Marian Serrano Outdoor September 08th, 2018 - 23:10:28
What we're going to talk about is a cool new product coming out from Kichler landscape lighting John, and I just had a chance to go down visit the Kichler headquarters in Cleveland. Ohio got to check out their operations, got sea-launch for some of their new products, and we managed to bring back some samples to show here and basically, what they are are accent lights that are variable lumen output. And so what does that mean? It basically means that in one fixture you can have three different lumen outputs or three different amounts of light coming from that fixture.
So why is that important? Well in landscape, when you're dealing with things that are growing? That's really really awesome, so you can start with one fixture that can adapt through the change in in height of your of your trees.
So, for example, like I've got an apple tree in my backyard that I've got a four and a half watt fixture on right. Now that is completely overwhelmed because it's only been in there for two seasons and it hasn't fully matured yet, but as that tree grows that four and a half watt fixture might not be enough, and so I may have to change that out at some point or Add another one in with this fixture, it adapts to the growing the growing trees.
The other thing for contractors, it's nice - is that if you don't know what fixture you're a require maybe you're looking at okay. Well, I need a four and a half, or maybe this one needs an eight and a half, I'm not quite sure yet so I'll put in the four and a half first and see how that looks and then go to the eight and a half. And you know see what the difference is adds on to your your labor time.
Obviously, and also that cost is, is factored into your quotient and passed on to the customer. So if we can simplify that through a variable output fixture, you can put one fixture in and if it's not quite bright enough, there's a simple magnet that you take and there's a little there's a little dot on on the top of the fixture. They hold. The magnet to it allows you to cycle through the electronic settings within the light fixture. That'S going to change the lumen output, so there's two fixtures, a small and a large and the small one is going to be going to put out 100 200 and 300 lumen and that's going to be at 2 watts three and a half watts and five and A half watts so you're actually getting it used to be that to get that 200 lumen, you needed a four and a half watt fixture and to get the 300 lumen, you needed an eight and a half watt fixture.
Now we can do that at three and a half, so a watt off there and five and a half so three watts off there to create the same amount of light output, so more efficient light output and it's going to be a cleaner optic as well. Really really good light output on on this fixture and then we get into the large fixture and the large fixture is going to give you both 400, both 600 and then just over 800 lumen and that's going to go, I believe, between 6 watts and 16 watts. So 6, 11 and 16 watt coming out of that large fixture. So that's going to give you a lot of a lot of light output can can do some, some pretty big, pretty big trees, some pretty big properties - and this is all just 12 volt low voltage, landscape lighting.
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