Bringing Color into the Mix By Michael Miyamoto, LC/DBM
Above For the four European fan palms, four ZDC uplights were installed. Three LED uplights highlight the queen palms behind the fan palms. The rest of the fixtures along the backyard perimeter did not require color, so only ZD LED chips were installed. However, the fixtures are easily upgradable to color capability if the homeowner later decides to add more color to the landscape. The redwoods and crepe myrtles in the background are also illuminated with uplights, each containing either six or nine LEDs, depending on the height of each tree. The ground level shrubs are illuminated with wash lights, each with a lower intensity (e.g., three LEDs).
Left An uplight with six LEDs illuminates this pine tree. Because the client wanted Sestak to concentrate mostly on upgrading the backyard, a total of 32 fixtures were installed in the rear of the property, as opposed to only 14 in the front yard. Sestak is a C-10 electrical contractor who has owned his business since 2000. Of the controller, he says, there are additional components that permit a contractor to give the homeowner or end user a unified lighting system. It's now possible to use one controller to "talk" to virtually any lighting fixture on the property.
Landing Public Works Projects
Michael Sestak of Sestak Lighting Design is registered in California as a small business that can bid on state and city projects. He says the procedure took a concerted effort but it is available to everyone.
"It's a process to get there, but once you're there then you can just pick and choose which ones you want," states Sestak.
One project that was done on private land but became public property afterwards was the McKinley Village underpass, which is the main entrance to a new community development that was bordered by a railroad and a highway so a tunnel under the bridge had to be built. He did not have to bid for this project because the developer had seen his work on a public/private project, the residence and grounds at the Historic Governors Mansion State Park that he helped foster as part of the California chapter of the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals and donated his time to design and install.
"It was the first public profile project that myself and others worked on. This for the pure wish to beautify this magnificent building," Sestak remembers. "We really got a lot of press about the efficiency of LED lighting and how it can be applied to historic structures. The developers in town got wind of how this was done and one sought me out."
As for the underpass project, Sestak says that it was motivation to ramp up and develop all the necessary documentation needed to work on similar projects. To become registered, Sestak advises that it's best to have an advocate such as a state official to help get your paperwork in line. And then they might even be a lead to publicly