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#1 The Planetman

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Posted 30 September 2020 - 10:44 PM

During the construction of a four-seasons room on the back of the house, the wife suggested that I add lighting to illuminate the sidewalk that we added behind the house that leads to the observatory. 
I found this fixture at Lowes and the LED lights from Menards.  The lights are sea turtle friendly! 
Thought I'd share the outcome..........

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#2 TOMDEY

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Posted 30 September 2020 - 11:33 PM

Nifty! Bout as bright as the full moon? Well, they are at least downward-pointing cut-off fixtures.

 

Our outdoor lights are bout as bright as... Polaris.    Tom


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Posted 01 October 2020 - 03:28 AM

Why not using  small solar lights  .  Low level light,  low to the ground.  Just enough to see WHERE you're going.

 

I have two at the entrance  to my observatory , only because  I have curb granet  steps , and a short door. Going in fine,  I duck, going out, that first step can be an ankle buster.

  

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Posted 01 October 2020 - 06:37 AM

They aren't as bright as they appear. The image is a bit over-exposed.

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Posted 01 October 2020 - 09:04 AM

The lights are sea turtle friendly! 

At least your helping out the sea turtles.... wait... you have sea turtles in KY? lol.gif



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Posted 01 October 2020 - 10:55 AM

where is the observatory?



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Posted 01 October 2020 - 11:50 AM

Why not use your red light, that way you begin your dark adaptation.  How much light do you really need to walk the pathway to the observatory ?



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Posted 01 October 2020 - 04:44 PM

Instead of lights I just put down white rock on the edges of the path to the observatory.  Works fine.  The gravel of the path is the same shade of grey as the dirt at night even with my red flashlight so without the white edging I found myself walking off into the brush.

 

You must look out for the Kentucky sea turtles.


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Posted 01 October 2020 - 08:49 PM

Why not use your red light, that way you begin your dark adaptation.  How much light do you really need to walk the pathway to the observatory ?

Why not use your red light, that way you begin your dark adaptation

 

Because my 79 year old mother enjoys coming over and looking at the moon through the scopes and it's easier for her to see without dealing with a flashlight. 

 

How much light do you really need to walk the pathway to the observatory ?

 

Enough for her to see where she's going and she doesn't fall. 

 

Why not using  small solar lights  .  Low level light,  low to the ground.  Just enough to see WHERE you're going.

 

Because I don't like them.

 

where is the observatory?

 

Just out of the left side of the image

 

At least your helping out the sea turtles.... wait... you have sea turtles in KY?

 

Hey, it's Kentucky.....anything is possible

 

The lights are sea turtle friendly!

 

That's what it says on the box.....thought that was interesting


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Posted 02 October 2020 - 03:44 AM

That explains it better , glad she still enjoys looking at the moon..

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Posted 02 October 2020 - 12:50 PM

Planetman sounds like you have it covered.   glow in the dark paint and/or glow in the dark tape placed at certain obstacles such as steps works very well.   This is what most observatories use.   Very cool fixture and lights.



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Posted 06 October 2020 - 08:55 PM

I use red pavement marker lights. They are solar powered and do a good job of lighting the way.

 

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Posted 07 October 2020 - 02:18 PM

I found this fixture at Lowes and the LED lights from Menards.  The lights are sea turtle friendly! 
Thought I'd share the outcome..........

Looks very similar to the fixtures I got from Lowes for outside the front porch of my old house. I liked the look.




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