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Downlighting vs. Uplighting: Which Landscape Lighting Do You Need?

Ever look at exterior lighting, and notice a subtle, natural glow? Some of this warm, inviting glow comes from uplighting; and some comes from downlighting. A combination of downlighting and uplighting in a landscape will accent focal points and architectural detail, create an inviting mood, build property value, and improve safety.
What is the Difference Between Downlighting and Uplighting?
In uplighting, landscape lights are typically mounted below or at ground level, shining the light upward. To downlight, a fixture might be placed high up, inside the branches of a tree or beneath an eave on your house, so the light shines down. The higher the light, the wider space it tends to illuminate.
How Uplighting is Used
Certain areas outside your home are perfect for the effects of uplighting. They include:
• Trees: Lighting a pretty tree from the ground up shows off its interesting bark, the structure of its branches and its delicate leaves.
• Architectural Columns: Why not enjoy the beauty of your home’s architecture at night, too? Lighting columns from below adds drama and can create interesting shadows on walls.
• Garden Features: Highlight a beautiful fountain, elegant statue or a prized plant with uplighting. It automatically adds drama to your garden.
How Downlighting is Used
Some features are best lit by downlighting. They include:
• Low Growing Garden Plants: While tall, dramatic plants are best suited to uplighting, low growing flower beds and ground covers need downlighting to highlight their pretty tops.
• Outdoor Seating: Use downlighting under benches and seating walls to cast subtle lighting along pathways and patios. Not only does it cast a welcoming glow, but also it offers an element of safety for people walking through.
• Patios: Downlighting is great for illuminating large outdoor living areas.
Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia Turn on The Lights
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives uses the best energy-efficient LED outdoor lighting in the industry to highlight your garden, entryway, walkway, driveway, or swimming pool. A fully customized landscape lighting system will add warm ambiance to your home while offering safety for your family, friends, and visitors. We offer landscape lighting design, installation and maintenance services for any residential or commercial property owner.
We’ll add a glow to your backyard dinners, make your play area safer, light your pool parties and illuminate your garden so you can enjoy it way beyond sunset. Don’t waste your time on landscape lighting kits that are difficult to install. Trust in the lighting experts at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia to transform your yard into a relaxing oasis.
Find out how outdoor lighting can enhance your home’s curb appeal by scheduling a complimentary night demonstration! Call 703-361-0505 or email him at OLPNova@outdoorlights.com.

Create Curb Appeal with Outdoor Lighting

Most people you invite over come in the evening, right? So maybe they don’t see your lovely garden, exotic plants, or your abundant trees; and that single porch light is likely more of a bug attractor than a burglar deterrent. Maybe it’s time to consider professional outdoor lighting. But, where do you begin?

Want beautiful shadows and intense highlights. Here’s how designers get that natural moonlight look, while adding curb appeal to a home:

• Highlight trees. Whether illumined from below or given presence by a light mounted in the tree itself, trees make stunning features.

• Use uplights. Uplighting is dramatic because we expect light to shine downward. Used in moderation, it’s a great way to highlight architectural and landscaping features.

• Have a focus. The entryway is often center stage, a way of saying, “Welcome” to guests.

• Combine beauty and function. Adding lighting to plantings along a pathway breaks up the “runway” look of too many lights strung alongside a walk.

• Vary the fixtures. Designers often turn to a wide range of fixtures, area lights, step lights, and bollards or post lights.

• Stick to warm light. A rainbow of colors is possible, but most designers avoid anything but warm white light, preferring to showcase the house and its landscape rather than create a light show.

• Set up a timer. A timer, with confirmation from a photocell or activated through Bluetooth, brings the display to life as the sun sets.

Find out how outdoor lighting can enhance your home’s curb appeal by scheduling a complimentary night demonstration! Call 703-361-0505 or email him at OLPNova@outdoorlights.com.

Feeling Safe in Your Home: Security Lighting

Let’s face it, Northern Virginia neighborhoods can get very dark when the sun goes down. Though it can make for a serene and tranquil setting, it also can be very hard to see anything. Everyone wants the peace of mind that their home is a safe place, free from crime, theft, or other unwanted mischief. One way to enhance your home’s security is to add light to the exterior of your home. This is because homes without security measures such as alarms and outdoor lighting are up to 300% more likely to be vandalized!

Home security statistics tell us that burglars will usually bypass a house if it requires too much effort. Adding light will make it more difficult for them to get onto your property and access your home without neighbors seeing them, thereby deterring potential intruders from making your home a target.

Lighting your residence can bring together beauty and the function of security, giving you peace of mind while providing beautiful curb appeal.

Here are some tips about outdoor security lights:

• The primary characteristics of most security lighting are that it’s bright and it’s mounted higher than other lights — which helps it cover a larger area.

• The most effective and efficient security lighting will be equipped with automatic controls, as they should provide the light when it is needed.

• All outdoor fixtures need to be weatherproof, weather resistant, and if they will be exposed to water — suitable for damp locations.

• If the fixtures will also be part of the appearance of your home, they should be made in a style that complements the style of the home.

Outdoor security lights need to be installed so that they will provide light where you want it. A professional lighting designer, such as Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia, will know how to strategically light your property to accomplish security, safety and beauty, while considering the use of the space; so that you can achieve your lighting goals for your home.

If you have any questions about security lighting or would like to discuss your outdoor lighting needs, please feel free to contact us at (703) 361-0505.

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is here for all your outdoor lighting needs. During our Free Custom Design Plan, we will show you the optimum locations around your home and throughout your yard to achieve stunning outdoor lighting effects. If you already have a lighting system but need it serviced or upgraded, we are happy to help. Please fill out the form below to contact us.