Illuminating Trees in the Southeast
Getting the balance of lighting in your property correct is no easy feat, especially for someone without a lot of knowledge in lighting design. The Southeast has no shortage of beautiful trees. In our area, some that may come to mind are palm trees, oak trees, maple trees, pines, and more! It’s not as easy as you might think. The last thing you want to do is buy a spotlight to stick under each tree and call it a day! Here are some expert tips and factors to consider when illuminating your landscape and particularly, your trees.
Number of Landscaping Lights Needed
How mature is the tree? You’re going to take a different approach to lighting a 50 foot tall 100 year old oak tree that is a monumental part of your property than you would a 10 foot palm that you planted a couple years back. Smaller trees do not require foliage and trunk to have their own dedicated lights. The more common case that we illuminate is average sized trees. For these, you want to consider if your goal is to illuminate the tree from one angle which would typically require a minimum of two lights (maybe a tree against another structure) or if you are going for 360 degrees of illumination which would typically require 3 lights for an average sized tree.
Choosing What to Illuminate
One common mistake we see homeowners make when completing DIY landscape lighting or going with a rookie company is lighting EVERYTHING. Our team always makes suggestions based on the experience of the lighting designer but ultimately we will install what the homeowner requests as it is your property and ultimately your happiness is paramount. How do you know what you want to illuminate? Think of your tree lighting as an extension of your entire landscape lighting system. It is just a piece and not the entire pie. You want to avoid large patches of darkness as well as too much light in one place. Often, when we ask homeowners which trees have special features or meaning to them, it helps narrow down the process of what to light very quickly.
Prestige Outdoor Lighting has over a decade of residential landscape lighting in Myrtle Beach SC and Wilmington NC areas. Tree lighting is one of our specialties and our talented outdoor lighting team is prepared to guide you through the process. A good landscape lighting designer can create new effects and highlight features that you may not have even appreciated or noticed in the daylight before. To get started on your own landscape lighting system, just click here or give us a call at 910-754-5483.