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The Art of Outdoor Lighting: Landscapes With the Beauty of Lighting Hardcover – May 1, 1999
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About the Author
Randall Whitehead, IALD, ASID Affiliate, is an internationally known author and speaker on architectural lighting design. He has become a respected authority in the field over the last twenty years as a lighting consultant with projects across the United States and in many other parts of the world. Mr. Whitehead has written several books on the subject, including The Art of Lighting; Residential Lighting: Creating Dynamic Living Spaces; Commercial Lighting: Creating Dynamic Public Spaces; and Lighten Up! A Practical Guide to Residential Lighting. Mr. Whitehead's seminars on residential and commercial lighting have been very well received in the United States, as well as in Canada, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. He teaches continuing education courses for the American Society of Interior Designers, and the American Institute of Architects. He also offers seminars for homeowners and design students on residential remodeling, starting a design business, getting published, and other related topics.
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Introduction: Reclaiming the Outdoors at Night
The purpose of this book is to provide readers with a gallery of extraordinary landscape lighting projects, along with information on how to achieve comparable effects for their own homes or Lighting projects.
For many homeowners, exterior lighting consists simply of a pair of lanterns flanking the front door, with a pole lamp at the end of the drivewayunimaginative at best, for the art and science of Lighting for exterior spaces has been greatly refined in the past decade or two. Over the last fifteen years, lighting manufacturers have worked with lighting designers and landscape architects to create small, well-shielded luminarieslow-glare, low-wattage multipurpose fixtures that virtually disappear into the overall Landscape, gently lighting without overpowering other elements in the outdoor design.
The aim of contemporary lighting for outside spaces is to create a subtle, natural feel. The trend is toward plants, pathways, and sculpture that are painted with light. Trees surrounding a home seem to glowing a silvery blue light; walkways and planting beds are illuminated with dappled patterns of light and shadow. This artful effect is referred to as moon lighting.
In addition to showing many inspiring examples of lighting design for residential exteriors, this book will illuminate the reader about techniques used by professional lighting designers, along with common lighting mistakes.
It is important to note that a successful overall design may involve a team of professionals who work together to create a cohesive Look. Along with a lighting designer, this team can include a landscape designer, a pool contractor, an architect, and an interior designer. But it is the property owners themselves who are the most valuable players on this team; transforming their dreams into an exciting reality becomes the challengeand delightof the other players. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Every edifice here is clearly situated in Majorca, Minorca, some more upscale Caribbean island, or at least some place owned by a particularly successful gear- or silicon-head above San Jose. Many of them have pools, many indoor, though of course the book is aimed at lighting the great outdoors. I think the concept of out- and indoor are rather blurred here: "I want it all > I HAVE it all". So the average Joe or Jane is likely to just have their Social Envy Syndrome aggravated.
Something left out: if you have the dough to indulge in this kind of thing, you've probably bought a place where other people can see your splendor. And build nearby. What do you do when the lights conflict? Steal your light(n)ing, so to speak? Or keep you up at night? (Other people's lights, you know ...)
Quite a number of photos of statues of naked girls. I don't know if these statues are especially common on such estates, or if the author has a special affinity for such. Do they symbolize the real thing, ultimate sign of power and social grandeur? I myself prefer statues of cats, or, even better, actual cats. I suppose, though, that they aren't such status symbols as young female h. sapiens running about in total deshabille. None of these joints are Ancient Egyptian. I wonder how they handled the lighting situation, indoor or outdoors. Must have just sat there and imagined the light. Sun gods, and such. Inward illumination.
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.