7 Types of landscape lighting your property could benefit from
February 16, 2018
Complete landscape lighting should include a variety of fixtures with unique intended purposes, including path lighting, up lighting, shadow lighting, and so forth. We offer every type of landscape lighting you could think of—plus, our fixtures are durable, long lasting, and made right here in the USA!
Landscape Lighting Your Property Could Benefit From
1. Path Lighting
Some lighting fixtures are meant to be somewhat discreet, with the light showing but not the fixture. That’s not the case with path lighting. Lighting fixtures used to highlight pathways can offer stand-out style and an aesthetically appealing display.
Path lighting is the most common type of landscape lighting. Hey, you can’t get around any property without pathways! Path lights can be used for more than just lighting up a walkway; they can also be used to frame certain features or spaces. Picture this: a collection of scattered lighting fixtures that pour light over a brightly-colored fish pond, water fountain, seating area, or other feature.
2. Up Lighting
Next up on the list is up lighting; another important type of landscape lighting. As its name suggests, up lights are pointed up at a tree or taller structure to create a dramatic effect. Play around with fixtures to get just the right angle of light.
3. Silhouette Lighting
This type of landscape lighting involves placing a light behind an object to create a glowing outline. With silhouetted lighting, the goal is for the lighting fixture to go unseen; the light itself does all the talking.
4. Shadow Lighting
The opposite of silhouetting is shadowing, which brings us to yet another common type of landscape lighting. Shadow lighting involves placing a light in between the ideal vantage point and the feature a light is focused on. To create a shadow effect, the light needs to be focused on a wall or other object that will catch light and cast a shadow.
5. Natural Moon Lighting
If you have large trees with sprawling canopies or other tall elements dotting landscaping, you have an opportunity to create an awesome effect with natural moon lighting. Simply place our Tree Ring Lights in the tip-tops of trees, and aim the lights to face downwards. This creates an effect in which the tree, its branches, and the ground below become flooded in a bath of lights.
6. Wall Wash Lighting
There are two ways to illuminate a wall or other solid object—wash lighting (wallwashing) or wall grazing. The main distinction between these two methods is the distance between the lighting fixture and the object being illuminated. Wash lighting fixtures are typically located at least 12 inches from the wall. This offers a flat and even layer of light with some texturing as well.
Wash lighting provides additional ambient lighting. It is often used to add extra pizazz to entertainment spaces, it looks great on living walls and hedges.
Tip: Employ a wide-beamed light situated in between the ideal vantage point and the surface you’re lighting up. This creates a nice gentle light with a more natural look.
7. Wall Grazing Lighting
The other option to illuminate a wall is to use grazing lights, which are placed in closer proximity to the wall, typically around 12-inches or less from the wall. Lights virtually sit right up against a flat surface. As opposed to smooth lighting, this creates a more dramatic shadow, while also highlighting texture, color, and design after dark. Wall grazing lights create an upscale look, hence why this tactic is often employed at nice restaurants, office buildings, and so forth.
When lighting up a wall, keep in mind:
- The human eye can naturally process vertical surfaces easier than it can horizontal surfaces.
- Illuminated walls are considered “indirect” light sources, and work best when the surface illuminated has a light-color and/or matte finish.
- It’s more difficult to successfully illuminate darker walls or surfaces.
- Beware that without proper execution, wall lighting can lead to glare.
Quality Landscape Lighting Fixtures
Investing in quality landscape lighting fixtures is important to the long-term success of any project. Lighting fixtures made from materials prone to rusting, corroding, or cracking are sure to cause problems down the road. After all, exterior lighting fixtures are constantly exposed to the elements—sun, water, weed whackers; occasional dog urine.
Lampposts, tree-ring lights, bullet lights, rock lights, and bollards too; you name the fixture and chances are, we have it! Our lighting fixtures are specially formulated to resist rust, graffiti, water damage, and even corrosive environments, such as coastal landscaping. Did we mention all our products are made right here in the USA, using sustainable manufacturing processes with superior oversight and quality control?
Check out our huge selection of unbeatable Landscape Lighting Fixtures
Company: TerraCast Products LLC
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