Hello Philip, yes Kebur Concrete was the old trading name when we used to manufacture our own slabs in the 80's, the company was founded by my late grandfather George Bursey over 50 years ago, we are still going strong, we have developed quite a bit over the years since then and our site has now trebled in size. We no longer manufacture our own paving, but have vast stocks of paving and fencing as well as running outr own landscaping installation division. Nice to hear from you it's funny how people always remember the Kebur name!
What a lovely wall. That pale stone will take particularly well to being lit. Actually, I think the wooden formers are works of art in themselves!
You know, with spaces of this size, I think that I would definitely experiment with some LED marker lights - the type used to edge decking. For around £50, a ten light kit with transformer would give you two lights per arch (equally spaced along the 40cm depth). The thin two core cable to each light can be easily extended if necessary and you only need to core drill 22mm holes to sink the lights into. If the light is a little stark and bright, then a little stippling with some brownish gloss paint on the lenses will soon soften it up. Yes, of course, I can always discuss on the phone - mobile number on my profile page.
A lot of the answer is obviously going to depend on the sort of effect that you are looking for in each of the arches, and will also be determined, to a certain extent by the length of the wall, and the size of cable that you have installed.
I'm guessing that we are talking about recessed downlights of some sort. A single source of light from directly above will give you a slightly eerie Gothic effect, which can work well with a stone wall.
Halogen lamps are still a very popular choice because they give a clear warm light that picks out colours well. They are good from my point of view because they give choices of intensity , beam spread, and power input (mains or 12v). However, the higher wattage lamps are not particularly eco friendly or cheap to run (but at least, in your case, there are only five).
LED lamps give out a slightly less sympathetic light but are virtually maintenance free and extremely cheap to run, with a very low carbon footprint. The choices of lamps and fittings are growing almost by the day.
If your arches are very large, then another option would be metal halide lamps. These are often used in retailing because they are much brighter, per watt, than halogens.
Cost wise, you can basically spend very little up to a small fortune. The cheapest solution, and one that I would definitely consider if the arches are relatively small, would be to use LED marker lights. These range in size from the typical deck lights to the driveway edging lights. They all have a medium width beam and are pretty indestructible with excellent weather resistance. All but the largest ones will tolerate quite a long run of cable from the transformer.
For halogen lamps, you probably wouldn't want to spend a lot, as most of the fitting would be buried in the top of the arch, so a simple cast aluminium spike light fitting would do the job. They can be bought with mains or 12v lamp fittings inside. If the appearance of the fitting is important, then the more expensive manufacturers make copper or stainless steel downlights. You will also have to go to the top end manufacturers if you want to use metal halide lamps.
So, there's lots of choice! Now you're going to ask what I would use! Well, without seeing the wall and the arches, I'm going to have a stab. If the light fittings are intended to be unseen, then I would go for a mix of the above, which would be 230v black aluminium spike light fittings (spikes removed, obviously!) with wide beam LED lamps inside, which will also light the inside edges of your arches. This would give you a very low cost solution that is just as robust as using expensive fittings.
Although many designers go for 12v systems, we prefer to use mains electricity all the way, which means that all the cabling needs to be properly protected and designed for outdoor use. The 12v route would entail heftier cables from a remote transformer, or finding somewhere to conceal outdoor transformers in your wall (probably not an option). I'm sure you're far better genned up on French electrical regulations than I am but it might be worth checking up on them before you start.
We source our lights and lamps on a pretty ad hoc basis, as every garden and client seems to have different requirements. Sorry - we don't actually supply lights, but I can point you in the direction of online suppliers who, I'm sure, would send to France.
Business is going quite well, my landscaping business is a sideline at the moment as I have a full time job in nuclear decommissioning but the project I am working on will probably be finished in about 4 to 5 years so I am trying to slowly build my business to provide me a decent living then. Having said that we have a large amount of work booked in already this year even though our season is just beginning , so in the next couple of weeks I have a guy starting with me full time along with the couple of casual guys I have at weekends.
I am currently in Florida on holiday and have been reading that last week back home we have had the hottest March day on record - Typical ! Last week the phone was busy with customers wanting their first grass cut done but now that it is colder at home the phone has been silent, great how the weather dictates our workload !
Going home tommorrow with recharged batteries ready to get stuck in !!
Hi Phil, is there a typo in the letter you just sent round? where it says 'As an example, where it might take 600 minutes ( that's over one working day) for one person to walk 100 yards to water 100 trees 96 minutes for each tree round trip)' should that be 6 minutes, not 96?
Hi Phil, re. LJN stickers: sorry to say it's not working out as even vaguely viable. I had thought to promote other services to make up for the time spent on stickers, but I'm constantly rather swamped with regular work here anyway.
I've decided we can no longer offer the stickers, unless somebody would care to do the leg-work of mailing them in 2s and 3s as required.
It was our pleasure to bring the Pink Tap to the show, we are just sorry we couldn't make it during the show days. There was a lot of things and people we wanted to see and talk to, we'll make the next one.
I found the show very useful, made some very good contacts, already put some of those chats into action, signing up to forecourt fuels for one..
I terms of location and timing I thought it was perfect as we are fairly local, that said I would be happy to travel further to see the next show.
I am sure the more exhibitors that sign up and come on board would make just as good an impression. I think to have 3 or 4 of the same types of company would be good as it show diversity and choice for starters because we can all become reliant on 1 or 2 regular suppliers and become blinkered to who else is out there in this competitive market..
Marketing the show is very important and great to see the likes of Marshall's on board as they are instantly recognisable in the industry.. in the future the more advertsing about the show would be great, not sure if possible but theres Pitchcare/APL, would they be interested in pushing the show ? Just food for thought, in the mean time I will keep thinking of ways to expand the next show...keep up the good work..
Thanks Phil - it was a really positive day for us. Katy and I met several very interesting new people and reinforced connections with existing associates. Well done on a fab show! I'll be in touch with info on the Show Gardens Seminar - what's the best way to broadcast it to LJ members?