Lighting techniques

Your home and landscape are our canvas and the light is our paint.

Designing a landscape lighting system is a lot like painting a portrait of your landscape and home using light.

Creating a beautiful lighting system is all about putting these techniques together to create the portrait.

Landscape Lighting techniques


By placing a fixture close to a wall and shining the light parallel, the texture of the surface jumps out. Mainly used to highlight features of the house, it can also be used to illuminate the bark of a tree.

Landscape Lighting techniques

Up Lighting

Used primarily to highlight a plant’s foliage, the fixture is placed below the area to be illuminated and shines the light upwards. Most often the fixture is placed ground level, however sometimes in the case of large trees, the fixture can also be located off the ground on the trunk of the tree.

Landscape Lighting techniques


Similar to shadowing, however, this time the fixture is placed between the object and the wall, with the light pointed towards the wall. The resulting contrast in light between the object and the wall forms a silhouette of the object.

Landscape Lighting techniques

Path Lighting

In order to define the border of a walkway, garden, or patio, path lighting is used. The fixtures are placed along the border and shine the light in a circular pattern. This fixture is unique in that it will remain highly visible even during the daytime, and as such, should be chosen to match the specific tastes of the owner.

Landscape Lighting techniques


This technique requires a wall behind the object in order to work. By placing a fixture in front of an object, whether it be a plant or other feature, and shining the light toward the wall, a shadow is projected.

Landscape Lighting techniques

Down Lighting

Generally used to light a large area at once, the fixture is placed in a gutter, trellis, or a tree, and shines downward.

Landscape Lighting techniques


By placing lights in the water, any ripple on the surface makes it look like the light is dancing. Alternately, you can also shine light from above, and use the reflective properties of water to illuminate an object close to the water’s edge.