Governor’s Mansion Lighting Project Wins National Award

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California Capital Project Named AOLP Best In Show

March 18, SACRAMENTO –A two-year project to install state-of-the-art exterior landscape lighting at Sacramento’s Governor’s Mansion Historic State Park was named Best In Show at the 2014 Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals national conference in San Diego.

The AOLP awards program evaluates entrants from all over the United States. The goal of the awards is to honor and promote professional excellence in outdoor lighting design and to recognize industry achievement.

“The Governor’s Mansion Historic State Park is a Sacramento treasure but one that is sometimes overlooked,” said Michael Sestak of Sestak Lighting Design, who played a leading role in organizing the public-private collaborative project. “My colleagues on this project and I worked to light the structure in a way that accents the incredible beauty of the building thereby giving it a new life. We were extremely honored to have the opportunity to contribute our skills to our community and our state in such a meaningful way.”

Gov. Jerry Brown and Sacramento residents celebrated the completion of the two-year collaborative project by the California Chapter of AOLP and California State Parks at a festive Light Up The Night event held Nov. 4, marking the community’s first look at the mansion as enhanced by the new exterior lighting achat vrai viagra.

The idea for the lighting project was hatched during a chance meeting between Sestak; Cathy Taylor, superintendent of the California State Parks Capital District; and Ruth Gottlieb of the Governor’s Mansion Foundation over lunch at Midtown restaurant Lucca. “Cathy and Ruth were brainstorming ways to bring attention to the Governor’s Mansion, which was about to roll out a historic restoration of its 1877 third floor,” Sestak says. “I said, ‘Light the place up!’”

Sestak took the idea to the California AOLP Chapter, which agreed to sponsor the project. Sestak, Andy Thomas of Viewpoint Lighting, and Scott Sissom of Elegant Outdoor Lighting donated design and installation services. All lighting materials, valued at approximately $55,000, were donated by FX Luminaire.

Project challenges included the steep viewing angles created by the high windows of the Victorian mansion as well as restrictions of working with a designated historic building: no drilling was allowed, and the installation was required to be reversible and non-obtrusive. The design incorporated FX Luminaire’s  Luxor ZD Lighting Controller and newly launched ZD line of dimmable LEDs with unlimited programmable capabilities.

The Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals was established in 2001 to establish standards, educate industry professionals and increase awareness of the outdoor lighting industry. For more information on the AOLP awards program, visit

Michael Sestak founded Sestak Lighting Design in 2000 and is a co-founder of the California Chapter of AOLP. Sestak and his company are known for innovative, custom-created lighting installations for commercial and residential properties.