Here is an update on the Pondless waterfall we built in Asheville this summer. Some of the edging walls are done and a nice stone stepper pathway. We did not do the edging work but it ties in nicely.
Installing aquatic and landscape lighting is more of an art than a science.
I always love adding that finishing touch on our landscaping and water feature projects, the lighting. It brings our features to life and allows our clients to enjoy their landscapes and waterfalls anytime of the day or night.
We only use high quality LED low voltage lighting systems for our features in Asheville.
Installing a lighting system in a landscape or water feature can be very mathematical in some ways, measuring voltage drop and calculating wattage. But the end result is more of an artistic endeavor.
In water features specifically, lighting placement can dramatically enhance the experience for your clients. It can also take away from the feature if the lighting is improperly placed.
In the landscape, fixture choices can be a feature in themselves. When installing pathway lighting, the fixture will become a part of the landscape. So choice of fixture and placement is important.
In waterfalls, we like to install our aquatic lights under the falls, as apposed to spot lighting the fall from a distance. This allows the water to flow over the light and create a glowing, sparkling effect.
We always use LED bulbs for our aquatic lighting. I’ve learned this from experience, halogen bulbs need replacement nearly once a year. This is difficult if your fixture is 3 ft deep in a pond.
Here are a couple things to look for when having your lighting professionally installed, or if you choose to install yourself:
Using a quality transformer for your system may be more expensive in the beginning, but will possibly save you money in the long run. A lesser quality transformer will not last as long and will cost more in the future for service calls from your installer.
Having your wiring done correctly the first time will save you hours of troubleshooting and fixture replacement. Using the common ‘box store’ connectors are not recommended. We recommend either silicone wire nuts or heat-shrinking connections if possible.
Here’s a good video on the simplicity of heat shrinking connections:
Feel free to give us a call for any new or existing landscape or aquatic lighting projects. We also do landscape lighting design for ponds, waterfalls and gardens in Asheville, NC.
Living Waters Landscaping
We are almost finished with this vanishing waterfall in Asheville.
A vanishing waterfall is different from a Pondless Waterfall.
With a traditional Pondless Waterfall, all of the water used to circulate in the falls is stored at the base of the falls in a ‘Pondless basin’ that is created using ‘Aqua blocks’ (basically structural milk crates) set inside a rubber liner and covered with river rock.
This is a good system and very functional.
However it leaves no room to filter out leaf debris that may fall into the system.
With a vanishing waterfall, we can install a leaf catch filter away from the system for easy maintenance.
Here you can see the Filtrific leaf catch filter tank set away from the base of the falls. We will backfill around the filter box so that it will be integrated into the landscape.
After the water in the system flows through the Filtrific filter box, in drops into the vanishing basin. This can be man made or you can use a pre-fabricated cistern.
For this project we built a 4000 gallon tank out of cinder block and lined the inside.
We also use Filtrific holding tanks or even plastic septic tanks for our systems.
You can install your submersible pump into the tank or draw water for the waterfall from the tank using an external pump.
Here’s a quick video of our current vanishing waterfall project in Asheville.
Here’s a short time lapse video of us moving and setting a waterfall stone on our current Pondless Waterfall project in Asheville, nc.
The site is difficult to access and all materials need to be brought down to the job site by hand.
Check back soon for more updates on this project.
Living Waters Landscaping