What is Moonlighting?
Nothing beats a warm evening where your surroundings are lit by moonlight. Depending on the weather conditions and cloud cover, as well as the landscape of your home, the moonlight can be hidden from sight.
By incorporating the moonlighting technique to your Landscape Lighting System you'll be able to enjoy the same beautiful effect you get from natural moonlight.
In moonlighting, a soft glow mimics the natural light of the moon. Lighting fixtures are mounted high in nearby trees or on the eaves and peaks of homes. To ensure effectiveness and create a realistic feeling of moonlight, it is a good idea to mount the lights well above the tree branches so that they cast shadows downward. Furthermore, fixtures can be mounted above the lowest branches of a tree to create a dappled effect on the ground. This solution is also great for areas with low-growing plants. Moonlighting is perfect for softly lighting paths, gardens & outdoor living areas.
In landscape lighting design, moonlighting isn't a standalone technique. A landscape's lighting should be integrated with several other techniques to create a cohesive appearance. Uplighting coupled with the design can bring beautiful harmony to the property. Using either one or the other will create an unappealing visual separation. Combining up and down lighting makes it difficult to determine where one light source ends and the other begins. The result is a natural, harmonious look.
The use of moonlight in Landscape Lighting has several advantages. The moonlighting contributes to the continuation of lighting coming from above by providing a natural effect. Shadows dancing through your landscape as the leaves sway in the breeze create a relaxing effect you cannot experience with any other type of lighting. Lighting this way is not just pleasing to the eyes, but it is also an effective way to get rid of dark spots along pathways or stairs.