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Help with some lighting for my Tree Sequence pic?
Posted by: DP
Date: January 04, 2022 08:26PM
I posted about a year ago a sequence of images I had done of a tree in a hayfield that I passed by on my way up to our cottage. I decided to get an image of the tree in each season and then make large prints to mount on a big open wall above the fireplace at the cottage.

So here's a pic of the images mounted on the wall:



Here's the view from the fireplace facing the cross beam over the living area:



And lastly, the view showing the cross beam and the images:



Where I'm going with this is that the position of the images leaves them in a bit of a dark area and I'd like to get some lighting on the pix. I looked at some lights and thought I just need a little illumination but I'd also like not to have power cords showing, or, at least minimal wiring evident.

Are there battery powered small lights I can just sent on the cross beam say, two on either side of the "V"? The beam isn't too high up so it's easy enough to change batteries but then I'd a need a remote to turn them on in the evening, etc.

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Re: Help with some lighting for my Tree Sequence pic?
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 04, 2022 08:36PM
Could you change out the light fixture on that fan to be one with adjustable spots, sort of like that light you have on the wall in the kitchen? It looks like you could then angle one towards the trees.





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Re: Help with some lighting for my Tree Sequence pic?
Posted by: DP
Date: January 04, 2022 08:52PM
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Could you change out the light fixture on that fan to be one with adjustable spots, sort of like that light you have on the wall in the kitchen? It looks like you could then angle one towards the trees.

Probably-but, boy is that a PITA to get up there (it's about 17 feet up also!) and that light is also used for general lighting. That idea never even occurred to me, either!





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Re: Help with some lighting for my Tree Sequence pic?
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 04, 2022 10:02PM
Yeah, it looks pretty high up, I wouldn’t want to get up there either.





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Re: Help with some lighting for my Tree Sequence pic?
Posted by: Bixby
Date: January 04, 2022 10:39PM
Seems like you could run an electrical cord up the side of the cabinet and then on the 'top' of the beam where it would be hidden, and then discretely connect lights. I'd probably go with AC-powered. You could consider a solar-powered landscape light(s), but you won't have has much flexibility and options that way.
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Re: Help with some lighting for my Tree Sequence pic?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: January 05, 2022 04:44AM
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Seems like you could run an electrical cord up the side of the cabinet and then on the 'top' of the beam where it would be hidden, and then discretely connect lights. I'd probably go with AC-powered.

This would be my suggestion. You'll get some cord on the wall but it can be run next to the cabinet so not so obvious. Maybe even "through" the cabinet by making a hole in the top so the cord comes out the bottom and plugs into an outlet in the kitchen. It would be nice if you could split off the power to the microwave to put in another plug, but I'm pretty sure microwaves need to be on their own circuit. Do you have undercabinet lighting? Anyway, then along the top of the beam. Then it would just come out to the face of the beam with your choice of lights. But then its one and done. You could put them on a timer so they go on and off on a schedule or put them on a smart plug to control with an app.



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Re: Help with some lighting for my Tree Sequence pic?
Posted by: JoeM
Date: January 05, 2022 06:47AM
If you decide you don’t want to run a wire for AC, you can take a look at a battery powered art spotlight with remote control. Here’s a few:

[www.wayfair.com]

BTW, love the wood work!



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Re: Help with some lighting for my Tree Sequence pic?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: January 05, 2022 07:17AM
It looks to be about a 5x7 foot area needing light from about eight feet away (maybe 10'). That would require a pretty strong light, more than you would likely get from any battery-operated flood. Even then the battery lights would need a battery swap every week (assuming six hours a night), which would get old quickly.

So the idea of running an ac line across the beam and down the cabinet does seem like the best one. While it requires more work upfront, it would be better than having to hauling in a ladder to switch the batteries every week.

If an outlet isn't handy by the cabinet, tying into the microwave line should not be an issue if you use a LED bulb in the spotlight fixture. The draw would only be 10-12 watts.

Just be sure the angle of illumination is sufficient to cover the pictures (ideally look for an adjustable spot)



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Re: Help with some lighting for my Tree Sequence pic?
Posted by: Acer
Date: January 05, 2022 08:12AM
Metal wire mold, painted to color, can be a good way to hide surface wires in a way that looks professional.

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Re: Help with some lighting for my Tree Sequence pic?
Posted by: MikeF
Date: January 05, 2022 08:34AM
What about a solar powered garden type spotlight? There looks to be light from the skylight...
Something like:
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Re: Help with some lighting for my Tree Sequence pic?
Posted by: DP
Date: January 06, 2022 06:09AM
Thx all for the suggestions!





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