VOLT Lighting has announced the launch of the new feature-filled Woodsman series of landscape lighting downlights.
VOLT said the line includes two models – the first with LEDs integrated into the luminaire body (for faster installation) and the second that uses interchangeable LED bulbs (for greater design flexibility).
The company’ Director of Marketing and Product Development, Mr Michael Caselnova Jr., said the low voltage Woodsman downlights are compact and lightweight which makes them easy to handle at the top of a ladder.
“Our challenge was to create a series of lights that can be safely and easily installed high into a tree,” he said.
“In the realm of landscape lighting, downlights produce important and compelling effects. Moonlighting is one of these. By installing downlights high into trees and projecting their light through leaves and branches, a moonlighting effect is produced.”
The new fixture mount for this series has a tripod shape that offsets the luminaire several inches from the tree bark, further simplifying installation.
“The development of this (and all) new lights is largely guided by our discussions with lighting pros. They not only want downlights to be easy to install, they want them to be maintenance free. Tree-mounted lights are subject to a lot of physical abuse; such as wind, storms, and debris. Such forces can move the fixtures causing them to change their intended direction,” said Jesse Harper, the Manager of Product Development.
“If that happens, the installer must climb the ladder again, re-aim the fixtures, then point them in the correct direction. To prevent that problem from reoccurring, we developed a robust fine-toothed knuckle that can be hand-tightened and aimed for maximum precision and that never loses its grip.”
Another important feature that makes these lights maintenance-free is the watertight construction and the LED light source.
“We started with the certainty that LEDs would be the light source for our fixtures. But our customers are split in the type of LEDs they want. Some want them to be integrated into the fixture body – that simplifies installation,” Mr Harper explained.
“Others want to use replaceable LED bulbs – for design flexibility. We ended up doing both. One model uses an integrated LED; the other is lamp-ready. Both types required precise engineering to properly manage the heat. Fortunately, we have the staff and equipment to engineer that.”