When to downlight or light up your landscape

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Light has the ability to evoke emotion and add a tasteful element of beauty when it is placed in the right spot. Needless to say, It can be very challenging, but also fun, to mount your outdoor lighting either above or below features in your garden, depending on what you are hoping to illuminate. In the end, it is all about direction. Whether you delicately place lights in your trees our strategically mount lights along a pathway, there are so many possibilities when it comes to directional lighting.

When should you light up your landscape?

Up lighting provides your backyard with alluring effects that embellish your landscape. When outdoor lights are mounted below a tree or shrub and are shined upwards, they have the ability to show off added elements of the plant or structure that is not as visible during the day.

For instance, directional lighting that is placed upwards shows the intricate details and bumps of the tree bark, the curvy structure of the branches and the gentle venation pattern of each individual leaf. When it comes to architectural structures, lighting up columns has the ability to add a dramatic effect by casting shadows against the pillars.

It is important to note that you can also up light your garden using well lights — fixtures that sit even with the level of the ground shining directional lighting onto lower sitting shrubbery. These lights are ideal for flower beds because they shine straight up highlighting the beauty of the petals.

When should you downlight your landscape?

Although it may seem like the more light you have to display your garden features at night the better, sometimes less is actually more when it comes to lighting. Outdoor seating is a perfect feature to consider downlighting. Usually benches and chairs are not as pleasing to the eye so when you cast a subtle shadow, usually underneath the objects, they are highlighted enough to see in order to navigate around them, but not highlighted as something that needs to be put on display.

Use faux lighting to resemble natural lighting

One of the best and most effective form of downlighting is the beautiful hued glow of the moonlight beating down upon your garden. If the moon doesn’t always grace you with its presence, perhaps placing a light fixture high up inside your tree could offer the same aesthetic appeal that feels natural to the eye.

Patios, driveways and ponds are two ideal places that always look amazing cascaded under moonlight, while also helpful to guide you in the pitch darkness. Entertain your guests with your own moonlit sky and light up your garden the way mother nature does with some awesome directional lighting.

What are some ways that you light up or downlight your garden? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

Questions to ask yourself when selecting the right outdoor lighting

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People install outdoor lighting for a variety of different reasons — style, security and safety — but before you invest the time and money into exterior home lighting, it is important to ask yourself the right questions. Answering these questions will allow you to make a plan to achieve the best lighting effects for your home or garden.

What is the style of your home?

Whether you have a small townhome porch or a vast outdoor garden, your lighting needs to match surroundings.

The first step to achieving the right outdoor ambience is to consider the style, colors and proportions of your home. Is your living space modern or traditional? Does it have any colored siding or roofing? What are the tonal colors of the finishes? How tall is your architecture? Once you address all these questions, purchasing outdoor lighting will be much easier.  

Where should you add some light?

One of the keys to using lighting to your advantage is to know where it should be placed throughout your exterior space. Well your home probably already possesses a porch light, adding some directional lighting can really help to illuminate your surroundings. Do you have a nice pond or flower garden as well? No problem. Invest in some underwater pond lights or some path lighting to guide your guests along your beautiful backyard walkways.  

How much lighting is too much lighting?

When it comes to lighting, more light does not necessarily mean better light. Exterior lighting choices are essential to creating the right backyard ambience. More light can typically cause a harsh glare making your outdoor space uninviting. When you choose your outdoor lighting fixtures, consider placing some low voltage bulbs. Not only are they more energy efficient, eco-friendly choices, but they also provide your home or garden with a softer flow that can deliver the perfect amount of illumination.

How important is it to have energy efficiency lighting?

While you have many choices for energy-efficient lighting, it is important to find the bulbs for your lighting needs.

Your outdoor lighting shines and glows far longer than any indoor lighting throughout the day, especially in the darker, winter months of the year. In the long run, saving energy by using better light bulbs will put money back into your pocket. While LEDs are more expensive to purchase, they last far longer than other traditional light bulbs on the market and they work far better for individuals that live in cooler climates.

Are there any other questions that you need answered before selecting the right outdoor lighting for home? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

 

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.