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Illuminated Concepts in Landscape Contractor National Magazine

Landscape Contractor National’s Best Lighting Effects

Compiled by Erik Skindrud, regional editor


Lighting Design and Landscape Architects

Lighting is a technical field that often prompts landscape architects to collaborate with lighting design specialists. For example, a landscape architect may specify the position of individual lamps on a site plan, with a lighting team making adjustments in the field based on the actual position of shrubs, trees and architectural features.

The relationship between Ohio-based landscape architect Tom Craven and lighting designer Dave Johanning exemplifies the close working relationship between the professions.

“(Dave’s) work has exceeded my expectations,” Craven recently told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s great to have a true professional working on a project.”

The photos on these pages are the winning entries from LASN’s sister publication Landscape Contractor National’s annual lighting design competition. See bottom of page for more about entering your work in next year’s Best Lighting Effects contest.


Chuck Evans has been in the landscape lighting business for 19 years. Illuminated Concepts specializes in low-voltage and fiber-optic lighting design and installation. In the above top picture, lighting accents a stone walkway and planting bed at a residential project at Newport Beach, Calif. Bullet lamps up light blue point junipers that are trimmed in ornate topiary shapes. Down lights (with directing shrouds) provide soft, non-glaring area lighting, controlled with individual switches. On above bottom picture, this attractive courtyard looks ready for a performance of one of Shakespeare’s better-known plays. Down lights with shrouds and honeycomb glare filters cross-focus lights so the fountain can be viewed from the entryway and the dining room windows. Bullet lamps mounted above focus on the balcony to accent the architectural feature. Additional micro-spread accent fixtures focus on plants in pots and illuminate the stonework at the front entry

photos by Chuck Evans

  • "We could not believe the difference! You really cannot compare them. The new LED lights illuminate the palm trees,shrubs,barbecue areas, garage doors etc. Our house at night looks so much classier. Chuck asked us what we wanted in the way of lighting as we all walked around the house. He then came back with the [...]"

    Yelp: Mandy B. Mission Viejo

  • "Chuck called me and set up an appt. came on time. Work was done that day. He is a professional most people today don’t do what they say. I am very happy with his work. He got my malibu lights working I am a very happy camper I wish all contractors would be as efficent [...]"

    HomeAdvisor: Dorothy P. in Yorba Linda

  • "We originally had Illuminated Concepts out to give us a bid on fixing issues with our existing exterior lighting system as well as to discuss our lighting needs for a new patio cover and how best to incorporate those lights with our existing lights.  Chuck was friendly, professional and extremely knowledgeable. Additionally I was very [...]"

    Yelp: – Q.R. Tustin