Winter Lighting Ideas

Take advantage of shorter winter days and create beautiful views with outdoor landscape lighting.

It’s cold outside and with winter’s shorter days it is dark in the morning and before dinnertime.  Many features of the outside of your home are probably not looking their best right now.  You may not realize the wonderful opportunities outdoor lighting can provide this time of year.   By focusing on the inside out, you can create inspiring views at night.

Up-light key trees.  Trees look great when up-lit and those with interesting bark and textures look particularly nice during the winter months.  Up-light trees that you can see out of your windows at night.  This will create a new dimension and feeling in your interior space.  It will be like adding a new, one of a kind piece of fine art to a room!

Add depth.  By adding three or more levels of lighting to say a backyard view, you can create artful depth to the scene.   For instance, up-light a small tree close to the house (foreground), down-light a section of lawn behind that (middle ground), then up-light three large trees at the back edge of your property (background).  This will create a beautiful “scene” with a greater sense of depth.  In addition, by varying lamp (bulb) wattages you can add additional depth and drama.

Let it snow.  The best part about outdoor lighting in the winter is the views can significantly change with the weather.  Snow is the most dramatic difference.  Different types of snow events will create different views.  Wet snow will be different from dry snow for instance.  Rain creates more glare on trees. Fog adds mystery.

Think about these things when designing your outdoor lighting and you will have a completely new appreciation for your winter landscape!

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