Landscape Lighting

Lighting Techniques

Moon Lighting

Shining light down, usually from a tree, to cast shadows of branches and leaves on the ground to provide a moonlight effect. Excellent technique for gentle ambiance, as well as security without the harsh glare of traditional house flood lights.

Uplighting

This is the opposite of moonlighting and refers to shining light up, usually into a tree or other upright landscape feature, to softly accent its features. Excellent technique to bring the landscape alive at night, providing depth and beauty to an otherwise dark yard.

Path Lighting

Attractive and unique light fixtures, usually 1'-3' tall, placed next to driveways, walkways, garden paths or decks provide a low level light for beauty, safety and security.

Spot Lighting

Using a controlled intense beam to highlight the focal points in a garden such as statues, sculptures and specimen shrubs.

Cross Lighting

Lighting a tree or statue from two or more directions to reveal a three dimensional perspective.

Grazing

Shining light across the surface of a landscape feature to accent the feature's texture. Excellent technique to bring alive old stone work, brick chimneys, or walls at night, or to highlight planting contours in beds throughout the yard to emphasize the beauty of the bark on that special old tree.

Silhouetting

Placing a fixture directly behind the subject and pointing it at a vertical surface to display a dark outline of the subject to the foreground observer, creating a dramatic silhouette effect. This is a great technique to highlight trees and plants with interesting branch structure.

Shadowing

Lighting an object from the front and below to project intriguing shadows on a wall or other vertical surfaces. This is another way to highlight interesting shapes and branch structure.

Deck, Step Lights

Provide low-level, discrete lighting with these marvelous little fixtures. These fixtures are mounted under deck rails or recessed into the sides of steps to provide safety and accent lighting. Also available as hanging fixtures for structures like arbors and trellises.