Four Quick Landscape Lighting Tips

HOW TO PLOT AREA LIGHTS

Plotting area lights can be challenging, as light distribution and potential obstructions can complicate matters. Need a few suggestions for a properly lit outdoor space?

1. Know how much light distribution is provided from a single fixture. This will help with determining which products and quantities are most suitable.

2. Mounting luminaires on poles offer you more versatility, but uniformity and efficiency decrease the farther you go from twice the mounting height of the pole.

3. Consider how you want beams to spread. You may want a beam directed downward, such as with a high mast luminaire, allowing for some vertical adjustments for a slight angle. An asymmetrical beam spread may also be a desirable option.

Lighting Live Oaks

Why are they more prized than other native trees? Sure, they are strong. Majestic. and provide great shade. But more than that, with their twisting and interesting branches, Live Oak trees are subliminally burned into our memories as the backdrop to a childhood of climbing trees and falling in love. Give them the attention they deserve . Illuminate them with up and down lighting to artistically emphasize their nostalgic presence. Use that just right adjustable output LED fixture to grow with these trees as they will undoubtedly outlast you and me.

Adjustability!

Have you ever noticed that the landscape lights you installed 6 months ago no longer look quite right? As time goes by, our landscape changes. The one spotlight you had on a young tree now is insufficient to light the canopy. As your landscaping matures, a fixture with an adjustability allows you to change the width of the coverage or the brightness of the light to accommodate larger growth without having to change out or add additional lights.

Color Temperature

You should be using the cooler temps (daylight 3600k +) for your plant material. The cool white color generally has a higher CRI (color rendering index), which makes the greens and the blues pop. In architecture however, it's a different story. The cold temps can make your home look spooky. Opt for the warmer 2700k-3000k color temps when considering anything architecture or outdoor living area. It is much more inviting.

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