Think of Wash Lighting as a technique that enhances the overall visual appeal of your Landscape. Wash Lighting isn't intended to make your Landscape brighter or be the main focal point. Instead, it is designed in a way that allows you to utilize your Landscape to create a cohesive feeling that will bring your entire Lighting design together.
Architectural wash lighting
The goal when adding Wash Lighting to your homes exterior is to capture the different textures and dimensions. for example the homes exterior walls, brick or stone work of the architecture. By adding Wash Lighting to different parts of your homes architecture, you'll increase your homes curb appeal and potentially discover some architectural details that you may have not noticed during the day.
Trees and shrubs
When using the Wash Lighting technique on tree and shrubs, the goal is to create a well structured, balanced & cohesive design that carries the eye from one feature to another. This is achievable by softly Lighting the surrounding area to compliment the center piece instead of focusing the light directly on it.
As mentioned above Wash Lighting isn't about drawing attention, but rather to illuminate the often missed or overlooked areas. When you add Wash Lighting to exterior and retaining walls, you can soften the elements of your outdoor space. By softly lighting these features, you remove the dark patches and holes that can make your Landscape Lighting system feel unbalanced.
Moonlighting aka downlighting
We may have saved the best for last when it comes to one of our favorite ways to incorporate Wash Lighting into your outdoor Lighting system: Moonlighting. The above image is a great example of how the area is being washed with a subtle, downlight fixture from above. It casts Light down revealing shadows that mimic what occurs naturally.
If you're interested in amp up your outdoor landscape by adding Wash Lighting. Look no further. Give us at Landscape Lighting design a call at 801-440-7647, or fill out a consultation request from by clicking the link above. One of our designers will come out for a free consultation and create a lighting design specifically for you.