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Landscape lighting techniques

The art of landscape lighting is brought to life using various lighting techniques throughout a property. The use of different lighting fixtures, angles of light, color, and softness allows unique features of any landscape or architectural feature to stand out or be viewed softly to enhance the overall ambience of your space. Contact us today to set up a consultation with one of our lighting pros to discuss your specific needs.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting focuses light on a particular area or object, such as art, sculptures, water features, and plants. It is important that accent lighting is done right. The lighting source should illuminate the object or area to draw attention to it and highlight the key features of what is being lit.


Accent lighting can be accomplished in several ways including down lighting, silhouetting, and wash lighting. The best effect is often from directed lighting from above that hides the light source. Trellises, pergolas, gutters, and trees make perfect platforms for directed lighting to accent your special areas of interest.


Deck Lighting

Deck lights provide soft light that illuminates pathways, stairs, transition areas, and decks to make finding your way easier and safer. The lights can be installed directly into decks, rails, stair risers, sitting areas, and posts. Deck lights are small and unobtrusive and often integrate seamlessly into their environment.

Down Lighting

Down lighting is a way to simulate the lighting of the moon, the most natural choice for lighting landscapes. Mounting a downlight high in a tree or architectural space delivers a beautiful dappled effect, or soft glow oval, to the areas below. Downlights are typically installed between 20 to 30 feet above the ground. If the light is installed in a large tree, this gives the light a chance to pass through open spaces, and around branches and foliage, to create an attractive and natural looking light to the area. The unobstructed light can be great for lighting driveways and walkways, sitting areas, accent features, or larger areas of landscaping.


Grazing is the ideal outdoor lighting technique for highlighting unique textures or irregular surfaces such as a walls, a home’s facade, veneers, and stone columns. This type of lighting is great for highlighting outdoor fireplaces, retaining walls, fences, and many other points of interest in the landscape. Grazing creates areas of shadowing, along with highlights, that provides eye catching effects which can change with different viewing angles.

Hardscape/Paver/Step Lighting

Hardscape lighting illuminates hard areas in your landscape like patios, walkways, retaining walls, outdoor kitchens, sitting areas, pool decks, and driveways. Paver lights can be installed directly into paver areas, walks, and driveways. Step lighting makes any staircase, step, or transition area safer and easier to see at night. Path lights can also be used adjacent to hardscape areas to provide soft areas of light that enhance visibility, aesthetics, and beauty, without flooding an area with light.


Moonlighting is a great choice to provide natural light effects to any landscape or outdoor area by simulating the light of the moon using downlights. The use of downlights in a large tree or architectural feature increases ambience and overall visibility in outdoor spaces. Moonlighting can be combined with uplighting, well lighting, and many other forms of outdoor lighting.

Pathway Lighting

Pathway lights are aesthetically pleasing, but they serve a greater purpose to guide people along paths and walks, show areas of transition and level changes, and provide necessary lighting to navigate around a property. Additionally, path lights are used to highlight plant beds, lower growing foliage, and ground covers, and show off walking paths at night. 


Spot Lighting

Spotlights are used for emphasis. Spot lights have a narrower beam than flood lights and typically shed light on specific things in a landscape. This lighting effect is good to highlight sculptures, water features, art, specific plants, gateways, columns, second stories, and any special feature of your landscape or property. 


Underwater Lighting

Underwater lighting heightens the details of water features throughout your property. These lights are used in fountains, ponds, waterfalls, pools, and any type of water feature. The lights add drama and depth to your water feature and improve overall safety. 

Up Lighting

Up lighting provides a variety of options to highlight your landscape and property. These lights point light upwards and illuminate just about anything, including façades, walls, plants, trees, statues, art, fences, and columns. The light from these fixtures can be narrow or wide to provide customized lighting effects for any part of your project.

Wall Washing

The wall wash lighting effect is possible using several different kinds of lighting fixtures. The purpose of wall washing is to provide general illumination of the wall or façade.


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