Choosing The Right Lighting Techniques
Can't decide on how to light the accent piece in your landscape? Here are a few ideas to help and wow your friends and neighbors.
Light and Shadow:
|Wall-Wash Lighting||Grazing||In-Ground Lighting|
|Silhouette Lighting||Hardscape Lighting|
This technique delivers a subtle, low amount of light to a wide area, up close to the structure, with minimal hot-spots and density.
Utilize this technique to add depth and dimension to stucco, brick, stonework or architectural features of a home or building.
Deliver light to permanent and semi-permanent installations such as sidewalks, large mature trees, walls and flagpoles.
This technique directs the eye to the textures, shapes and height differences of items in plant beds, adding depth and ambiance.
Draw attention to an interesting shape by lighting a vertical surface behind the object to accent that unique shape.
Highlight stone features, retaining walls, outdoor kitchens, steps, handrails, benches and more.
Pathways, walkways and garden edges:
Path and Spread Lighting
Deck and Patio Lighting
Cacti, grasses and the stone used in xeriscape designs benefit from lower lumen illumination than traditional landscaping.
PATH & SPREAD LIGHTING
Illuminate sidewalks, stone pathways and lawn walkways while adding a hint of intrigue to boulders and plant beds. Spread lighting uses a path light inside a landscape bed to illuminate the plantings.
DECK & PATIO LIGHTING
Accentuate the beauty and details of decks, patios, outdoor kitchens, steps, handrails and other vertical features.
Create dream-like water scenes by strategically lighting background areas around bodies of water that then reflect the landscape off the water.
Placing a fixture high in a tree catches the details of branches and leaves, emulating the look of moonlight.
Enhance and highlight flowing water in waterfalls, streams and fountains, creating a magical mirroring effect on still waters.
- John Bottoms