Showcase your garden at night with a variety of directional lighting

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Just like stadium lights that brighten up an entire field, outdoor directional lighting has the ability to completely change the way your landscape looks. Especially when it’s against the backdrop of the midnight sky.

The key to showcasing your garden at night comes down to your ability to control and manipulate a variety of directional lighting. Directional lights help you create different styles and moods, as well as provide you with a great opportunity to showcase your garden when the sun goes down.

What is directional lighting?

The best feature of directional lights, or flood lights, is that they allow you to control the direction your light is flowing. These controlled beaming lights are typically used to provide a higher light level to some direct surrounding areas, which makes them ideal to use to showcase any element that you want to stand out.

Accenting is one of their specialties. Flood lights are a perfect addition to any home and can be used to highlight works of art, architectural features, plants and pretty much anything that you find interesting.

How does directional lighting create moods?

In a world where we want every moment to be camera friendly, lighting is the key to creating the mood. Light has the ability to highlight parts of a tree or even a bed of flowers in bloom. Needless to say, understanding how light works gives you the ability to manipulate the scene and create the mood you desire.

Focusing your flood lights on a certain area can brighten the space and provide a shadow effect behind objects. The further away you place your directional lights, the softer the highlighting light will be. If you use multiple flood lights, they can even bounce off each other and create a deeper intensity.

Garden features are great candidates for directional lighting. Highlighting a beautiful foundation, a large maple tree or a prized statue are all great reasons to use flood lights to add some uplifting drama to your landscape.

Some directional lights to consider

Low voltage landscape flood lights are able to create a bright, softening light that is perfect for highlighting any trees or plants outside of your home. With a charming, sleek, rust colored finish, this landscape flood light would make a great addition to any garden.

Directional lights are always offered as quality LED lights. This product includes tempered heat resistant glass, a silicone gasket and a heavy-duty ground spike to make it easy to place in your grass or garden.

Not only are you able to highlight the beauty of your backyard, but you can do it with a more energy efficient alternative.

Have you ever used directional lighting to highlight any part of your garden? Tell us about it in the comments section below. 

 

Get inspired by these illuminated water features

Whether you are already planning your next landscape design project or looking for some inspiration to get started, water features are a great garden addition to consider. We have selected some stunning fountain, pool and waterfall ideas that are sure to add charm and serenity to your outdoor space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top landscape lighting effects for your garden

Lighting plays a key role in landscape design. However, lighting should be used strategically to preserve the natural beauty. Rather than lighting the whole garden, which can look artificial, create pools of light around key features plants, trees or a water feature while balancing dark, unlit areas.

To achieve stunning results, you can take advantage of some popular lighting techniques. Below are some methods for achieving the lighting effects commonly seen in professionally designed gardens. You can apply these techniques to your landscape, as they work with any style. Just choose the effects that works best with your space and features.

The technique of uplighting involves placing a directional fixture close to the trunk of a tree and directing the light upward. This effect emits a soft moon-like glow to the tree.

 

Not surprisingly, downlighting is the opposite of uplighting. The fixture is placed elevated above the object rather than below it. Smaller trees benefit from this technique, as it casts light through the tree below.

 

Silhouetting lights a vertical surface behind an object resulting in a dark outline of the object. This technique is effective for bringing the focus to an object, like a tree or plant located close to a wall.

 

If you place a directional lighting fixture in front of an object, it will cast a shadow on the surface behind it. This technique is known as shadowing. Play around with the size of the shadow by adjusting the distance of the light fixture in relation to the object. The further the light source, the smaller the shadow.

 

Lighting adds a special effect when fixtures are placed under the water. Well lighting contributes to a warmer ambience and a reflective water surface. Add colored lenses for a creative and dramatic look. The same effects can be applied to ponds, fountains or any other water feature.

 

Pathway lighting is helpful when lighting paths and walkways for security purposes. The paths should be completely visible but not too bright to cause glare or pollution. Low-level lighting will deter intruders and illuminate dark areas while preventing a severe glare.

 

In addition to creating dazzling views, appropriate garden lighting also creates a safer environment around your home, particularly when it comes to deck lighting. Add a beautiful design fixture while illuminating steps, deck edges and changes in elevation for safety.


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