From lighting up places such as gardens, Jacuzzis, decks, pools, hot tubs, patios, and so on, it is clear that landscape lighting can be used for different purposes such as beautification, security, accessibility, sports and recreation, or for just pure aesthetics.
Like moths to a flame, we are all attracted to lit places. We love seeing those bright lights illuminate our surroundings, not to mention, basking in the ambience it brings. The more light, the better and nobody brightens up the place like we do at Lamptey Holdings Company. From lighting up places such as gardens, jacuzzis, decks, pools, hot tubs, patios, and so on, it is clear that landscape lighting can be used for different purposes such as beautification, security, accessibility, sports and recreation, or for just pure aesthetics.
Now, here’s some Landscape Lighting 101 for you. After this, we bet you’d know all you need to get started towards the light direction.
What to light
For this, you literally can pick anything you want from trees, to your plants, to your pathway. Anything you believe will look great with lights on them. Well lit entry ways are also recommended as they are very aesthetically pleasing.
This means thinking about areas in your home that might need the lights to function such as dark walkways and pathways.
Types of Landscape lighting
Inground Lighting: These are light fixtures that are installed into the ground. They are also called well lights. They are mostly used to illuminate walkways and driveways. Like any night light, this helps you notice things at night that would not ordinarily be seen. These lights also cast silhouettes on people around them. Inground lighting works best when accompanied with path/ spotlights. Inground lighting also helps to cast a dramatic and beautiful look on your environment. It can also be used purely to light up your driveway for late night drives. Choosing the perfect inground lighting, especially for a driveway is very important. For more information, please contact us.
Spotlight/ Floodlight: These are standing lights that are beamed down towards a target. The major difference between a spotlight and a flood light is in its name. A spotlight is a focused, narrow beam of light that can be focused while a floodlight has a wider beam range and can be focused on larger areas like a whole driveway. Spotlights are easier to adjust to highlight specific things.
Other types of lighting include: path lights, outdoor post lights, pond lights, deck and step lights, hardscape lights, etc.
Types of Landscape Effects
So, you know the basic types of lights and what they mean. Now we're going to explain what kinds of effects these lights have on your landscape. Are you ready?
Silhouetting: Like a normal silhouette with shadows cast, you can use landscape lighting to cast a dramatic silhouette on any item. Normally the light would just be placed behind the item and be hidden to cast a dramatic shadow.
Up lighting: This is when light sources are placed at the base of architectural designs to draw attention to them. Deck and step lights are usually installed directly into the decking or hardscape of the yard.
Moon lighting: This is mostly used when you have really large and tall trees. The lights are placed in the trees to illuminate the bottom and surrounding areas. The effect is always very beautiful with the focused areas awashed in light. They are usually used with spotlights.
Shadowing: This is the opposite technique of Silhouette lighting. The light source is placed between the item to be lit and the perfect vantage point but is facing the item to be lit. shadowing works perfectly when there’s a flat surface or a wall at the back of the item being lit up.
Light Grazing: For grazing, the light source is placed closed to a wall, either at ceiling level or from the floor. The idea is to force the ray of light to hit the wall at a narrow angle. Irregular or uneven patterns work the best with grazing.
Washing: This simply refers to bathing a whole area with large lights. The smoothness of the wall or surface is being enhanced by eliminating the shadows. The light source, which would be a wide beamed light, is placed at ceiling level.
And there you have it! All you need to know about landscape lighting. If you are having second thoughts on this, just remember that landscape lighting can literally take your gardens from boring to sophisticated and fun. You can also always reach out to us and speak to one of our representatives here at Lamptey Holdings on what exactly you are looking for.