Lighting Civic & Historical Properties:
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Ross De Alessi Lighting Design > Civic & Historical Gallery > Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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Multiple lamp sources were employed for façades and foliage in this working lighting laboratory
Photo: Douglas A. Salin
RDLD’s exterior and landscape lighting design needed to pass both the Board of Curators’ and Architectural Review Board’s scrutiny, as well as the boards’ mandate that the specimen foliage not be disturbed, or even pruned, during the lighting process. RDLD succeeded on all counts, earning commendations and thanks from several active community groups. This project also has the distinction of being a working lighting laboratory for lighting fixture manufacturer BEGA US, which underwrote the entire project, and then donated the system to the county for $1.00.

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Arches are uplighted with low profile ledge lights
Photo: Douglas A. Salin
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The clock is highlighted from all four sides while the building appears to be surrounded with luminarios
Photo: Douglas A. Salin
1995 - Award of Excellence, International Association of Lighting Designers
1995 - Paul Waterbury Award of Excellence, International Illumination Design Awards; IES
1994 - Award of Excellence, Edison Award Competition; General Electric