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The Art of Landscape Moonlighting Design

The Art of Landscape Moonlighting Design

Landscape moonlighting is an excellent way to brighten up your yard in the darkness at night. This landscape lighting design is an art as it makes your favorite spot in your garden more helpful even during the night. It helps accentuate your outdoor space, developing an artwork of well-crafted landscaping. So, how does moonlighting work?

The art of landscape moonlighting can uplift your landscaping to the next level when implemented well. Your space becomes usable even after the sunset. To achieve moonlighting, you’ll have to install downlights high in the trees near your house. Moonlighting creates an artwork that beautifies and illuminates pathways.

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What is Moonlighting and How Does it Work?

Landscape moonlighting is the installation of lighting fixtures, specifically downlights, high above the trees to create beautiful artwork on your landscape at night. It eliminates dark spots on pathways and stairs. Mount the lights above the lowest tree branches, creating a dappled effect on the ground surface. As a result, it creates beautiful artwork.

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The Benefits of Moonlighting for Your Landscape

This type of lighting technique brings numerous benefits to your landscape design. By illuminating the ground from above the trees, moonlighting feels more natural. When the wind sways the leaves, it leaves the shadows dancing at your feet at night. White blooming rhododendrons, azaleas, and other flowering shrubs create a unique effect.

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Why Choose a Moonlighting Design?

You can use the moonlighting technique to accent lower plantings, planted urns, and outdoor living spaces. That’s because it creates a beautiful artwork beneath tall trees. Besides, moonlighting uses LED lighting technology to illuminate your landscape using the lowest energy possible. As a result, it helps you save money on energy bills.

Creating a Beautiful Landscape at Night with Moonlighting

If you need a lighting design that works like the natural light from the full moon, consider landscape moonlighting. This outdoor lighting system emits a soft glow to light up your landscape and pathways during the darkest nights. To create an excellent moonlighting effect, you need to consult landscape lighting professionals at AM Garden for help.

Contact us today to talk to our professionals about your moonlighting project.

Should You Update Your Landscape Lighting?

Should You Update Your Landscape Lighting?

Wondering whether or not to upgrade or add to your existing outdoor / landscape lighting?

Do you have an older lighting system that either does not work very well or not at all? LED technology has advanced in a significant manner over the last five years. As one example, in 2020, scientists even developed a technique that allows for a single LED to produce all three primary colors, which allows the manufacturers full-spectrum, multi-color lights! Imagine having the ability to change the color of your lights, via a mobile application, based on the season of a special day. IE. Christmas colors, blue for law enforcement support, pink for valentines day, etc. LED technology is a great option for exterior lighting. As opposed to traditional halogen light systems, LED has lots of benefits, including energy efficiency, durability, low cost, and low maintenance.

But I have a 120-volt system. Can I upgrade to LED?

120-volt systems are a great alternative for commercial applications, where several hundred feet of coverage is required. If you currently have a 120-volt system, consider this: Each of those bulbs are consuming approximately 60 watts of power, whereas an average LED fixture will consume only 7 watts. And, if your system has antiquated Halogen bulbs, you could expect to use 80% less energy with LED technology. Also, a typical LED lamp has a life expectancy of approximately 45,000 hours. To put that into perspective, if you have your LED system turned on every night, for eight hours a day, you could expect these bulbs to last 15 years, or longer!

What can I expect LED maintenance to cost?

Regular maintenance, usually every one to two years, is recommended to avoid costly repairs. We offer a free one-year maintenance plan at Alexander Michaels Garden, Landscape, And Outdoor Lighting. We will check your system bi-annually forbad bulbs, overgrown vegetation, transformer connections, and wire that has become unburied. All outdoor lighting systems will require maintenance, but LED will require less maintenance and repair over the years.

Do you want your outdoor lighting system updated or retrofitted?

The experts with Alexander Michael’s Garden, Landscape, and Outdoor Lighting are here for you! Call us at 832-515-8240, fill out our online Contact Us Form, and let us provide you with a free design consultation and proposal. Check out our gallery recent projects here.

 

 

 

Transform Your Landscape Lighting With Color!

Transform Your Landscape Lighting With Color!

Whether you want to add to an existing landscape lighting system or begin a new design from scratch, kick your design element into high gear by adding color. Alexander Michaels Garden, Landscape, And Outdoor Lighting can design and install a light color-changing system that will set your design apart from the rest.

APP CONTROLLED

Download a user-friendly APP that connects your smart device to the main transformer. Control the light color and lighting schedule for holidays and special occasions with the app’s simple “click” of a button. You can take the stress out of holiday decorating. No more weekends spent untangling lights or climbing ladders. With the touch of a button, your home lighting will be ready for Christmas, Halloween, or the 4th of July. You can even schedule the lights to change color on a set date, and they will change automatically every year! Then, it is very simple to change your system back to more traditional warm or cool lights for the remainder of the year.

Up Lights And Down Lights

Up and down-lights are available in various wattages and come in aluminum and brass finish options.

Path Lights And Tiki Torch Lights

Whether you are illuminating the path to your front door or around a pool or patio, these lights give you a perfect blend of mood and safety lighting.

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Outdoor Lighting Techniques And Effects

Outdoor Lighting Techniques And Effects

Alexander Michael’s Garden, Landscape, And Outdoor Lighting take pride in our knowledge and experience with the different techniques for outdoor lighting. We use our expertise to employ each of these techniques to achieve the most effective results. Our design process is much more than placing a bunch of accent fixtures around your home and calling it a “design”. We consider our customer’s lighting objective, the size, and placement of landscaping, the color scheme of the home, the size of the trees, and the overall size of the property.

The two most common design flaws that I have observed are:

  1. Incorrect placement of fixtures; In particular, the incorrect aim of the fixture. Most fixtures have lamps (bulbs) that come in a variety of spread widths, from 15 degrees to 120 degrees! The correct spread should be considered when designing the layout and overall lighting objective.
  2. Every square inch of your landscape or home does not need to be illuminated. An effective design will have layers of lighting, highlighting focal points of the property. So, of the 8 primary lighting techniques, the following are my favorite: (We will cover other techniques in future articles)

 

Shadowing Effect

With the proper fixture placement and the correct light spread, the shadowing effect is a dramatic look. Not only will the subject plant or bush be illuminated, but the shadowing of the plant will cast a shadow onto the backdrop behind the plant. Palm trees are a great tree to utilize this effect. The placement of fixtures and correct lamp spread is critical with this technique. I’ve included pictures of this technique at the end of this article.

Moon Lighting

My absolute favorite! This technique is not for the installer who is afraid of heights, as it requires climbing into the canopy of a large tree. We use a wide beam specialty fixture that simulates moonlight with the shadow of the canopy branches casting onto the ground below. We always use climbing safety gear. This type of installation brings me back to my childhood tree-climbing days! The approach is straightforward. It also requires a couple of conditions:

    • The tree should be large, with a wide canopy.
    • There MUST be a significant branch pattern from the middle of the canopy to the ground. It’s important that the fixture is installed high enough in the tree to allow the light to filter down through limbs and branches to create this shadowing.

Path Lighting

Path Lighting is an effective way to tie the lighting design together I recommend using a staggard pattern alternating sides of the pathway. Remember though, you DO NOT want single-stemmed pathway lights installed in grassy areas, as whoever mows your grass is likely to destroy the fixture. There are several fixture choices that will alleviate this potentially costly issue, including larger bollards and low-profile fixtures.

 

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