your adventure and go to a landscape design store and work your plan with them and you won't be disappointed.
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