The right lighting techniques will not only create the best amount of drama in your yard, but they’re also going to highlight the important features as well. Because of that, below we’re going to see which techniques work best for your backyard oasis, outdoor living spaces, garden accent and your home’s architectural features.
In outdoor lighting, this is a very useful and common technique. You can highlight if you place a spotlight at the foot of an outdoor feature. You can easily experiment with various lighting designs by varying the angle and the distance of the light fixture to get some pretty amazing effects. In general, trees require at least 2 fixtures in order to provide sufficient illumination.
If you place a spotlight that you’ve carefully aimed towards an adjacent wall, behind the feature, you’ll get a nicely illuminated backdrop. This is perfect for showcasing dense features and especially plants.
Similar to silhouetting, this involves using a fixture at the base of the feature, but make sure you aim it towards an adjacent wall. Your goal is to create a soft shadow here and the good news is that this also works with trees that have a delicate and open foliage. This will surely add a lot of drama to any home’s facade.
This technique creates an even and also soothing glow that come off the facade or the wall you’re pointing it towards. The lighting fixtures in this case need to be placed slightly away from the feature. If you shine alongside the wall, you’re going to maintain a subtle and even ambient lighting. Just make sure you use a wide angel flood light to achieve this.
For a bolder effect, spotlights should be placed closer to the building.
Using a large fixture with a full glare that you’ll angle downward and place inside a tree creates a very impressive lighting effect. This will make it look like the moonlight shines down through the branches and look really amazing.
Even though it’s less subtle and brighter, this technique is very similar to the moonlighting technique. It requires that you place your desired fixture up high inside a feature such as an eave, tree or trellis and make sure you cast it downwards over a large space. If you want to illuminate a larger area of the yard, you should place the light higher.
Accent lighting is lighting that draws attention to a certain feature. Angled down-lighting and up-lighting are perfect examples of accent lighting. If you want to add a bit of mystery, just make sure to use a narrow beam spotlight from a well hidden fixture.
To create this type of lighting, you should place small fixtures along the borders of patios, driveways or walkways. Just make sure that these lights are carefully positioned so they illuminate the path and in such a way that they won’t get in the way of lawnmowers, get moved or kicked by accident.