Nighttime exterior illumination enhances the house in two respects. Turning on a porch light over the front door or a house side floodlight tends to keep the home and guests secure. For artistic effect, the second, more innovative, aspect of landscape lighting sheds a spotlight on items such as trees, sculptures and water features. Consider how outdoor lighting can best accentuate the features of your home and work within your lifestyle when designing an illumination plan
Taking the Focus
Since a graceful tree always creates drama, this is enhanced when the sunlight or night lighting touches it. Interesting silhouettes and shadows can appear on walls or the ground by manipulating the angle of the light beam. Lighting systems may be mounted in mature or freshly planted field. Each has its advantages. Sophisticated structures involving trenches drilled for underground cabling are simpler to install until any planting is completed. Nevertheless, if the garden is new, according to lighting designer and author Janet Lennox Moyer, the planner will envision the form , shape and scale of the plants as they grow before installing permanent fixtures.
Uplighting and Exploration
The root, lower branches and leaves are identified by the use of stake-mounted lights on or inside the ground and guided up into the tree. In winter, uplighting is particularly effective on deciduous trees. Lamps with larger beams will reach plants, including aspens, birches, and redwoods. Downlights embedded in treetop trees created artful shadows on the field. The same lights can capture unwanted movement from the wind if big, ornamental grasses grow below.
Subtlety is the most important criterion for effective outdoor lighting, rather than boldness. The power of the lights should be enough just to enable safe movement, not enough to read by. As is often said, there is more to less. To the most auspicious impact, play up the unique elements of your location and the current season. It can be a regular surprise for working people, who leave for work before the sun rises and return after dark, to see their well-planned lighting scheme.
Consider these facts, when energy conservation is a concern. The outdoor low-voltage lights used, often just 10 to 20 watts, are energy-efficient and have a long life. You draw electricity at an off-peak pace during the hours that they are in service — perhaps just a few hours a night. Studies suggest that plants, like humans, perform well under total darkness unless they get adequate food. So restrict the luminance focused on your featured tree each night.
Accentuating trees with lighting beyond the landscape
Let’s think of outdoor accent lighting for an average sized tree as an example. If you just point the tree out from one foot, I suggest using 1-2 landscape light, spot fixtures. Place every fixture away from the tree, around a foot.
Pick bulbs with a large, 10 °-15 ° beam width, to illuminate the trunk. Select bulbs with wide “flood" beam spreads to highlight the tree’s branches and foliage. You may also merge the different beam spreads to catch a complete tree’s best features.
When you have a really big tree and want it to be illuminated on all angles, I will use 3-4 light fixtures for landscaping. Please note these are rules. Experiment with figuring out what treatment works best for your area!
Need to Upgrade Your Home’s Landscape Lighting?
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