Landscape Spotlighting by Hinkley Lighting
Hinkley Lighting Landscape Spotlighting
There are many ways to utilize spotlighting when designing your outdoor lighting plan. See below for examples of basic techniques that will help add visual interest to your home's exterior and surrounding landscape.
Uplighting refers to illuminating an object, area or surface from below. For the effect illustrated below, a spotlight is aimed at the tree in the foreground while the front of the home remains relatively dark. This method creates a focal point in the landscape.
Downlighting & Moonlighting:
Downlighting describes the illumination of an object, area, or surface from above. Moonlighting creates a natural effect. The light, usually mounted high inside the canopy of a tree, bathes the ground with a soft glow. For the effect illustrated below, spotlights are placed in hidden overhead locations and are pointed down to illuminate the sculpture in the center of the courtyard. Subtle areas of light and shadow are created on the ground.
Grazing emphasizes a textured surface (such as a tree trunk, a stone wall, climbing ivy, etc.) by placing a light source within one foot of that surface and aiming the light beam parallel to that surface. For the effect illustrated below, spotlights are placed beneath each stone pillar to create shadows and dimension, complementing the home's entryway.
Wall Washing is a technique that refers to the general illumination of a wall or surface. For the effect illustrated below, spotlights are placed along the front of the home to create a soft wash of light.
Also called backlighting, silhouetting is used to dramatize an interesting-shaped object. For the effect illustrated below, a spotlight is placed between the tree and the front of the home. The spotlight is aimed at the front of the home, creating a dramatic silhouette of the tree.
Shadowing is an effect created by placing a light source in front of an object and projecting a shadow onto a surface behind the object. For the effect illustrated below, spotlights are placed directly in front of the cacti, developing shadows which are projected onto the home's face creating an interesting and inviting facade.