Landscape Lighting Design

Jan 22 2018 - 1:10pm

The information presented will educate contractors, landscape designers and landscape architects about the key elements needed to design exterior lighting projects.  Not only does lighting enhance a home’s curb appeal and make the property safer and more usable for its occupants, the best designs enhance the interior of the home as well.  When the right things are positioned and illuminated on the outside, lighting them effectively brings the outdoors inside the home.  It expands a space by extending its boundaries, and it allows beautiful views at night through the windows – not just a reflection of yourself in “black glass.”  A beautiful light-scape is a combination of good landscapes, hardscapes and yard art enhanced by the designer incorporating the best lighting technique(s), the best color temperature of light and the most discreet lighting hardware.  A home’s “jewelry” is what surrounds it, and lighting simply allows you to focus attention on it at night.  It’s important to understand the tools of the trade and how to effectively utilize them in lighting design because doing so elevates not only the project at hand, but the profession as well.  

Best practices for accomplishing an attractive lighting design
-Why Light?
-Planning & Design
-How is lighting supposed to feel?
-Lighting techniques
-Determining light levels
-Design process
-Interior view can be just as important as the perimeter view

Increase awareness of the “tools of the trade”
-Photometrics / Foot Candles / Lumens
-Kelvin Temperature
-Reflectance levels
-Use of lenses, screens, and louvers

How Solid State Lighting (LED) impacts lighting design, equipment selection and cost
-LED vs. Incandescent
-Less load = smaller equipment; less cost to run
-No UV/IR so many insects not attracted
-Long life; “green”; no mercury
-Can select color temp to enhance plant material
-Low heat emission so better for plants
-Various types – integrated, drop-in retrofit lamps, modules
-Less time spent on calculating voltage drop

Equipment Selection
-Light levels, beam spread, Kelvin temp, etc.
-Smaller transformers, smaller fixtures (in some cases), smaller wire, more fixtures per wire run and transformer
-Less wire use
-Programmability of some LED systems

-Operating Cost
-Educational Resources

Session Track: 
Landscape Design/Build


Wolf Creek Company

Brooke works as a Lighting Specialist with the Wolf Creek Company, a green industry distributor.  She has worked in the lighting sector for fourteen years, and worked in the automotive sector for 16 years prior to that.  She has degrees in Japanese and Business from Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from Franklin University.  

Brooke received her COLD (Certified Outdoor Lighting Designer) certification in 2011 and her CLVLT (Certified Low Voltage Lighting Technician) certification in 2007.  She is involved in the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP), and is the former chairperson of the CLVLT Committee.  Additionally, Brooke is also involved in the International Landscape Lighting Institute (illi) Board of Directors, and she is a mentor during its intensive lighting design course.  She also teaches lighting installation and design classes for contractors, designers and landscape architects.  

In her spare time she enjoys baking, photography, doing stained glass and scuba diving. Brooke and her husband Doug have been married for 27 years and they have three daughters.