parking lot effect

parking lot effect
(PAR.king lawt uh.fekt)
Lighting, particularly in a garden or landscape, that is bright, harsh, and evenly distributed, much as it would be in a typical parking lot.
Example Citation:
Proper landscape lighting can expand the living space when viewed from windows inside the house and create a tranquil, even romantic, ambience. Here are eight tips on how to create that soothing feeling with landscape lighting:
1) Use different levels of light to create focal points. A common mistake is to light everything with equal brightness, creating a "parking lot" effect. The light should "draw" the viewer's eyes to specific points on your property.
— "Expand your living space with these eight lighting tips," Courier News (Bridgewater, NJ), May 30, 2003
Earliest Citation:
General Lighting. "You don't want the parking lot effect," says Eric Sepler, who owns Kinetic Artistry Inc. The idea in illuminating gardens is to do it indirectly. Thus you aim lights into trees and shrubs.
— Leslie Berger, "Illuminating Ways to Spark Up the Party," The Washington Post, June 10, 1982
Subscriber Roger Hill wrote to me the other day and said that instead of driveway effect — a special quality exhibited by a radio program that causes listeners to stay in their cars after they have arrived home so they can hear the end of the program — he'd heard the same phenomenon called the parking lot effect. This made more sense to him because, logically enough, "if the listener reaches his/her driveway, the radio indoors isn't far away. But on a parking lot, listen the segment out or lose it."
So I went searching for parking lot effect as a possible synonym for driveway effect. Unfortunately, I didn't find it but, as today's post shows, I did find plenty of evidence for a different sense of the phrase.
Related Words: Categories:

New words. 2013.

Игры ⚽ Поможем решить контрольную работу

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Parking lot — (called a car park in Australia and the UK) is a cleared area that is more or less level and is intended for parking vehicles. Usually, the term refers to a dedicated area that has been provided with a durable or semi durable surface. In most… …   Wikipedia

  • spotlight effect — n. The tendency to believe that other people are paying closer attention to one s appearance and behavior than they really are. Example Citation: Oh, things sure took a bad turn. Mortifying, that s what it was. Such a big party friends, co… …   New words

  • Assiti Shards effect — In literature, an Assiti Shards event, Assiti Shards accident, a strike by an Assiti shard , or a Ring of Fire , is a plot device in which a large piece of land and everything on it is transported through time. This effect can be considered to be …   Wikipedia

  • Disc parking — This article is about reusable discs. For single use discs, see coupon parking. European standard parking disc Disc parking is a system of allowing time restricted free parking through display of a parking disc or clock disc showing the time at… …   Wikipedia

  • spitter — (SPIT.tur) n. A machine that dispenses time stamped tickets in a parking lot. adj. Example Citation: Literally thousands of old and not so old items will be auctioned off starting at 10 a.m., everything from a Rudd water heater to 4,300 blue… …   New words

  • Effects — birthplace effect CNN effect CSI effect driveway effect Goldilocks effect Gulliver effect Hey Mabel effect …   New words

  • Cars — bait car bear jam Beetlemania bike box boom car carbage car cloning carcooning …   New words

  • Plants and Gardening — 100 foot diet agrimation assisted migration biopiracy cereologist conscientious neglect crazy tobacco …   New words

  • lightscape — (LYT.skayp) n. The total illumination or the pattern and distribution of lights in a picture or vista. Example Citation: Christmas decorations, including dozens of lightscapes on downtown streets, will add to the festivities. Jan Galletta,… …   New words

  • Multi-storey car park — Parking garage redirects here. For the Seinfeld episode, see The Parking Garage. Busch Stadium exit ramp A multi storey car park (also called a parking garage, parking structure, parking ramp, parkade or parking deck) is a building designed… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”