2.12 Landscaping Lighting

Landscape lighting should be used to enhance safety and security on the site, to provide adequate lighting for nighttime activities and to highlight special site features. See Chapter 6: Electrical Engineering, Lighting, Exterior Lighting.

U.S. Courthouse, Brownsville, TX
U.S. Courthouse, Brownsville, TX

The primary purpose of any particular application of landscape lighting will help determine the requirements for light coverage and intensity. Generally, unobtrusive lighting schemes are preferred. Where the intent of the lighting is primarily aesthetic, the A/E is encouraged to consider low-voltage systems.

Color. It is desirable to maintain a single, or at least similar, light color throughout the project site.

Fixtures. Site lighting fixtures should complement other site elements. Fixtures should be placed so people do not look directly at the light source. To avoid plant damage and fire hazard, high intensity or heat generating fixtures shall not be located immediately adjacent to plant material. Fixtures shall be resistant to vandalism and easily replaceable from local sources.

Controls. Landscape lighting and building illumination should be controlled by clock-activated or photocell activated controllers.


Last Reviewed 2016-08-02