In the Pacific Northwest, our warm weather season is notoriously short-lived. Why limit your outdoor use at home to daylight hours? Outdoor lighting enhances gardens, trees, homes, and buildings, and is practically limitless in possibilities.

A properly installed lighting system is a solid investment and you will enjoy the benefits for years to come. Whether you use lighting along a pathway for safety and security, or it is used to gently illuminate your landscape areas, ornamental lighting can dramatically enhance any garden or landscape.

Landscape Lighting Design Techniques

  • Up Lighting - used to highlight or accent distinct plants or accessories in your yard.
  • Down Lighting - also called moon lighting, this approach creates a soft, subtle glow and is usually accomplished with flood and spot lights that are mounted above the landscape rather than below.
  • Shadow Lighting - creates silhouette images of trees, plants, and accessories within the landscape design.
  • Accent Lighting - this effect like the name suggests, uses cross lighting as well as up lighting techniques to showcase a particular item in your garden with bright light in an otherwise dark area.
  • Path Lighting - provides lighting to ensure safety in dark areas as well as provide beauty to your landscape.
  • Step Lighting - typically shielded to cast a soft, but bright, glare free light across steps and decks.
  • Security Lighting - a great idea to serve as a security purpose and keep your yard well lit.
  • Cross Lighting -  creates a magnificent display of precisely placed beams of light blended with the evening shadows for an illusion of depth and texture.
  • Wall Wash Lighting - lateral along a wall or hedge, lighting a broad area.
  • Driveway Lighting - emits light on a much wider area.