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Low Voltage Landscape
Lighting Design Techniques

Now that you have some ideas on designing landscape lighting, lets look at the different low voltage landscape lighting design techniques that are used.

Understanding these low voltage landscape lighting design techniques is very important in choosing the right light fixtures, transformer and bulbs when purchasing your lighting system.

Here are the different types of lighting design techniques you might use in your landscape.

  • Up-lighting
  • Down-lighting
  • Path-lighting
  • Silhouette-lighting
  • Cross-lighting
  • Moonlighting
  • Mirror lighting
  • Wall washing or grazing lighting

Down Lighting

Down lighting is when you place the fixture above the object you are wanting to light. This type of lighting is often used to create a romantic atmosphere, to fill in areas in the landscape with a soft light, for moon lighting and for lighting large areas.

It is especially good for lighting trees, dry creek beds, waterfalls, patios, gazebos, and other garden structures.

By increasing the wattage of the bulb used in the fixture you can create a more intense light for areas that you want to be lit up more.

Path Lighting

Path lights are used for lighting paths, sidewalks and drive ways. The key to good path lighting is not to over do it by placing to many path fixtures along your walks or drives. By using a lower wattage bulbs you will create a continus soft lighting along your walk. Read more about Path Lighting Distance

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