When it gets dark outside, your outdoor living space should glow. However, the only way this is possible is by utilize the right type of landscape lighting. The fact is, there are likely quite a few appealing elements in your landscape, from interesting trees to exquisite stone retaining walls that you could highlight. The question is, how do you achieve a “natural” lighting look, that is still effective and aesthetically pleasing?

The answer is by utilizing uplighting and downlighting. This can be a tricky process, so it may be wise to enlist the help of the professionals.

Using Uplighting in Your Landscape

Examples of uplighting includes well lights and spotlights that are positioned so they shine upward to illuminate various structures in your yard. By properly positioning this light, you can accent the shape and texture of various objects, for example, the branches and leaves on a tree.

An appealing factor of uplighting is that it helps to draw your eye upward, which creates a sense of depth in the landscape when darkness falls. You can position uplights so they shine directly on a surface, such as a tree trunk or wall, or it can be positioned to light up and under a certain feature, such as a tree canopy. You can also create different “feels” with uplighting depending on how the light is positioned. For example, the effect can be modern and crisp if you create columns of light, or naturally dramatic by positioning the lights so they shoot into and behind a feature, creating a contrast of shadow and light.

Using Downlighting in Your Landscape

When downlighting is used, the fixtures are mounted on to a structure, so the light will shine down, accenting anything under it. Downlighting is effective for water features, landscape beds and other ground-level elements that you want to be a focal point.

A key to creating a natural looking effect is to conceal the light fixture if you can. You can hide your fixtures in the canopy of nearby trees or behind natural stones or other hardscape elements. The goal is to notice the features the light is illuminating, rather than the fixture itself of the beam of light shining down.

Using Uplighting and Downlighting Together

For most people, using a combination of up- and downlighting will be best. This is because you can layer the lighting elements, to create an extremely appealing and illuminating effect. If you are unsure of how to create a landscaping design that properly accentuates your property, then contact the professionals at The IDL Company. They can help create a customized lighting plan for your outdoor area.