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Welcome to Avalon Lighting Design

Avalon Lighting Design is an internationally recognized, multi award-winning landscape lighting design firm located in Orangevale, CA. Mark Carlson is the owner/principal and performs as the landscape lighting designer.

Avalon Lighting Design is a proven leader with this specialized profession. There are relatively few firms in existence with over 20-years experience in both design and installation--Avalon is one of them. My competitive advantage is my design-ability. "Design" implies Purpose and Intent.

Mark Carlson's background, experience, and knowledge in this artform allows Avalon to be considered at such a high level of achievement.

Project Types:

  • Residential & Estate Properties
  • Hospitality--Hotels & Resort-Villas
  • Fine-Dining Restaurants & Wineries
  • Public & Private Gardens
  • Healing & Therapeutic Gardens
  • Privacy & Sanctuary Gardens
  • Garden Art

Clientele Type:

  • Affluent Customers—unfortunately, I must limit the number and types of projects I perform annually. My time is limited, due to my provisions in the educational field and training others.
  • Specialized Projects—there are times when I see wonderful opportunities in special and unique landscape lighting projects. Therefore, I might consider something in this category outside of the “affluent” type of clientele.
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Mark Carlson is an industry leader in the landscape lighting design profession. He’s an educator, author, designer, visionary, and contractor. He also is part of a collaborative effort to collect and preserve the history of Frank B. Nightingale (father of garden lighting). Additionally, he established the Experiential Landscape Lighting Initiative (ELLI) as an educational resource to the profession.

Frank B. Nightingale established the landscape lighting profession as an artform and discipline in 1933. I developed an exclusive website dedicated to this man, who is a mentor for all in this specialized work: