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Spot Lighting

Interesting features, architecture and statuary can be showcased at night with a focused beam of light. When possible, positioning the spotlight overhead minimizes glare and tends to supply a direct light path to the subject.


A great way to highlight trees and plants with interesting branch structure. Placing a fixture directly behind the subject and pointing it at a vertical surface displays a dark outline of the subject to the foreground observer. This technique accents the shape of an object, but not the color or texture.


This is another way to highlight interesting shapes and branch structure. Place a fixture directly in front of the subject and aim the light through it to cast a shadow on a vertical surface. To enlarge the shadow, position the luminaire closer to the subject. This type of lighting also adds security to a home or business.

Sign Lighting

Well-placed floodlytes keep signs working after dark. Optics should be selected to complement the orientation of the sign: horizontal flood optics are ideal for lighting across a wide object, while vertical optics better illuminate tall objects.

Fountain Lighting

Underwater illumination amplifies the dramatic effect of fountains, adding visual warmth and interest to parks, town squares and shopping centers. To use the water as a mirror, light the area behind the reflecting surface. Also, add colored lenses for dramatic effect.

Pond Lighting

Unlock the natural beauty of a pond or water garden after sundown by highlighting with underwater fixtures. In addition to extending the charm of the feature after dark, pond lighting gives you the option of using color lenses for different atmospheric effects.


An ideal approach to bring out the textured beauty of stone or brick retaining walls, privacy fences, chimneys, and other interesting masonry. Achieved by positioning a luminaire within six to eight inches of a facade and aiming it 90ø vertically.


The common technique of mounting lights high in trees to broadcast over a wide area. This type of installation creates general ambient light for backyard entertaining and also illuminates for safety and security. Downlighting fixtures can also be installed under eaves of a structure to highlight architectural detail.

Moon Lighting

Concealing a fixture in a tree and aiming it downward creates the tranquil effect of light filtering through the branches on a moonlit night. Moon lighting fixtures should be hidden and positioned as high as possible. For a complementary effect, a luminaire may be installed on the ground and pointed upward to illuminate the tree itself.


An excellent way to highlight the beauty of trees and architectural design. Repeating patterns in architecture (including windows, archways, etc.) and flowering trees come alive with the proper uplighting treatment.

Walkway Lighting

Used primarily to create a symmetrical pattern of light for navigation. Fully shielded fixtures may be positioned along landscape cutouts and pathways to add safety, security and visibility at night. Partially shielded lights may be positioned behind taller greenery; this allows light to filter through onto paths and distributes more illumination throughout the landscape.

Spread Lighting

The technique of low-level, evenly dispersed illumination for flowers, shrubs and other types of ground cover. Fully shielded luminaires work best to reduce glare. However, partially shielded fixtures may be positioned in deeper foliage landscapes where the additional light will serve to backlight greenery. Spread lighting may also be used underwater to illuminate an ornamental pond.

Step Lighting

Using light to accent steps pays dividends in beauty and safety, allowing visitors to navigate with ease. Fixtures can be recessed into step risers, underneath railings, and as surface lights on vertical posts.

Deck Lighting

Another way to enhance safety and accent design. Spotlight changes in elevation, deck edges, and drop-offs. Fixtures can be concealed beneath benches, underneath railings, and as surface lights on vertical posts.

Security Lighting

Eliminating dark areas where intruders can hide is an effective crime deterrent. Security lighting can be created without harsh glare by installing low-level lighting or accent lighting in and around the landscape of a home or business. The right combination will improve both appearance and security.

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