Photo Courtesy of Dallas Arboretum

Opened October 6, the Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill is the newest and premier addition to the Dallas Arboretum. The 2 acre rill features a collection of over 80 varieties of 200 signature Japanese Maples that follow a winding stream and paved walkways leading into the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn. Rather than using the R40 175W mercury vapor lamps that would have required ballast boxes to be mounted to trees, Lighting Science Group worked with Unique Lighting of Texas to illuminate the area with the Definity PAR30 LED bulbs.

“While the gardens are beautiful during the day, at night the lighting is so wonderful it makes you feel as though you are in a magical land,” said Nancy Rutchik, commissioner and funder of the maple grounds.

Photo Courtesy of Dallas Arboretum

The LED bulbs used beautifully highlight the trees without costing the Dallas Arboretum unnecessary electricity and maintenance expenses; the entire system consumes only 1830 watts.  That’s about the same amount of watts used for any average hairdryer and is dwarfed by the 21,350 watts figure required by a mercury vapor lamp substitute.

Visitors now continue to return to the gardens to see them lit in the evenings during the Arboretum’s Concert in the Garden series and for various after hour’s events and wedding receptions.

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