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Accent lighting

 

This method uses directional lighting to emphasise individual features in your garden.  The light is usually in or just above the ground and below the object you are lighting.  This is a great way to highlight elements in your garden such as large flowering shrubs or trees.

 

You can this effect from: spike or wall spotlights, recessed uplights.

The best garden lighting effects

and how to achieve them

Uplighting

 

This method throws light up from the ground creating an even light when viewed from any side. In-ground fixtures are often used. This is a fantastic way to highlight elements in your garden with dramatic, theatre-like effect such as walls, fences, large plants or trees.

 

You can get this effect from: spike spotlights, recessed uplights.

Moonlighting

 

This technique is achieved by placing low power lights on tree branches thereby subtly illuminating some of the branches with a dapple effect and shadowing others.  This will cast unique shadows in your garden and give off an enchanting moonlight glow.

 

You can get this effect from: tree-mounted spotlights, hanging lights

Silhouette  lighting

 

This technique involves lighting a wall or surface behind your tree or feature giving the object in question a dark outline, By placing the lighting between the object and the wall or surface, you can achieve the same enchanting effect as viewing the object silhouetted against the sky at dusk.

 

You can get this effect from: spike spotlights, recessed lights.

 

Spotlighting

 

This effect is achieved by placing the directional narrow beamed light some distance from the object, focusing a controlled intense beam to highlight the focal points in your garden such as flowers, small shrubs and statues. This creates vibrant pools of interest in your garden and  also brings a sense of safety to a dark garden

 

You can get this effect from: spike and wall spotlights.

Step lighting

 

Obviously steps are functional and, as with paths, lighting is required for safety reasons.  However, the symmetry of steps can look quite beautiful with the right lighting. They can be fixed onto the walls either side or recessed into the rise of the step.

 

You can get this effect from: Recessed or surface mounted step lights.

Wall lighting

 

This technique enhances structural elements in your garden. Elements that were not noticed during the day can play a dramatic role in your landscape at night. Chimneys, fencing, retaining walls, and structure walls are all transformed by the right wall lighting.

 

You can get this effect from: spotlights, wall wash lights, uplights.

Path lighting

 

Path lighting should provide a safe, secure and visible path for walking at night primarily, but the right lighting can give your path an enchanting glow. Path lights are similar to spread lights and should not be placed too close together to avoid a “runway” effect.

 

You can get this effect from: bollard and post lights, recessed lights.

Spread lighting

 

Spread lights are used to provide light for areas of low plantings, producing circular patterns of light.  This style of  lighting will cover a wide area with low-level, softly diffused illumination and is perfect for showing off paths, lawns, low growing shrubs, or flowerbeds

 

You can get this effect from: spread lights.

 

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