|Pathway Lighting||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: patty m gourley (cohousingjuno.com)|
|Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 21:45:37 -0500|
Hello, and thanks for the posts about common house furniture. Now I have a new question: What have you used for lighting on your pathways? We recently received a bid from the electrical contractor for the outdoor lighting. It came to $32,000! The plan shows pathway lights (34", malibu style) every 8-10 feet along the flat pathways and then one for every single step, on both sides of the steps. Our site is slightly sloped, so there are areas where there are 2-3 steps. The plan seems obsessive to some of us, who prefer to see the stars at night, and in fact we want to get rid of pathway lights altogether, except in the areas where there are steps. And to others in the group (a small minority) the plan is perfect. These folks feel they need all that candle power to walk safely at night. As a compromise, we are getting bids from another source, the renewables division at Real Goods, here in California. Several of us Tierra Nuevans are Hard Corp members and like the idea of using alternative energy. The engineer there who helped me on the phone seemed to think that hard-wiring the pathway lights would be the best way to go, since solar path lights often get shadowed by the canapy of landscape trees and shrubs. So while we wait for them to receive the lighting/site plan, in order to give us a second bid, what have the rest of you done for pathway lighting? Have any of you started out with no outdoor lighting, then retrofitted as needed for the extra dark places, if any? Have any of you experienced having an outdoor lighting plan (parking lots/pathways) that felt too "lit" after move-in, and then had to turn off some of the lights? Thanks, Patty Mara Tierra Nueva CoHousing San Luis Obispo County, CA
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