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Uplighting vs. downlighting

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by carcrz, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    At what height of tree do you start considering down-lighting over up-lighting?
  2. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,645

    It depends on the tree, but I moonlight (downlight) from trees on average at 16 feet and up, and I will usually put an uplight at the same spot if the client likes the effect.
  3. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    That is a really hard question to answer! It depends entirely on the tree (species, height, caliber, location,) as well as on the desired effect. Moonlighting (downlighting) gives a nice, soft, wide spread and sometimes ethereal glow (when done right) to the area, uplighting on the other hand is much more dramatic and genearlly brighter.

    I do a LOT of moonlighting here, but we are blessed with lots of great trees. For the most part I locate all of my downlights at 32' off the ground. If I have to go much lower then 24' I will generally look to another tree or another way of lighting it.

    "The higher the light, the closer to God"
  4. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,843

    This post leads me to believe that you mean that you may be trying to light the tree trunk itself with a down light. While this is entirely possible, I usually reserve down lighting/moon lighting for surrounding objects, features or ground cover to give a more dramatic effect. Personally, I always like to uplight the tree itself. Even if it has a moon light in the canopy, I will most likely up light it to wash out the effect of the light source coming down.
    Just personal preference I guess.
  5. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

  6. NiteTymeIlluminations

    NiteTymeIlluminations LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 367

    too hot...hopefully thats just the photo
  7. Go Halogen

    Go Halogen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    Joey......What's up with the search light effect??

    That picture reminds me of an old X-Files episode......:laugh:

    That is why Unique needs to come standard with a 20 watt BAB/60...
    Just kidding......

  8. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    HAHAH......I dont know the history of this photo and what lights or how many are being used. Does look bright, it didnt look so hot at 6:30am...lol Should have used a frosted lens.

    Joey D.
  9. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    OK OK OK.....Maybe I can redeam myself here. Here is a good example of moonlighting. This was done with Quasar 1 fixtures w/ 20w BAB lamps and frosted lenses. The lgihts are about 20 ft high. Not sure exactly how many there are here.

  10. pete scalia

    pete scalia LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 960

    What kind of fixtures are those that are built into the driveway that is uplighting the wooden gate? Looks like they are popping slightly above the concrete drive. They can be driven over without harm?

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