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Tips and Tricks for Tree Accent Lighting

When it comes to planning your outdoor lighting for your home, you should contemplate every feature of your property. The first step is making sure the light is properly balanced across your yard. This means you need to consider both the lighting of your home and your yard. One of the biggest challenges is finding the ideal parts of your landscape to spotlight. An item often overlooked is distinctive trees in your yard. There are a number of ways to light up trees and elements to consider when choosing what is best for you. With the help of Landscape Lighting Pro, we have come up with some great tips. 

Location of Fixture

While there are other options, the two main light sources we use to light up trees are directional up light and in grade up lights. Directional up lights, which are installed lower than the object you plan to light, are great as they are flexible in how you can adjust their angle to capture the desired effect. For bigger trees using directional up-lights are perfect because they have the capability to hit the desired target just right. For smaller trees, like Japanese maple or low-profile bushes and plants, in grade up lights, which are installed, as the name implies in the grade or ground, work best. These are amazing for providing the right light source low to the ground to light small or shorter trees and bushes. 


Tree Types  

Taking into account the trees you have in your yard is important. As there are many different types of trees, the technique used to highlight these different types of trees needs to be considered. Evergreen, pine, spruces, maple, and oak trees are the types that most folks have in their yard. These different trees produce better results when unique strategies are used to light up those aspects of the tree which make them unique. This may be accomplished by placing lights for some trees at their trunk and focusing upward, while for others placing lights within the tree or shining at the trees from a different angle will deliver the desired effect. 


Location and Effect 

The balance of lighting in your landscape is something really important to take into consideration. It's key to light interesting aspects of your landscape, yet not lighting up every tree in your whole yard. Having the contrast between dark and light will accent them even more. Be sure to step back and survey your entire landscape when making these decisions to identify how to create a flow of light in the yard by lighting trees effectively. 


Be Creative 

Just as no two trees are the same, the same should be said when lighting trees. They shouldn't all be lit the same. small trees normally need a softer illumination light source, while bigger trees require brighter bulbs, and maybe more than one fixture. Using different bulb options can create different beam spread effects, by doing this you are able to control the effect of what you are trying to capture.

This article touches just the surface on how adding tree lighting system, can dramatically enhance your home's outdoor scenery. 

If you're interested in accentuating your outdoor landscape by adding tree 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.

 At Landscape Lighting Pro, the art of outdoor illumination is a real passion we work to perfect. Designing elegantly bespoke landscape lighting systems is simply all we do. For over 20 years, our award winning team of designers and craftsmen have striven to bring the best outdoor lighting experience possible to people's homes and businesses across the Wasatch Front & beyond. 

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