Commercial Landscape Lighting
Milwaukee County’s Boerner Botanical Gardens has been the destination of choice for park goers and garden enthusiasts since it’s inception in the 1930s. Illuminating these expansive gardens to extend the public’s usage and enjoyment into the evening hours, year-round, was the goal. Installing durable lighting fixtures, flexible mounting systems, and a bullet proof electrical infrastructure were a few of the challenges.
When it comes to durability in landscape lighting equipment, it doesn’t get much tougher than cast bronze fixtures. We chose materials such as cast bronze, copper, and cor-ten steel for the construction of the fixtures we installed. These materials ensure longevity in the landscape as well as a beautiful long-lasting finish that would blend into the gardens. Due to the constantly evolving nature of the gardens we employed adjustable risers on fixtures located in areas planted heavily with perennials. Concrete footings anchored the custom bollard-style path lights along walking routes. All wire was buried in PVC conduit to eliminate damaged cables during plantings and garden renovations.
This project required 10 transformers and over 400 lighting fixtures. All light sources are LED and all connections were made using weatherproof heat shrink brass connectors. Every fixture location is viewable from a 360° angle and required carefully selecting locations and utilizing shielding and/or hex cell louvers to eliminate or minimize glare. Just about a full mile of PVC conduit was installed along with over 2 miles of low voltage lighting cable.