Up or Down for Landscape Lighting?

Designing your landscape lighting is a great process where you can get really creative. You’ll have a few decisions to make, one of these being the direction your lights will point in. In this blog, we’ll look at the difference between uplighting and downlighting and how you can use these different outdoor lighting styles at your home.

The difference between uplighting and downlighting

The difference is simple when it comes to uplighting and downlighting – one points upward the other points downward.

So, with uplighting, your lighting fixture will likely be on the ground or on a low wall, for example, and the stream of light will be directed upward. You can even embed landscape lighting within the ground so that the fixture itself is less noticeable.

With downlighting, the light will be fixed somewhere higher, like to a wall or beneath the eaves of your house. The stream of light will then point downward.

When to choose uplighting

Uplighting can be used to highlight and draw attention to standing features, like trees and stone statues. The light cast over these features and the shadows created as a result can produce a really dramatic effect.

Uplighting is also great for water features, ponds, and swimming pools. Placing waterproof lights under the water and shining light upward creates an incredible effect while drawing the eye to your water feature. This is a good solution for safety as well as aesthetics because it prevents people from tripping or falling into the water by making it more visible.

When to choose downlighting

Downlighting is good for accentuating ground level features, such as a flower bed. It is also generally a more practical choice when you are lighting your yard for safety and visibility reasons. You have the benefit of the light fixtures being completely out of the way, so there’s no risk of tripping over them.

You can use downlighting effectively to create a natural-looking moonlight effect across your garden. Positioning lights up in tree branches can be done to cast dramatic looking shadows across your yard.

Depending on what features you have in your garden, it is usually a good idea to use a combination of both uplighting and downlighting to properly accentuate all your focal points. This also provides a more natural, layered effect.

If you’re planning your home lighting, then contact the Castlelights team for advice on your landscape lighting around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville, and the surrounding Piedmont Triad.