Electric in Landscaping Lighting - 8 Elements to Remember
Landscape designers who work in the lighting area have a duty to give full attention to the electrical part of landscape lighting, so that in addition to delivering a beautiful project, it guarantees the safety of the place and people and also provides practicality and savings for the customer's life.
Landscaping is a career that demands a lot from the professional, such as: knowledge of botany, design, irrigation, among others. And when it comes to landscape designers who work with lighting, some more requirements are added. In addition to needing to master several techniques and being up to date on industry trends, you also need to have knowledge of electrical to be successful from the creation of the landscape design to the execution of lighting.
The customer does not remember the electrical part
Rarely will the customer remember the electrical part of the landscape lighting, especially before the execution of the project. But you as a professional who works with lighting are obliged to pay attention to each element. What's more, probably a good part of the countless technologies you know, your customer doesn't even know it exists. So it’s good that you present some. If he decided to invest in lighting and hired a professional for that, the responsibility is entirely yours.
To avoid future headaches or To avoid future headaches or even not to have your career ruined by a failure that puts the safety of the project at risk, present the customer with lighting technologies that in addition to providing practicality, generates savings and guarantees the safety of the place.We know how easy an electrical problem is, to become a big nightmare. That is why we asked the engineer and professor of Landscape Lighting course Edson Barbosa Júnior to highlight some elements that deserve attention in the electrical part.
8 elements of the electrical part in landscape lighting
1. Certification: The project must be carried out based on technical standards. Any type of electrical material used must have origin and Inmetro certification. Since it is the lighting of the outside and to maintain the safety of the place and people, all products used must comply with the Protection Index (PI).
2. Practicality: The positioning and distribution of switches and lighting equipment must be extremely analyzed when developing the project, to maintain safety and provide practicality to those who circulate in the environment.
3. Lighting circuit: To activate only part of the lighting when desired and not need to change the entire electrical part when a problem appears, it is ideal to have a switch for each lighting circuit. Therefore, in the project it is important to think about the distribution of electrical circuits for each scenario, such as: tree tops, lakes, lawns, vertical gardens, balconies, paths, among others.
4. Timer: For automatic lighting, it is recommended to use a timer. Thus it is possible to program the days, times and duration of the lighting. It is a good option for customers who want convenience and economy.
5. Lighting sensors: Another great option to save energy and that your customer will surely love, especially if he has a failed memory. These sensors activate the illumination whenever the brightness decreases. So you don't have to worry about turning on the lights at night or turning them off during the day.
6. Motion sensors: Another incredible alternative. Well, they contribute even more to energy savings, since they only activate lighting when they detect movements. These sensors also allow you to program how long the light should stay on after detecting a movement, in addition to contributing to safety, as they are widely used in entrances.
7. Distance: In most cases and the choice of lamps, it is recommended that the lamps are not too close to the vegetation so that the heat emitted does not burn the foliage.
8. Proper choice of lamps: There are many options for lamps, but LEDs are the most suitable for lighting in the landscape, due to several factors such as: long service life, economy and low temperature, which prevents the transmission of excess heat to the vegetation.
Investing in the electrical part brings benefits to the customer, who besides having a beautiful lighted garden, has guaranteed security, practicality and can still save. And for the landscaper it brings the tranquility of knowing that you will not be charged for what you did not do and you can still receive several indications.
By: Conapa Newsroom