Uplights are among the most popular choices for lighting up any outdoor space. You can definitely bring the dark areas outside your home to life with uplighting. It can highlight garden features, water features, and pathways as well as driveways.
Many homeowners concentrate their efforts on renovating the interior of their homes. But updating your landscaping is another great way to attract buyers and add value to your property.
Landscaping might look like a straightforward task, but there are many things to consider to do it right. Before you start adding your light fixtures including uplights, make sure you have thought through some things carefully. You don’t want to end up over-lighting your exterior and missing the mark when it comes to creating a beautiful ambience. If you want to know more, continue reading.
Adding uplights to your landscape is one of the easiest ways to add drama to the areas that do not stand out during the day. This type of light illuminates the upper portion of a tree, creating a striking contrast between the dark lower branches and the illuminated upper portion of the trunk.
Uplights can help with security?
Lighting your outdoor area with any type of lighting fixture helps you see all the way to the edges of your property and makes it difficult for intruders to hide. But remember, overly bright lights can have a negative effect or can create light trespass.
More reasons to install Uplights on your property:
Creating beautiful focal points and architectural features throughout your property
At night, it emits an elegant and grandiose atmosphere.
Increases the depth of your landscaping
Encourages the eyes to look up, lengthening your property and making it appear larger.
Any property boundaries are established or emphasized.
Type of Uplights you can install for your exterior landscaping
Bullet Uplighting Fixtures
This fixture is directional lighting for landscape lighting and features a bright bulb. It has a precise focused beam that is often used for larger trees that you want to be a highlight on your property
Well Uplighting Fixture
In this type of lighting fixture, the bulb is housed in a waterproof case and casts a light that shines directly upward. This is ideal for smaller, ornamental trees, bushes, and other shrubs planted near the base of your tree trunk. Also, well uplighting is installed within the ground or garden bed, rather than installed above ground like bullet lighting fixtures.
Floodlights are similar to bullet lighting fixtures, but they cast a broader light beam. For that reason, we suggest using flood lights on larger, wider trees. Just keep in mind to limit the use if possible because they give off a very intense white light. Take a look at our Lemery 10W Black Flood Light for this type of uplight fixture.
Simple guide on how to use Uplights around your trees
Before angling your uplighting fixture, place it directly at the base of each tree trunk. This will help capture its branches during the winter, and its leaves, fruits and flowers during spring and summer.
If you have evergreen trees, you can try placing uplighting fixtures at their base and shining the light upwards. You will surely get mesmerizing 360-degree illumination that way.
Choose a softer light for smaller, more ornamental trees to create a slight enhancement and it looks more natural rather than too bright.
Install downlighting on larger trees to create a contrast and have light casting from above and below for a more dramatic effect.
Make it possible to keep your lighting fixtures hidden so they wouldn’t draw attention to the ground rather than upward. Remember, the tree is the main character.
Learning how you can add elegance to your outdoor living space by highlighting your trees with the use of uplights is a great thing. Once you applied these tips, you’ll see how uplights will draw the eye up and away from shorter buildings and structures, giving your home and property a more stately appearance.
Uplights vs Downlights: The Differences
Your electrician or landscaping professional may have mentioned uplights and downlights when planning your exterior lighting. When it comes to lights, terms can be confusing for homeowners and business owners, we know that. But here we’ll talk about the differences between these two, uplights and downlights.
For distinct differences, uplights create a more open and ambient feel while downlights give a more focused and welcoming light. This is because uplights can shine through the space and sky above, while downlights shine directly to the floor and are more focused on the elements of your space.
Uplighting vs Downlighting: Exterior Lighting
The installation for exterior uplights is at ground level that shines upward onto a home's exterior. This type of lighting is best used to emphasize the home's landscaping, architecture, and even specific parts of your property such as trees.
Another thing since uplights cast a bright light, it is ideal for creating shadows, adding depth to surfaces, defining boundaries outside of your property, and layering your security lighting. Uplights are also known as bullet or spot lights which are the terms that you usually hear. When you're looking for a way to make your home and space look more grandiose, you can consider uplighting.
Exterior downlights allow you to highlight the ground level of your property, as well as layers and textures on the exterior of your house. Unlike uplighting, which usually provides a more intense look and adds a sense of security, downlighting is often used to make your house feel warm and welcoming.
Downlights make landscaping, fountains, and other ground-level features look particularly lovely after dark. If you love outdoor gatherings, it is a great lighting choice to create pathways and help your family and guests to find their way around. Many homeowners add moonlighting—lights in trees or other high vantage points shining down on patios, pools, or other entertaining areas—to give the effect of moonlight.
Is the combination of uplights and downlights a good idea?
Definitely. It’s great to have both uplighting and downlighting. You can use uplights for general ambient light, and downlights for more focused lighting. Depending on your needs, you can easily use both.
Let’s face it, when you have a cozy, welcoming space to relax with family and friends, it invites more of that sort of thing into your life. Uplighting illuminate your landscape at night using energy-efficient LED fixtures that are designed for longevity and come with a warranty. Schedule a consultation today to see the difference lighting can make in your home.