Out and About: AIA South Dakota Convention


AIA South Dakota

  (Photo Credit: AIA South Dakota)

McKay Landscape Lighting had the opportunity to present on landscape lighting design and applications at ENGAGE, the AIA South Dakota Convention on September 11, 2015.  The annual event brings architects and other design professionals together to learn, share ideas, and meet each other while taking their CEU educational sessions, networking events and the AIA South Dakota Exhibit Expo. 

Here's an overview of the presentation topics:

  • A Brief History of Landscape Lighting Systems
  • Compare LED and Halogen Lighting Systems
  • Landscape Lighting System Components
  • The Role Lighting Plays in Overall Site Design
  • Actual Project Application Pictorials

The history of landscape lighting is interesting as the first fixtures were created using tractor head lights in coffee cans and hooking them up with a 12-volt battery. Today, fixtures are smaller, sleeker, made with strong high-grade metals, and designed to be aesthetically pleasing. Just over the past 5 years, outdoor lighting technology has changed vastly. LED lighting systems are the wave of the future allowing 80% less energy with 2 to 12 watts, varying color temperatures, 10x longer lamp life, and beam spreads varying from 15 to 100 degrees. In the presentation, we went into more detail comparing halogen and LED lighting systems and their components.

Landscape Lighting & Design Presentation

   (Photo Credit: AIA South Dakota)

It’s easy to talk about lighting systems and the impact they make on the design aesthetic of a residence or building, it's another to be able to actually see it. Jerry McKay, owner of McKay Landscape Lighting, and AJ, outdoor lighting designer, presented case studies of actual landscape lighting applications, and discussed the technical information about each project. They showed different types of lighting systems that when combined with architectural lighting and site lighting, will add night time appeal, security and safety.

AIASD Special Awards - McKay

Later on that day, Jerry and AJ were both presented with Special Awards for presenting at the state architect convention. "We are very honored and grateful for the opportunity to spend time with such a great organization," said Jerry McKay, owner of McKay Landscape Lighting.

McKay offers lunch and learn seminars to businesses that want to learn more about how customized outdoor lighting designs can benefit their business or client needs. Our team can customize the content and time to fit your organization's interests or needs. To find out more about outdoor lighting or our lunch and learn opportunities, please feel free to contact us directly at (402) 289.3424 or info@mckaylighting.com.

Lighting is what we do. Every day.

We’ve been in the landscape industry since 1987, becoming a dedicated landscape lighting firm in 1992. Our experienced lighting designers provide the expertise and experience needed to light your outdoor space for both beauty and security. Our goal is to provide the highest quality, custom lighting services and products, to homes and businesses across the nation.

If you have any questions about landscape lighting or would like to discuss your outdoor lighting needs, please feel free to contact us directly at (402) 289.3424, info@mckaylighting.com, or simply fill out our quick form online, and we’ll contact you to set up your free consultation.


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