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Tips For Tree Lighting

Adding tree lighting to your Landscape Lighting design can add beauty & elegance to your outdoor scenery. There are different techniques & approaches that can be implemented. Great tree lighting requires an artistic vision for what you want to see and experience at night.


Types of trees

Different kinds of trees require different lighting techniques. There are two types of trees that most of us have in our yards coniferous, (evergreens, pine, spruces) and deciduous (maple & oak).  These types of trees are lit differently depending on what part of the tree your trying to accent. Example, if you are highlighting the tree coverage, this will require the fixture to placed in a different location and angle than if you are focusing on the trunk.


Fixture and placement

Primarily, the two types of fixtures used for tree lighting are directional up lights and in grade up lights. Directional up lights are versatile due to the ability to adjust their angles. For larger trees directional up lights are ideal because they have the ability to be adjusted to hit the intended target.  In grade up lights work great for low profile trees like a Japanese maple. These fixtures are wonderful for getting a light down low to illuminate small or lower to the ground trees. 


All trees are not created equal

In other words, no two trees are the same. For this reason no two trees should be lit the same way. Smaller trees generally require a softer light source, while larger trees call for a stronger bulb, and possibly multiple fixtures. This can be achieved by utilizing an array of bulb options to create different beam spread and lumen output, by doing this you are able to better tailor and contour the effect to what your are trying to capture. 


Balance and arrangement 

It's important to understand that it's not essential to have light shining on everything in your landscape. In order to create balance, you'll need to take a step back and look at the overall look of the space you are lighting. In this case, balance means finding a flow that will help carry the scene you're trying to create.


This article touches just the surface on how adding tree lighting to your landscape lighting system, can dramatically enhance your home 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 15 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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