The poetry of tree lighting.

Outdoor architectural and tree lighting in San Antonio

Outdoor architectural and tree lighting in San Antonio

Throughout history the tree itself has always been a cultural symbol. The tree is oftentimes used to represent nature and the environment. In mythology, as well as ancient folklore there is a “tree of life” which represents fertility as well as immortality. The tree helps all of us sustain life, with our close-knit cycle of oxygen to carbon dioxide exchange. Trees are very important to our ecosystem even down to each breath we take.  That being confirmed, the tree’s beauty is profound, from stately and regal to haunting and willowy. Ornamental trees that are readily used within our homes landscapes are no stranger to that unique beauty that details the characteristics of each conifer. Specimen trees make a perfect candidate to be lit with the addition of outdoor lighting.

Tree lighting, pool lighting

This tree lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio uses uplighting to accentuate the height and form of the tree.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio recognizes the beauty of the tree, as does many of its happy customers who chose to apply tree lighting within their outdoor lighting installation. Tree lighting comes in many forms and can provide a multitude of functions, from creating a focal point within the landscape to becoming a pillar of light to illuminate the darkest night and providing ample light on a pathway or sidewalk. The possibilities are endless. Tree lighting can be used to create depth and texture within a landscape or garden lighting design. Of course we can’t forget to mention the origins of the classic holiday tree, lit top to bottom in an array of stunning illumination to ring in good times and make us look back at joyous times of old.

Palm Tree Lighting San Antonio

Palm Tree Lighting San Antonio

As with any outdoor lighting application which is properly designed and executed, tree lighting should bring your attention to the object you are illuminating, as with the case of tree lighting, this would be the tree itself. Proper tree lighting  should inspire the onlooker by the effect that the lighting has on the tree, not the fixture providing it. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio, our goal is to always focus on the effect our outdoor lighting creates and not the fixture the light is coming from.

Tree lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

These mesquite trees take tree lighting to a new level, simply breathtaking

This effect takes years of experience to perfect. We start out by using the proper fixture to create the desired effect. We also choose specimens that will accentuate the lighting, not obscure it, those trees with too many limbs or limbs that are bushy and close together don’t make for good tree lighting. Once we have decided, along with the homeowner’s imput on the perfect tree, we then proceed with the appropriate  fixture. Many times we use uplighting to compliment the tree’s height and width. When choosing a tree to promote the use of down lighting or moon lighting, we like to play the light off upper branches to create a dazzling effect onto the area we are looking to illuminate. We can also use lights to create a layered effect when lighting multiple groupings of trees, this highlights the form of the trees, for a stunning effect. We also make sure not to harm the tree in any way during the installation. Damage caused to a tree can pave the way for insect and disease to move in and cause further damage, or even kill the tree. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio also makes certain cords and wiring is out of sight, which means no dangers involved with loose cords or exposed areas running atop the ground which can become a safety hazard.

We added tree lighting to this group of trees adjacent to a waterfall. Notice how the light dances off the water.

If you are ready to add tree lighting to increase the beauty and ambiance within your lawn and landscape, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of  San Antonio to learn more about all aspects of beautiful and elegant outdoor lighting. We also offer holiday lighting for those special trees or evergreens within your landscape. (830) 624 – 1300 email: sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

You can also visit our photo gallery for more examples of stunning tree lighting at : http://san-antonio.outdoorlights.com/local/gallery/landscape-garden-lighting.html

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio creates tree lighting that makes even old man willow blush

Outdoor architectural and tree lighting in San Antonio

Outdoor architectural and tree lighting in San Antonio

Tree lighting is definitely one of the best ways of emphasizing your landscape and residence in terms of outdoor lighting. Proper design and application can create a surreal layering effect, from light dancing along pathways to up a driveway, to using uplighting to focus the illumination on a specific conifer. With tree lighting the choices are as endless as the trees mother nature has blessed us to work with.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio creates ethereal tree lighting within many of its outdoor lighting applications. The key is to work with the natural lines of the tree you are lighting. Dense trees do not make good candidates for lighting because they not only snuff out the light, but are quite difficult to light. When choosing a tree to light you look for character, size and ultimately how the limbs are formed. An ideal scenario occurs when limbs branch over one another, in layers, and you can light the upper branches and let the light trickle down and envelop the area you are trying to illuminate. This technique creates a hauntinglydreamy effect.

