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 Art of Outdoor Lighting: Landscapes with the Beauty of Lighting
Beautifully illustrated with vibrant photography, The Art of Outdoor Lighting: Landscapes with the Beauty of Lighting offers inspiration and practical ideas for painting the outdoors with light.

--Presents more than 250 beautiful full-color photographs of spectacular outdoor spaces. --Features lighting ideas for a wide range of landscapes, from palatial estates to pool areas to rooftop decks. --Includes a section on lighting techniques for outdoor rooms for living and entertaining under the stars.

  Date Published 5/1/1999

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Rated By: Francis Kwok
From: Tuen Mun Hong Kong
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Comments: This is a very good book for my new house
Simple... this book is extremely useful to me. You know I broguth a new house and it help me alot of design stuff... it saved us alot of design fee... worth to buy this boolk. Go ahead.
Rated By: Joseph T. Masciotti
From: Reading, PA
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Comments: expert opinion
Wonderful photographs but otherwise a bit thin. This is a picture book mostly of California projects with some colder climate installations so these lush landscapes can only be envied by homeowners and gardeners outside the semi-tropics. DIYers will find this particular meal consists more of dessert than substantial fare. The clear intention of this book is as a feast for the eye and the few pages of technical information consist of an overview of techniques, common mistakes (with which I heartily concur), Q & A and a glossary. There is a helpful list of lighting designers (the first I've seen) limited mostly to the West Coast. There are plenty of good ideas here and most of the photograph captions contain a brief but useful description of how the lighting effects were achieved.
Rated By: Angel Lee
From: Cleveland, OH
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Comments: Great gallery of artistic lighting & designer sourcebook
This book is filled with examples from around the world of magnificent homes that are enhanced by stunning outdoor lighting effects. It is as much a gallery of artistic lighting as it is a sourcebook for the designer or homeowner looking for ways to make their home stand out.

The book is broken into sections with a brief overview of each before the many photographic examples. These include transforming a home after dark with dramatic lighting effects, creating a moon lighting effect and my favorite section on lighting pools and fountains with some really fabulous designs. There are also sections on outdoor rooms, landscape lighting and some wonderful ideas on using the view in through a window as part of the exterior design and lighting plan.

Full color, full-page photos fill most of the book. Brief descriptions are provided in captions along with designer and photographer credits. There is contact information for these designers and photographers along with some lighting manufacturers in the back of the book. This is a design book, not a technical manual. Each caption tells the type of fixtures used but there is no information on wiring or installation.

A very useful chapter on common lighting mistakes along with frequently asked questions and a glossary conclude the book. Although most of the examples in this book are of homes well beyond average means, many of the ideas and principles presented can be adapted to enhance almost any dwelling. I found it quite inspirational and enjoyable.

Rated By: David Smyth "Dave"
From: Delaware
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Comments: If you live in a....
If you live in a 5 million dollar house, this is the book for you. If you have a 3000 sq foot cape cod, forget it. I purchased this book to learn how to light MY house. I don't have a 60 foot indoor pool, or a mountain top view of downtown LA. This book was of no use to me at all. I give it 2 stars because it has nice photos, of houses most of us will never see in person.