lighting a pond

Old 11-10-02, 12:10 PM
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lighting a pond

We have a pond which is approximately 1/4 acre in size (about 150x75 feet. I am trying to figure out a way to light it at night so that there is a nice even light on it without anything too harsh. I had put two floodlights on the ground near the edge, but they tended to light the trees/bushes on the opposite bank more than the water. I've heard that a mercury vapor light in a tree will throw light similar to moonlight, but my concern is that it will look like a streetlight in the trees (ince we live in a rather wooded area). I'd like something as unobtrusive as possible that will throw natural-looking light down on the water but not make the yard look like a prisonyard when lit. Any ideas?
I have enclosed a digital picture of the pond. The picture is taken from the house, and there are two relatively large trees to the right of the photo just out of view and maybe 20 feet from the edge.
Old 11-10-02, 03:24 PM
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You need light(s) high in the trees to aim at the pond. The fixture(s) should be aiming away from your viewing position and be deep shielded to prevent the light from spilling out all over if only the pond is to be lit.

Something like this metal halide micro flood with deep shield might work.

Puting lights in trees is a difficult thing to do well. Trees grow and can envelope and destroy improperly mounted or maintained fixtures and cables/conduits. There should be some flexibility left for the tree to grow but you cannot ignore the growth and will actually have to reinstall the fixures and conduits every few months or years depending on the type of tree as the slack or flexibility is used up. Please remember that your or your neighbors' kids might be in that tree.

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