Tree lighting with exposed cording is dangerous and unsightly

Tree lighting with exposed cording is dangerous and unsightly

Not only is there a method to the madness when it comes to tree lighting, there are important safety issues as well. We see tree lighting all the time that is just an accident waiting to happen, with exposed cords, drop cords and wiring that has grown into the tree wounding the bark and branches and causing it to be susceptible to diseases and insects. Outdoor lighting Perspectives of Nashville recently covered the subject of tree lighting in this informative piece… http://outdoorlightingnashville.com/2011/07/26/outdoor-lighting-perspectives-of-nashville-proves-it-is-good-to-fool-with-mother-nature-in-terms-of-tree-lighting/

This cord has actually grown into the tree, which leaves the tree damaged and vulnerable to disease and insects

This cord has actually grown into the tree, which leaves the tree damaged and vulnerable to disease and insects

When we install the tree lighting we make sure there are no exposed wires that may inhibit lawn work and maintenance and risk an injury. We also treat the tree with special care and  consideration and never cause damage that could deteriorate the tree in the future. This is why it is crucial to make sure a professional lighting specialist installs your outdoor lighting, in every aspect. After all your home is the single most expensive investment in your life, why trust your outdoor lighting that is supposed to enhance this investment’s beauty to an amateur?

Tree lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

These mesquite trees take tree lighting to a new level, simply breathtaking

Texas has many trees native to the state that make excellent specimens for tree lighting such as the Hackberry tree, Walnuts, Maples, Oaks , Palm trees and of course the breathtaking Mesquite tree. San Antonio is fortunate to have so many beautiful specimens that are candidates for tree lighting. Whenever we enter the property of a prospective client we anticipate the outdoor lighting installation like an artist would a blank canvas.

When considering the prospect of adding light to trees within your landscape Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio has compiled a list of do’s to prepare you with the knowledge to ensure your professional outdoor lighting specialist covers all the necessary areas of importance.

Do balance the lighting so that the effect is seen in the overall application. Outdoor lighting that promotes unity and harmony within the landscape will help you achieve an overall effect, instead of spots of light that have no rhyme or reason.

Do try to layer the effect with tree lighting on multiple branches to get that haunting, dappled effect that is so aesthetically pleasing.

Do make certain the tree you are lighting is treated with TLC so as not to become damaged and vulnerable to disease and insects.

Do keep lines and powers  sources  invisible to the eye as much as possible to ensure they do not hinder the effect or become a safety hazard.

Do choose the candidates for tree lighting carefully, to get the biggest “bang” for your buck. It is also crucial not to go overboard on lighting trees, remember, less is always more.

Do choose an outdoor lighting specialist with experience with tree lighting.

No matter what type of outdoor lighting design you choose, tree lighting can give you stunning effects. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio to learn more about tree lighting as well as landscape and garden lighting. Call (830) 624 – 1300 or send us an email at sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

You can  also see more tree lighting by visiting  our landscape and garden lighting photo gallery to see more at http://san-antonio.outdoorlights.com/local/gallery/landscape-garden-lighting.html

Tree lighting is not just for Christmas

Tree lighting San Antonio

Tree lighting San Antonio

I’ve been designing and installing outdoor architectural and landscape lighting for years. But one of my favorite types of outdoor lighting to design is tree lighting. Here’s why. Lighting design is an art form. The more you look at how light is interpreted, you realize there is really a difference between one lighting effect and another. There really is a difference between using one lighting fixture and another. There is a big difference between up lighting and down lighting.

Tree lighting, pool lighting

Tree lighting, pool lighting

In lighting design, the amount of shadow is just as important as the amount of light. Using a giant spot light will certainly light stuff up. But, it will also “blow it out”. You will lose what makes the structure beautiful by putting too much light on it. In good outdoor lighting design, shadow is created. Take a look at the picture above. The scene is very pretty – the lush green yard, the beautiful stone wall, the beautiful home. But your eye is quickly drawn to the tree shadow on the lawn. We need look only once at the shadow to determine what the shadow pattern is. The shadow pattern is that of lighting coming down through the leaves of the tree.

Here’s another picture of down lighting through trees. Notice the shadow pattern on the grass.

tree lighting San Antonio

tree lighting San Antonio

By choosing to down light from the tree, a magical and romantic shadow pattern is created on the grass. The shadow pattern is welcoming and interesting.

Give us a call to explore some tree lighting at your home. Spend your holiday money wisely by investing in permanent tree lighting for your yard.