8 Dramatic Landscape Lighting Effects And How To Use Them

Want to set up some dramatic lighting in your garden but not sure how? Get some ideas from this list of landscape lighting effects and how to use them.

Want to set up some dramatic lighting in your garden but not sure how? Get some ideas from this list of landscape lighting effects and how to use them.

1. Down Lighting

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Down lighting is created by hanging a spot light above the ground and pointing it downwards to highlight a plant, object or area. It is very easy to make down lighting work because it is the way outdoor lighting happens naturally (light from the moon or street lights comes from above).

By hanging a spot light or two at the top of the arbor pointing down, you create path lighting that seems very natural…almost like moonlight…which also adds a very romantic feeling to the garden.

2. Uplighting

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Uplighting is achieved by installing a spot light at the bottom of plants or objects with the light facing upwards at an angle. This can be a very dramatic lighting effect since it isn’t one that is normally found in nature. It can also look a bit scary if it isn’t done right.

The other trick is try uplighting from different places around the plants. Light some of them from the front, some from the side and some from the back. That will create a mixture of shadows and textures that will keep the scene interesting.

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