Moonlight – when we think of the term, many romantic, elegant images come to mind. Within the realm of outdoor lighting, moonlighting is oftentimes equivalent to downlighting. This technique usually involves placing a fixture up in a tree or other structure to cast light down onto the ground, and it has become very popular in New Jersey.
Much of the appeal and allure of moonlighting comes from the name itself. Truthfully, it is only functional and beautiful in very specific settings. Some of these include large driveways needing additional light for navigation, decks and patios, swimming pool beaches, or playgrounds.
Like the moon itself, moonlighting forces all light emitted from the fixture downward. We refer to the technique as moonlighting because it approximates this effect. While it can create enticing shadowing on the ground, the world above the fixture remains in the dark, limiting considerably the depth-of-field and the volume of the entire decor. Moonlighting projects light on the upper side of the leaves, limbs, and branches, instead of the underneath that you enjoy seeing from the ground or from afar. When moonlighting is used in a tree, light does not envelop the tree, and the scope of the crown is shrouded in shadow.
Moonlighting is most striking when used in conjunction with uplighting, which allows the tree’s magnificent texture and features to shine. When combined, these two design techniques create enticing shadowing at ground level and reveal with force the full height, shape, strength, and vitality of the majestic oaks and maples we enjoy so much in our New Jersey landscape. This needs to be done by a professional who knows how to work (and play!) with the light.
If you have beautiful trees you want to illuminate this spring while enhancing the quality of the navigation on your property, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey. By demonstrating our outdoor lighting techniques in the evening, we can show you firsthand the difference professional outdoor lighting can make. We may use moonlighting to accomplish this, but first we will do what’s right for you and your property, and … you just might be surprised by the effects of our other design techniques.
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