There are a variety of lighting techniques that in combination create a beautiful and secure
environment for anyone. For each technique there are fixtures that work better than others.
Here are some techniques and the fixtures that best create the desired effects.


Displays a dark image of the subject by lighting a vertical surface directly
behind the subject. Effective to show shape but does not show the color or
texture of subject. Choose a subject that is close to a wall and place the
fixture out of sight behind the subject. Flood beam spreads work best.


MVS MR16 Uplight, RS20, IUL516-H, BL5016


Creates a shadow on a vertical surface by placing the fixture directly in
front of the subject. The closer the light fixture to the subject, the larger
the shadow. General-purpose lamps create a better effect.


SQ10W LED Floodlight, SI-20, RL20, Stellar

Tree Uplighting

Up lighting from base of tree. If flowers are on the outside of the canopy or
foliage is dense, fixtures must be placed outside of the drip line. If flowers
are allover branches or foliage is light, fixtures can be placed under the
tree close to the trunk. The addition of a pale blue or mercury vapor lens
to Halogen lamps adds a subtle moonlight color to the trees, or use a Cool
White LED lamp.


MVS MR16 Uplight, Moon Visions LED Uplights, IL116G-H, RS20

Tree Downlighting

Downlighting from within the tree. Use with smaller ornamental trees to cast
light around the base or through the tree with the fixture. Add a pale blue
or mercury vapor lens to create a moonlight effect to Halogen lamps, or
use a Cool White LED lamp.


Moon Visions LED Downlights, MVS MR16 Downlight, BL5016

Step and Deck

Lights high traffic areas. Run cables along or under the existing structure
to reduce clutter. Consider placing fixtures under built-in benches for a
clean look. All changes in elevation in the landscape such as steps or
terraces should be illuminated for safety.


DAL1, SL17, SL08, SL18H


Creates a symmetrical pattern of light for illuminating walkways & steps.
Use in open area where plant growth will not interfere with light distribution.
Avoid the runway look by staggering spacing.


MUL4-G, DL20-12R, AL01, SP20
**These are just some of our favorites. Please refer to our low voltage
lights in our on-line catalog for more options.**


Enhances texture of a vertical surface by placing a fixture directly against
the surface and aiming the beam directly up or down. Try grazing on brick
or stone walls. It is not effective on siding, due to the shadows caused by
the siding not being a flat surface. Wide floods work best. Fixtures should
be placed 6-8″ from wall, aimed straight up.


MVS MR16, Moon Visions LED Uplights, RS20, IL116G-H

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