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Artistic Landscape Lighting Techniques to Create Enchanting Nightscapes | TLC Incorporated

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When you think of landscape lighting, you might tend to think of just a few randomly placed outdoor lights scattered throughout a property. But in fact, an installer of landscape lights is an artist of sorts, using a palette of light and shadow to create an artistic nightscape.

And as with all artists, a professional installation expert relies upon a number of proven techniques for achieving the best results. These are just a few of the techniques used in creating work-of-art nightscapes:


Spotlights are placed on the ground and aimed upwards, highlighting the best or most impressive features of an object, such as the canopy of a tree, for example. Sometimes multiple lights are focused upon a single large object.


Spotlights are focused downward upon an object or landscape feature. Lights are commonly attached to trees, rooflines or garden walls. The focus of the light can be adjusted to achieve the desired radius of illumination.


Landscape features are highlighted with lights focused from 2 or more directions.


A spread light is placed between a plant (or an object such as a fountain or statue) and a wall or fence. This silhouettes the object against a background of soft white light.


A light is placed behind a feature such as a uniquely-shaped plant, and aimed towards a wall or fence. This casts the shadow of the object against a background of light.


Lights mounted high in the canopies of trees, and aimed downwards, creates the hauntingly beautiful effect of a full-moon shadowscape.


Lights are used to highlight and focus attention upon specific features or objects. The lights may be aimed upwards or downwards, and the beam widened or narrowed for dramatic effect.

Your Landscape is a Work of Art. Shouldn’t Your Nightscape Be, Too?

You’ve invested lots of sweat and money into your landscape. The result is that your landscape is a work of art by day. It’s a shame, then, for all of that beauty to lie hidden from dusk to dawn.

Let a landscape lighting installation professional employ his tricks-of-the-trade in highlighting the beauty of your landscape by night. Then you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your landscape labors 24-7.

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For more than 20 years, TLC, Inc has specialized in the planning, installation and maintenance of high-quality commercial and residential: Lawn Sprinklers and Irrigation Systems Lawn Lighting Outdoor Lighting Holiday Lighting Lighting for outdoor features including pools, hot tubs, spas, decks and walkways A dedicated team of lighting and irrigation specialists for the Mid-Atlantic Region Bob Carr and his dedicated, talented staff have been keeping the metro area green and lit with pride for over 25 years. TLC, Inc. began as a small residential lawn sprinklers / irrigation service installation and maintenance business in 1981. Today, TLC Inc. is recognized as a leader in the lawn sprinklers / irrigation services, outdoor lighting and decorative lighting field throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including Maryland, Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Delaware.
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