OUTDOOR LIGHTING TECHNIQUES

It Is easy to create many different effects using a few simple lighting techniques.

Downlighting - Lighting objects from above. This may seem the most obvious method, and is best used when security is a goal. Attach spotlights to your roof to illuminate the desired area.

Uplighting - Lighting objects from beneath. This can have a more dramatic effect and draws the eye immediately to the object being lighted. Try placing lights at ground level shining up into a tree to show off its branches. This is also effective for any interesting architecture you wish to display.

Ground Lighting - Lighting objects along the ground. This enhances the look of flower beds and low bushes. Position the lights at a height just above what you want to illuminate and angle them slightly down onto the area.

Spotlighting - Brightly lighting objects. You don't want to overuse this technique. But used well, it can create a dramatic effect. Place strong, focused lights around the base of a statue or tree, or near a wall or latticework and shine them upward.

Crosslighting - Using multiple beams of light to show more detail. This technique also should be used sparingly to highlight the most important part of your composition. Place lights on either side of the object - a statue or a tree, for example. Having light from two different sources will soften the shadows and reveal more of the object being lighted.

Crosslighting - Using multiple beams of light to show more detail. This technique also should be used sparingly to highlight the most important part of your composition. Place lights on either side of the object-a statue or a tree, for example. Having light from two different sources will soften the shadows and reveal more of the object being lighted.

Shadowing and Silhouetting - To shadow, place lights behind the object and pointed toward a wall or fence. The shadow cast will provide an additional piece to look at. To silhouette, place lights behind and below the object and directed toward where a viewer is likely to stand. Suddenly, a tree or statue becomes itself a lovely shadow.

Moon Lighting - A medium-sized or larger tree is an ideal candidate for this effect. Use low voltage lights with frosted bulbs or glare guards. Pond lights can work for this. Place a few of these lights in the second or third rows of branches and angle them downward and slightly inward toward the trunk. The effect will be of soft moonlight focusing on the tree and then blanketing the ground below.

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